Thanks to a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in Maine, NFB-NEWSLINE service is now available in Maine! This service enables those who cannot read regular newsprint to have access to over 300 publications twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Available newspapers include the Portland Press Herald, with more Maine newspapers on the way. The service is free to Talking Books patrons. Contact the Maine State Library Outreach Services for more information at 1-800-762-7106, or call NFB Newsline at 1-866-504-7300.
"Every day, a subscriber can choose that day's, the previous day's, or the previous Sunday's issue of any newspaper in the service. On NFB-NEWSLINE, the user can easily choose which newspaper, section, and article to read using a standard touch-tone telephone. The menu provided allows the user to change the speed and voice settings, spell out words, or search for a particular word or subject."
Also, great news for the many iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. NFB has just released an NFB-NEWSLINE® "app", available free to all registered users.
The NFB-NEWSLINE app can easily be downloaded from the iTunes store and installed. Once on your device, simply login and begin accessing the service. It's that easy! With an easy-to-use interface, coupled with Apple's built-in Voice Over® software, subscribers can get all of their newspaper and magazine content, as well as television listings.
Talking Books is a Federally-funded program which provides recorded books and special players free to persons who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped (cannot hold a book) or who have a doctor-certified reading disability. This program is administered by the Maine State Library and funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).