At long last, patrons of the Georgia Library for Accessible Statewide Services who are Android smartphone users will be able to use the BARD Mobile app to download books and magazines to their phones or tablets. For those who might not be familiar, BARD is the library’s website that allows patrons to digitally download books and magazines onto a portable device. Patrons with devices running Android OS 4.1 or later can search the Google Play store for BARD Mobile and download the free app.
Since there is already a BARD version for iOS devices--such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the addition of the Android app means even more GLASS patrons will be able to listen to books and magazines on their device of their choosing. A noteworthy exception is the Kindle Fire. The BARD Mobile app for Android isn’t currently compatible with this device, but this is a work in progress. You’ll definitely see an announcement in the HourGLASS newsletter when it is released!
For patrons who have just signed up for and downloaded the BARD app, the user guide is available from the bookshelf of the app. For BARD mobile how-to videos, check out the Library of Congress’ YouTube playlist. Additionally, AccessWorld Magazine has an in-depth review on the BARD app that you can read. Users can also contact GLASS at 1-800-248-6701 for troubleshooting issues or for questions about how to sign a reader up for BARD and other services.