The mobile application for the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site was released Friday, September 20, 2013! This is a very exciting development because it allows all WTBBL patrons to download an app on their Apple mobile device that can download and play their books in audio and braille! An Android based app will be available, but has been delayed until 2014.
Downloading the BARD Mobile App:
To download the app, go to the App Store on your iOS device and search for “Bardmobile” or “nls,” it should show up as one of the first three results. The app is completely Free to download and you can download the app on an iPhone 3GS or later, a fourth- or fifth-generation iPod touch and any of the iPads. The device must be running iOS 4.3.3 or later and you can install the app on up to 5 devices. While the app is Free, like any other app that downloads content, some data charges may apply if you use your data plan for downloading. You can choose to only download using Wi-Fi, by turning off the “Download over mobile network” setting in your BARD Mobile App User Account Settings menu.
You will need a BARD NLS account to download books once you have the app, if you do not have an account, submit an application here: http://1.usa.gov/1bBJmyp. After you submit your application, you will need to log-in at a desktop or laptop computer to create a permanent password to use in the BARD Mobile app. If you have an account and need your password reset, contact the library at 800-542-0866.
All of the iOS devices have VoiceOver built in, which will read the screen aloud to you as you navigate the app. For those new to Voiceover, here is a great resource that will explain some of the gestures that you use the navigate your iOS device: http://accessibility.umn.edu/tl_files/accessibility/podcasts/gestures.pdf.
User Guide and Videos
Online user guide, which is also built into the app : https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.1.0.html.
A video introduction, featuring staff from NLS, is available at www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5955.