Talking Book Topics

A set of books with headphonesThe National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled provides Talking Book Topics (TBT) as a way for patrons to review what new titles have been added to the NLS collection. TBT is a bi-monthly publication that highlights the new titles that have been added to the NLS collection.  Patrons can browse the list and request the titles they would like to read.  Our library is excited to announce the addition of Tiny TBTs. 

Tiny TBTs 

Patrons can contact the library and customize a Talking Book Topic list of new titles based on the subjects and genres that they are interested it.  The Library can send you a large print version of your customized Tiny TBT.  Contact the library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us  

NLS Statement from January 25, 2022: 

“Patrons who subscribe to Talking Book Topics (TBT) in large print will not receive the January–February 2022 issue in paper format due to ongoing supply-chain issues and worldwide paper shortages. Patrons can access TBT January–February 2022 online in HTML and PDF right now at http://www.loc.gov/nls/tbt. TBT in HTML contains direct links to BARD for downloading or adding books to wish lists, and TBT in PDF contains printable order forms for mailing. TBT January–February 2022 in audio will be available on cartridge and on BARD and BARD Mobile the first week in February. Additionally, TBT Abridged will be available through Braille Book Review in hardcopy braille and BRF on www.loc.gov/nls/bbr.” 

We know how important Talking Book Topics are to our patrons, so we are excited to provide Tiny TBTs and other options to our patrons. 

Ways to access the full Talking Book Topics: 

  • HTML, www.loc.gov/nls/tbt, linking to BARD for downloading or adding books to wish lists 
  • PDF, www.loc.gov/nls/tbt, containing a printable order form 
  • Audio cartridge, which comes with a print order form 
  • BARD audio magazine, downloadable to cartridge or to BARD Mobile wish list 
  • Braille Book Review’s TBT Abridged section in hardcopy braille 
  • Braille Book Review’s TBT Abridged section as a BRF downloadable through BARD or from www.loc.gov/nls/bbr 
  • NFB-NEWSLINE