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About this app

Access tens of thousands of books—from current best sellers to much-loved classics, popular magazines, and music instruction and scores—in audio and electronic braille, with new selections added daily.

BARD Mobile is a service of NLS. NLS provides free audio and braille reading materials to residents of the US and American citizens living abroad who cannot read regular print. If you are blind or have temporary or permanent low vision or a physical or reading disability that prevents you from holding or reading the printed page, you may be eligible for this program. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/eligibility-for-nls-services.

This app allows access for eligible users who have enrolled in the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress. To enroll, call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) and follow the prompts to find your state. Or to learn more at https://www.loc.gov/thatallmayread.

If you are already an NLS patron, contact your cooperating NLS library to request a BARD account. You can find your library by visiting https://www.loc.gov/nls/find-a-local-library/.

For support and help with BARD account issues, or to report bugs, email NLSDownload@loc.gov. For FAQ, visit https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/bard-access/nls-bard-frequently-asked-questions/. For the User Guides: https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/bard-access/bard-mobile-android/
Updated on
Jan 10, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
Committed to follow the Play Families Policy

Ratings and reviews

723 reviews
Nicole DiPrinzio
May 24, 2024
While I love using the app to listen to books, trying yo find books has become very fustrating. Trying to scroll, if you are just a little off from scroll straight up and down, it flips from get books to book shelf or setting amd then you have to start the search over again. It is wayyyy to sensitive. Also, it would be helpful to search by genre and to see publication years. Many times I have to look books up on line to find the order. I just think it can be a little more user friendly.
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Amy Herstein
December 13, 2023
I need to add more stars and update my review. I said just yesterday that there is no way to easily delete from Droid, but this isn't true: click More Options, Delete, and OK when it tells you the books are unchecked, then check the checkboxes with the books, OK, and then OK again. A bit clunky, but it works. Overall, I love this service and prefer that the app be clean, no voice search or other cumbersome features. It sure beats the heck out of hauling around bulky Braille volumes.
26 people found this review helpful
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A Google user
November 4, 2019
It now has headset controls which are an important part of accessibility, but it tends to forget about the pause/mute button after a few minutes. So that negates its ease of use since the app has to be reloaded to get it to pause, which was the problem with the earlier version. 11/1/2019 It is now functioning properly. It remembers where you left off, even if you close the app. It doesn't forget about headset controls when the phone is asleep. And the added sleep timer works fine.
14 people found this review helpful
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What's new

This version supports Android OS versions 10-14.
Other updates include:
1. Fully supported in-app search functionality, including music search and search in languages other than English.
2. The app is now fully localized for Spanish, including the TalkBack function.
3. Several bugs have been addressed in this release, enhancing the overall stability and performance of the app.
Note: The User Guide is being updated and will be released at a later date.