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The Magazine Program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Issued 2007

Introduction

This document lists all magazines produced or distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, through its free reading program. These magazines are produced and distributed in various formats through a network of cooperating libraries. Individuals who are unable to read or handle conventional print materials because of a visual or a physical impairment are eligible for service. To be eligible, a person with this impairment must be a resident of the United States or its territories or an American citizen living abroad.

Titles may be available in single or multiple formats, including digital braille and digital text. Braille titles may be accessed through Web-Braille, a free Internet service available to eligible readers, for download or use online with braille output devices. Digital text may be accessed via the Internet or computer diskette.

Contents

About formats Alphabetical list of titles

Media Index

Audiocassette titles Computer diskette titles Digital braille titles Digital text titles Large print titles Press braille titles

About Formats

Audiocassette
Narrated audio copied onto audiocassettes in NLS format (4 tracks at 15/16 ips) or in standard format (2 tracks at 1-7/8 ips).
Computer Diskette
3 ½" floppy disk
Digital Braille
Braille in an electronic form. NLS digital braille is known as Web-Braille.
Digital Text
Electronic text file.
Large Print
Print in 14-point type or larger.
Press Braille
Braille embossed on paper; contracted unless noted otherwise.

 

Alphabetical list of titles

American Heritage

AMH3

6 issues/year

audiocassette

Articles on America's social, educational, and cultural history.

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact

ANA3

10 issues/year (combined January–February, July–August issues)

audiocassette

Short stories, novelettes, and features with science fiction themes.

Asimov's Science Fiction

IAM3

10 issues/year(combined April–May, October–November issues)

audiocassette

Short stories, novelettes, and features with science fiction themes.

The Atlantic Monthly

AMO3

10 issues/year (combined January–February, July–August issues)

audiocassette

Articles on politics and current issues; fiction by contemporary American writers.

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest

BRD3

monthly

audiocassette

German edition of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles. Selections come from German-language magazines as well as the American edition of Reader’s Digest. (Germany)

Bon Appétit

EAT3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on cooking, entertainment, and travel; recipes from well-known restaurants.

Boys' Life

BLY1

monthly (plus special issue)

digital braille, press braille

Articles on the outdoors, sports, and hobbies, with adventure fiction and humor; ages 9-16. Published by the Boy Scouts of America.

Braille Book Review

BBR1, BBR2, BBR7

bimonthly

computer diskette, digital braille, digital text, large print, press braille

Announcements of braille books recently added to the Library of Congress collection; news and developments in library services for blind individuals. Braille edition includes one-line annotations from Talking Book Topics and a braille order form. Computer diskette version includes the contents of Talking Book Topics in its entirety.

Braille Chess Magazine

BCM1

quarterly

press braille

Articles on chess; news of current trends and competitions. (UK)

Braille Music Magazine

XBM1

monthly

press braille

Articles about classical music for professional and amateur musicians; reviews of new braille music publications. (UK)

Buenhogar

BUE3

11 issues/year

audiocassette

In Spanish. Articles on home management, beauty, fashions, and decorating.

Consumer Reports

CRP3

monthly

audiocassette

In-depth articles that rate consumer products tested for quality, durability, and safety; also features general-interest topics such as health and money management.

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country

XST3

bimonthly

audiocassette

A sampler of articles from national magazines concerned with jazz, rock, country, and pop music.

Conundrum

COU1

monthly

press braille

Crossword and logic puzzles, anagrams, word search, and general- knowledge quizzes. (UK)

Cooking Light: The Magazine of Food and Fitness

CKL1

11 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Short articles on exercise, food, fitness, health, and nutrition. Each issue contains approximately seventy recipes that feature fresh, natural ingredients and low-fat cooking.

Cricket

NGW3

monthly

audiocassette

Stories, poems, and articles by internationally known authors. Also includes songs, jokes, and crafts. For ages 9–14. On one cassette with National Geographic Kids.

Diabetes Forecast

DBF3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on health care, nutrition, and research findings. Published by the American Diabetes Association.

Discover: The World of Science

DIS3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on ecology, natural history, science, and technology. Features news on breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine. Includes book reviews, brain bogglers (puzzles), and awards on technological innovations.

Ebony

EBN3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on food, dress, leisure, travel, and personalities emphasizing achievements of African Americans.

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

EQM3

11 issues/year

audiocassette

Mystery stories by established authors in the field and by new, previously unpublished writers.

ESPN: The Magazine

ESP1

biweekly

digital braille, press braille

Up-to-the minute sports news and information; player profiles.

Foreign Affairs

FAP3

bimonthly

audiocassette

Analysis of issues by statesmen, diplomats, and scholars and trends in international politics, law, and economics.

France-Amérique

JFA3

bimonthly

audiocassette

In French. French news analysis, trends, interviews, book and film reviews, travel, advice, and resources to perfect French language skills; information articles on the French American community in the United States.

Good Housekeeping

GHK3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on family and home management with features on food and decorating.

Harper's Magazine

HRP1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

General culture magazine with articles by well-known writers on politics, international affairs, education, and science; includes short stories, satire, and poetry.

Health and Nutrition Newsletters

HNN3

monthly

audiocassette

Selections on medical conditions of special interest to older adults, nutritional information, and ways to maintain good health from Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing; the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50; Mayo Clinic Health Letter; and Nutrition Action Healthletter.

Health Newsletters

HNW1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Current health concerns, medical information, nutrition, and stress management from Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Horticulture: For Gardeners Everywhere

HOR3

7 issues/year

audiocassette

Gardening trends, products, and projects for the amateur gardener.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

KPF1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

General-interest articles on managing finances, including taxes, investment options, real estate, insurance, and retirement planning.

Ladies' Home Journal

LHJ1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Articles and fiction intended for women; includes household hints, recipes, and ideas on fashion and beauty.

Magazine of the Month

MOM3

monthly

audiocassette

Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing; readers are sent a different sample magazine each month.

Martha Stewart Living

MSL1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Offers recipes and gardening, crafts, collectibles, reminiscence, housekeeping, and entertaining tips.

Money

MNY3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on money-management, consumer, and family issues; includes regular columns with news and advice on jobs, taxes, Social Security, investments, products, and services.

Muse: The Magazine of Life, The Universe, and Pie Throwing

MUE1

9 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Offers science, art, archaeology, and history activities for ages 10–15; includes contests and book and media reviews.

The Musical Mainstream

XMM1, XMM2, XMM3

quarterly

audiocassette, digital braille, large print, press braille

Selected articles from national magazines about classical music, music criticism, and music teaching; lists new NLS music acquisitions.

The Nation

NAT3

47 issues/year

audiocassette

Covers foreign affairs, local and national politics, education, and law. Reviews films, theater, books, and the arts.

National Geographic

NGG1 and NGG3

monthly

audiocassette, digital braille, press braille

Articles on world geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history.

National Geographic Kids

NGW3

10 issues/year

audiocassette

Articles for children about people, places, customs, animals, and plant life. On one audiocassette with Cricket.

National Review

NRV3

biweekly

audiocassette

Presents a conservative viewpoint on business, politics, economics, education, and other subjects; edited by William F. Buckley, Jr.

The New York Times Book Review

NYB3

weekly

audiocassette

Literary articles and book reviews from the Sunday New York Times.

The New York Times Large Type Weekly

NYT1

weekly

digital braille, press braille

Highlights from the New York Times.

News

NEW1

quarterly

digital braille, digital text, press braille

National and international developments in library services to blind and physically handicapped individuals. NLS newsletter. The text of News is included in the cassette edition of Talking Book Topics.

Odyssey: Adventures in Science

ODY3

9 issues/year

audiocassette

Focus on science with emphasis on earth science and space. Each issue explores a single theme in depth; for ages 10–16.

Outdoor Life: The Source for Hunting and Fishing Adventure

OTL3

monthly

audiocassette

Adventures and experiences in hunting and fishing; information on conservation and game laws; reports on sporting equipment and techniques.

Parenting: What Matters to Moms

PAR1

11 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Articles on rearing children from infancy through the mid-teens.

PC World

PCW1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Information for computer users about hardware, software, advanced technology, and trends in the field; columns on product reviews and helpful hints.

People

PEO3

weekly

audiocassette

News, articles, and interviews of celebrities.

Playboy

PBY1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Fiction, interviews, and articles with a male perspective.

Poetry

POE1

11 issues/year (combined July–August issue)

digital braille, press braille

Contemporary poetry selected from a wide range of contributors and styles.

Popular Communications

PCM1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Articles of current and historical interest specifically for the radio hobbyist.

Popular Mechanics

PPM1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Practical advice for the amateur mechanic; information on automotive and home repairs; features on new equipment.

Popular Music Lead Sheets

XML1

quarterly

digital braille, press braille

Melodies, lyrics, and chords to popular songs ranging from golden oldies to recent hits.

QST

QST3

monthly

audiocassette

Contains project-building ideas and news on all aspects of ham radio. Official publication of the American Radio Relay League.

Quarterly Music Magazine

QMM3

quarterly

audiocassette

Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing. Readers are sent a different music magazine each quarter. Covers a variety of aspects and types of music, such as opera, jazz, and country; and instruments such as guitar and keyboard.

Rolling Stone

RST1

biweekly

digital braille, press braille

American popular culture in the arts and entertainment industry. Provides record, video, audiovisual, and computer hardware reviews.

Science News: The Weekly Magazine of Science

SNW1

51 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Excerpts of reports on current programs in science, medicine, and technology.

Selecciones del Reader's Digest

SRD3

monthly

audiocassette

Spanish edition of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles. Selections come from Spanish-language magazines as well as the American edition of Reader’s Digest.

Sélections du Reader's Digest

SDR3

monthly

audiocassette

French edition of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general interest articles. (Canada)

Seventeen

SVT1

monthly

digital braille, press braille

Tips on beauty and fashion for young women, and articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Short Stories

SSR1

monthly

press braille

Stories from contemporary writers. (UK)

Smart Computing

CPZ3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on home computing and reviews of computer software and hardware.

Sound and Vision

STR3

10 issues/year

audiocassette

Reports on new sound equipment and record reviews, with emphasis on popular music.

Spider: The Magazine for Children

SPD1, SPD3

monthly

audiocassette, digital braille, press braille

Stories, poems, jokes, and crafts for beginning readers ages 6-9.

Sports Illustrated

SPI3

weekly

audiocassette

International sports news and articles with emphasis on American spectator sports. Features on sports personalities, sports events, and outdoor activities.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

SPK3

monthly

audiocassette

Sports news and articles for ages 8–13. Features sports personalities, events, and sports cards; youth who are excelling in sports; regular column by youth discussing a controversial sports-related issue.

Sports Schedules

ABL1, NBL1, NBA1, NFL1, NHL1, and WBA1

annual

digital braille, press braille

Listings of games for six national sports leagues: American Baseball League, National Baseball League, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Women’s National Basketball Association.

Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists

STO1

6 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Stories, poems, illustrations, and book reviews created by children through age thirteen. Features an activities section with suggested related projects.

Talking Book Topics

TBT2, TBT3, TBR7

bimonthly

audiocassette, computer diskette, digital text, large print

Announcements of recorded books recently added to the Library of Congress collection; news and developments in library services for blind and physically handicapped individuals. Cassette edition often includes the text of News. One-line annotations from Talking Book Topics are included in Braille Book Review. Contents of both magazines are on the computer diskette.

Travel and Leisure

TAL3

monthly

audiocassette

Articles on vacation sites and tour destinations with tips on food and photography.

True West

TWT3

11 issues/year

audiocassette

Nonfiction articles about the Old West written by historians and western buffs.

Update

UPD1

quarterly

digital braille, digital text, press braille

News about volunteer programs and activities related to library services for blind and physically handicapped individuals. NLS newsletter.

U.S. News and World Report

UMW3

45 issues/year

audiocassette

News and commentary on world events. Abridged version edited by U.S. News and World Report editors.

The Washington Post Book World

BKW1

51 issues/year

digital braille, press braille

Compilation of book reviews appearing as a supplement to the Sunday edition of the Washington Post.

The Writer

WRT3

monthly

audiocassette

New and established writers discuss their crafts and work experiences; regular columns feature trade news, contest information and names and addresses of manuscript markets.

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

YAM3

monthly

audiocassette

Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing for young adults. Readers are sent a different sample magazine each month.

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Media Index

Audiocassette

American Heritage

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact

Asimov's Science Fiction

The Atlantic Monthly

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest

Bon Appétit

Buenhogar

Consumer Reports

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country

Cricket

Diabetes Forecast

Discover Magazine: Science, Technology and the Future

Ebony

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Foreign Affairs

France-Amérique

Good Housekeeping

Health and Nutrition Newsletters

Horticulture: For Gardeners Everywhere

Magazine of the Month

Money

The Musical Mainstream

The Nation

National Geographic

National Geographic Kids

National Review

The New York Times Book Review

Odyssey

Outdoor Life: The Source for Hunting and Fishing Adventure

People

QST

Quarterly Music Magazine

Selecciones del Reader's Digest

Sélections du Reader's Digest

Smart Computing

Sound and Vision

Spider: The Magazine for Children

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Talking Book Topics

Travel and Leisure

True West

U.S. News and World Report

The Writer

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Computer Diskette

Braille Book Review

Talking Book Topics

Digital Braille

Boys' Life

Braille Book Review

Cooking Light

ESPN: The Magazine

Harper's Magazine

Health Newsletters

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

Ladies' Home Journal

Martha Stewart Living: Sharing The "Good Things"

Muse: The Magazine of Life, the Universe, and Pie Throwing

The Musical Mainstream

National Geographic

The New York Times Large Type Weekly

News

Parenting: What Matters to Moms

PC World

Playboy

Poetry

Popular Communications

Popular Mechanics

Popular Music Lead Sheets

Rolling Stone

Science News: The Weekly Magazine of Science

Seventeen

Spider: The Magazine for Children

Sports Schedules

Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists

Update

Washington Post Book World

Digital Text

Braille Book Review

News

Talking Book Topics

Update

Large Print

Braille Book Review

The Musical Mainstream

Talking Book Topics

Press Braille

Boys' Life

Braille Book Review

Braille Chess Magazine

Braille Music Magazine

Conundrum

Cooking Light

ESPN: The Magazine

Harper's Magazine

Health Newsletters

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ladies' Home Journal

Martha Stewart Living: Sharing the "Good Things"

Muse: The Magazine of Life, The Universe, and Pie Throwing

The Musical Mainstream

National Geographic

The New York Times Large Type Weekly

News

Parenting: What Matters to Moms

PC World

Playboy

Poetry

Popular Communications

Popular Mechanics

Popular Music Lead Sheets

Rolling Stone

Science News: The Weekly Magazine of Science

Seventeen

Short Stories

Spider: The Magazine for Children

Sports Schedules

Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists

Update

Washington Post Book World

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Compiled by
Ruth Nussbaum
September 2007


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