Monday 12 January 2015

NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service)

NNELS is a growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and other accessible formats provided for use by persons with print disabilities. Nova Scotia Public Libraries are pleased to provide this new service to library customers in our communities.

You might be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you, but maybe it would be helpful to a friend or family member. 

The Canadian Copyright Act defines a print disability as:
·             Severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes
·             The inability to hold or manipulate a book
·             An impairment relating to comprehension

This can be a temporary situation, maybe as a result of eye surgery or a broken wrist, etc., if so, you would qualify for the duration of the situation.  You can fill out our online application. 

This service is different from other downloadable audiobook services.  These titles do not have a due date.  You can keep these!!  They never expire and you can burn them to a CD.  There are several formats available, MP3 and Daisy.

Want to use this on a tablet?  There are some great apps you can purchase to use this service on a tablet or mobile device.  Use the Darwin Reader app ($14.95) to listen to this material on an Android device.  Or, the Voice Dream Reader app ($9.99) on an Apple device to have the option of listening to the audio or following along with the text as it is being read to you.  

There are more than 12,000 titles to choose from.  Some are narrated by a person reading the book, while others have a computer generated voice.  This site offers some local material that cannot otherwise be found in an audiobook format.  Try a search and see what’s available.  You’ll need to register with us in order to see all of the details on a title, but guess what?  It is all FREE!

Charlotte Janes,
Head of Systems and Administration

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