Braille Book Review

March-April 1999

In Brief


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Self-help computer manuals available in braille. The National Braille Press (NBP) has released several publications designed to help make computer usage easier. Word for Windows 95 Quick and Easy provides exercises that take beginners from starting the computer to creating documents in Word for Windows 95 (Word 7) and Word for Windows 98 (Word 8). The single braille volume is available for $22.99.

Another manual, Windows 95 Explained, "describes fundamental Windows 95 concepts from a nonvisual perspective." It lists Windows keyboard commands and provides a comprehensive glossary. The book is written specifically for blind users and the principles are applicable to most access technology. It is available in braille, on diskette, on cassette, and in large print at $18 per format. A special bonus pack of all four formats is available for $50.

For a "spacial perspective" of Windows 95, NBP offers Windows 95 Explained Tactile Diagrams, which complement the manual, describing the content and layout of various screens. The diagrams may be purchased separately for $15 or with the manual for $25.

Eudora Pro 4.0 Reference Card, a keyboard summary of the graphics-based e-mail software, is being offered in braille format for $5. For the same price, the Internet Explorer 3.02 Reference Card, which lists keyboard commands for Microsoft's Internet browser, can also be purchased. Produced in braille, the card was written by Dean Martineau for blind users.

To order any of these products or for more information contact the National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115; phone: (617) 266-6160; toll-free: (800) 548-7323; fax: (617) 437-0456; or visit the web site at

Braille literacy information. The American Foundation for the Blind has posted its National Braille Literacy Mentor Project on the web at The packet includes factsheets and resource lists. It was originally designed for the January observation of braille literacy, but the materials can be used all year long. For more information write the National Literacy Program, American Foundation for the Blind, 100 Peachtree St., Suite 620, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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