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Glass LogoWhen is the last time you checked out a book from the great selection offered by GLASS, Georgia’s Talking Book library? GLASS is network of nine area libraries across Georgia that provides books and magazines in audio or Braille format. Eligible readers are able to request books online or on the telephone or through the mail. Anyone who is visually impaired or has a physical disability that prevents him from holding a book or turning pages is eligible for service. There is an application for service on the GLASS website. This application is a few pages long, but it helps you get started in building a profile of books that you like to read and in what format you prefer to get your books and magazines.

Braille Overlay Book PictureBesides receiving books via the US Mail, you can also download digital audiobooks and digital Braille onto your computer. And, the rumor is true! Very soon (still not sure of a date) you will be able to download audio and digital Braille onto Apple mobile devices like the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad.

GLASS provides readers with digital talking book machines. If you receive digital audiobooks by mail, you simply plug the simple cartridge into the talking book machine Talking Book Reader Pictureand you are listening to a book, unabridged, with easy to use navigation tools to get you from one chapter to the next.

This service through GLASS is free to readers. All postage is a no cost to the reader for receiving or returns. To get signed up give GLASS a call at 800-248-6701. A Reader’s Advisor will answer the phone and assist you in enrolling in the service, help you select books and provide you with answers to any questions that you might have. Go ahead, get started. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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