Talking Book Topics [Sound recording]

Magazine, Audio

Accession Number: 2014.23.2

Summary/Description: A single issue of the bimonthly magazine, distributed free of charge to borrowers of recorded books made available through the Talking Books program. Features an annotated list of the latest-released audio books (adult and children's nonfiction and fiction) available for loan on recorded discs and cassettes; a list of Talking Book magazines available on discs and open-reel tapes; brief general-interest articles; news about the program; and topical mini-bibliographies. The recorded issue was manufactured by Eva-Tone; disc label has both print and braille. Mailed in a white envelope with open address window; includes a large print briefly-annotated title list/order form, and a survey card. The January/February 1974 issue was the first disc-only version of the magazine, which had previously been included as an insert in the print version. .2a - disc .2b - title list/order form .2c - survey card .2d - envelope

History/Provenance: The Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (later known as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) of the Library of Congress began offering a disc-only version of its Talking Book Topics with the Jan/Feb 1974 issue, to reduce costs and use of resources. Readers could still request the print version, which was made available with a possible delay of several months. The return address on the envelope was that of the American Foundation for the Blind, one of the agencies (along with the American Printing House for the Blind, and Eva-Tone) that were responsible for the flexible disc recordings. This issue was originally mailed to Mary Henson of Eddyville, Kentucky, according to the mailing label. It was found in a piano bench that had belonged to the donor's mother, who was not visually impaired and whose history of acquiring the issue is not known.

Credit Line: Gift of Mary Rieke

Publisher: Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress

Publisher Place: Washington, D.C.

Publish Date: January/February 1974

Subjects: Bibliographies Periodicals for the blind and visually impaired Talking books

Physical Description: 1 sound disc ; flexible plastic, 8 in. diameter, 8 1/3 rpm + 1 printed order form, 9 x 9 in.; 1 envelope, 9.75 x 9.25 in.; 1 printed survey card, 4.25 x 7 in.