Free audio book download app for low-vision Missourians

Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced that Missourians unable to read standard print, including blind and low-vision seniors, can now take advantage of free audio book and braille services on most iOS devices.

Missourians will be able to use a new application to connect to Braille and Audio Reading Download service, known as BARD, through Wolfner Library, a division of Kander’s office. As Missouri’s public library for the visually-impaired and disabled, Wolfner Library provides accessible reading materials in a variety of formats free of charge to qualified patrons.

“We are very excited to offer this new platform for our readers,” Kander said. “We know a great number of Missourians are already using fully accessible iOS devices, and we expect this technology to significantly enhance their reading experience.”

The application, BARD Mobile, is available for download in the Apple App Store on iPhone 3GS and newer, fourth- and fifth-generation iPod Touch and all iPads. BARD provides access to Wolfner Library’s digital collection of more than 50,000 audio books, magazines and braille items.

Readers must be registered Wolfner Library BARD users in order to download the application. Eligible Missourians can register for this service by contacting Wolfner Library at (800) 392-2614 or filling out an application on Kander’s website at www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner.

Wolfner Library is a nationally recognized leader in providing library services to readers with visual and physical disabilities.

Wolfner Library services are available to qualified Missourians at no charge.