Equipment

Our library has digital talking book players available on loan for use with digital talking books from the National Library Service (NLS). If you have been approved for service and would like a player, please give us a call and we will send you one.

Available Equipment

Digital Talking Book Players are available for enrolled patrons free of charge. The players play proprietary cartridges containing books and other recorded materials. There are two digital playback players available, describe below. Both models—standard and advanced—are compatible with the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 and DAISY 2.0 standards for digital talking books. The players have rechargeable batteries and offer readers high-quality sound, advanced navigation, and variable speed controls.

Playback equipment and accessories are supplied to eligible persons on extended loan. If this equipment is not being used for reading recorded material provided by Talking Book Services, please return it. Equipment and materials are the property of Talking Book Services and should not be sold, reproduced and/or copied.

picture of two digital audio players and an audio cassette
Image provided by the National Library Service (NLS).

Standard Player

Name Digital Standard Player (DS1)
Producer NLS
Price Free to users of the Talking Book Services
Supports NLS digital talking books, Learning Ally
Supported file formats AMR-WB+, DAISY 2.02, MP3, MPEG, RIFF, WAV
Media Flash memory
Features Large buttons, braille letters alongside the controls, sleep timer, built-in audio instructions, and the bookshelf feature for navigating a digital cartridge that contains more than one book or magazine
Operation Rechargeable battery
Size 6.2″ x 8.8″ x 1.7″
Weight 2.52 lbs.

Advanced Player

Name Digital Advanced Player (DA1)
Producer NLS
Price Free to users of the Talking Book Services
Supports NLS digital talking books, Learning Ally
Supported file formats AMR-WB+, DAISY 2.02, MP3, MPEG, RIFF, WAV
Media Flash memory
Features Large buttons, braille letters alongside the controls, sleep timer, built-in audio instructions, and the bookshelf feature for navigating a digital cartridge that contains more than one book or magazine
Operation Rechargeable battery
Size 6.2″ x 8.8″ x 1.7″
Weight 2.52 lbs.