Download Books

Getting started with Downloading

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) has a number of options for downloading braille and audio books. Books can be downloaded from our local collection of titles created at WTBBL or from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped website called BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Downloads). You will use a different log-in for the WTBBL Local Audio Books and BARD website, but the download instructions are the same.

To start downloading audio books you will need:

  • A Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM), which is provided by WTBBL, or a commercial audio book player (List of accepted commercial players)
  • A computer with high-speed internet
  • A USB storage device: This device will hold your books and will be plugged into the DTBM to play the books. There are two options that you can purchase.
    1. Commercial USB device: May be called a thumb drive, flash drive or travel drive. You will want a USB storage device under 16 GB that is free of preinstalled software. We cannot make recommendations on brands that will work because the products available change frequently.
    2. Digital Talking Book Cartridge: The cartridge is identical those that are sent from the library in the blue cases. They are designed to be used in the DTBM. You will need the cartridge and a USB extension cable to use this method. Vendors that sell blank cartridges.

Download Websites

Download Instructions

 Videos

Download Tips and FAQ

  • Download Tips: new and interesting areas of the BARD and WTBBL local braille and audio book sites. Includes tips on searching for books on each site.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions: