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Is it possible to "record" onto NLS Digital Talking Book cartridges?

My mother-in-law, who is blind, lives 200 miles away. She has no access to (and no desire to try to use) a computer, but I know she would enjoy the wealth of audio now available on-line as podcasts. I am trying to figure out a method by which I could periodically send her a collection of podcasts in an accessible format. She doesn't like CD players, and would probably have great difficulty with an MP3 player, but she has the new player for NLS digital talking books. I was hoping there might be a way for me to convert podcast audio to the correct format and transfer it onto a "blank" DTB cartridge. I think this involves two hurdles: 1) finding some software to convert the podcast audio into a format that the DTB player understands, and 2) obtaining a device that will allow me to "record" onto (rather than simply play) a DTB cartridge. (I would also need a supply of "blank" DTB cartridges and mailers, and I don't know whether these are readily available to private individuals.) A half hour of googling this morning has netted lots of info about the DTB player and how to use it, but nothing about creating content for it on DTB cartridges. Any info on this subject would be much appreciated.

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Re:Is it possible to "record" onto NLS Digital Talking Book cartridges?



A great question with answers I'll be actively exploring very soon!

I've got a suggestion from a slightly different perspective. Just today I noticed something on the NPR site about an internet radio they're offering for about $200. Such radios can be found elsewhere, too. as far as I know, they all would need to connect to the internet through either a wireless or ethernet connection. NPR's is at

http://shop.npr.org/products/DICE_Vision_Free_HD_R...

While I understand and sympathize with her reluctance to use computers, it seems to me that it wouldn't really be necessary to do so. All that would be necessary (I think, correct me if I'm wrong!) would be to have an Internet Service Provider install a modem in her home, connect that directly to the radio with an ethernet cable (which could be 50' long, if necessary) or a wireless router and then program the radio to cycle through a number of podcast "stations."

She could then just use the radio's pushbuttons to find them, which shouldn't be too hard to do on at least some of the radios on offer. This way, no computer would be necessary at all (though one would still have the monthly fees to the Service Provider.)

Unless, of course, she had a friendly neighbor within wireless range who'd let her piggyback on his or her wireless connection....

Hope something of all this might help,

Irenaeus


Re:Is it possible to "record" onto NLS Digital Talking Book cartridges?



That's wonderfully helpful. Thank you so much!


Re:Is it possible to "record" onto NLS Digital Talking Book cartridges?



Hi,

The faqs at http://www.bardtalk.com/faq.php should give you most of your answers

cartridges and cables are at Perkins School for the Blind (and a few other vendors but seemed to have lower prices)

NLS/BARD 1GB Blank Cartridge, Library of Congress New Digital Talking Book Players $10.99

https://secure2.convio.net/psb/site/Ecommerce/1141...

NLS/BARD 1GB Blank Cartridge, Library of Congress New Digital Talking Book Players with USB Cable $17.99

https://secure2.convio.net/psb/site/Ecommerce/1141...

NLS/BARD USB Cable for Library of Congress Cartridge

https://secure2.convio.net/psb/site/Ecommerce/1141...

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now thats just using the "bard" usb port

you can use the side usb port (I do) with a flash drive to play MP3 audiobooks (you might have to use the guide at bard talk link to remove the flash dives U3 built in software) and that might give you more options

I have my cities library, state library and bard library to get free materials from

OverDrive Media Console™ Accessibility Guide
http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/accessibilit...

OverDrive Media Console™ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/faq.asp

hope that helps


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