[nfbwatlk] FW: BARD-Support] Flash Drives versus Cartridges

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Jun 14 02:25:24 UTC 2011

There are 1-gig and 2-gig cartridges. What a number of us would like is for
someone to develop a holder that looks like a NLS cartridge that one could
insert a SD card into (I picture a hollow space covered by a lid into which
one could insert the card with its connector).


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I have had a few glitches with the thumb drive and the digital player but
not many.  I enjoy being able to put 100 plus books on one thumb drive and
having multiple options available.  Does anyone know how much data the blank
cartridges will hold?

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Subject: [BARD-Support] Flash Drives versus Cartridges


Hello List Members,

While some patrons have found thumb drives that do work with their NLS
digital players, NLS does not recommend their use since  their performance
can be unpredictable, and we have no control over the specifications used in
the manufacturing of these drives. We frequently hear from frustrated
readers who, when trying to use flash drives, have received error messages
such as "No book available" and "Cartridge error." Others hear introductory
material and then "End of book." We urge anyone with an NLS digital player
who intends to download books from the BARD site to purchase blank
cartridges designed specifically to be used with the NLS player. Of course,
if you plan only to use NLS books supplied on cartridge through the mail,
there is no need to purchase blank cartridges.


Obtaining Blank Cartridges and a Special USB Cable

We encourage you to purchase both a cartridge and the special USB cable used
to attach it to your computer.

Below are four sources for blank cartridges and compatible USB cables.

1.  American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839 (Toll-free customer service in the U.S. and Canada) www.APH.org
Contact: Customer Service
cs at aph.org 

2GB Cartridge: $12.00
USB Cable: $5.00
Free Shipping

2.  Adaptive Technology Perkins Products P.O. Box 778 Amesbury, MA  01913
(978) 462-3817
(978) 462-3928 Fax
www.perkinsproducts.org, Talking Book Accessories section
adaptivetech at perkins.org  

1GB Cartridge: $10.99
2GB Cartridge: $11.99
USB Cable: $5.00
Free Shipping

3.  Howell Mobility Products
717 Louis Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067-4603
(248) 548-1788
(248) 548-1788 Fax (call first)
canes at howellmobility.com

2GB Cartridge: $11.00
USB Cable: $3.00
"Shipping and handling rates for small cable and cartridge orders are less
than our normal rates. For shipping and handling within the U.S. add $3.00
for up to 10 items. For over 10 items, use the regular rates, which total %5
of your order with a $7.00 minimum.
For shipping outside the U.S. please call us. MICHIGAN RESIDENTS please ADD

4. Vistas
Braille Institute
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111, Ext. 1245
(323) 663-0867 Fax

2GB Cartridge (order #21601): $15.95
USB Cable (order #2141): $7.95
Shipping charge of $8 per order. Customers outside California pay no state


Downloading books to a cartridge entails essentially the same process as
downloading to a flash drive; both are treated as external drives by your
computer. Your local or regional NLS-affiliated library is available to
answer any questions you may have about your free NLS player and downloading
content to it using a cartridge.

We hope you find these postings helpful, and we send you all best wishes for
many hours of reading pleasure.

The BARD Tech Support Team
NLS BARD Technical Support
e-mail: NLSDownload at loc.gov
Read the BARD FAQ at: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/NLS/FAQ.html=

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