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Finding, Downloading, Unzipping, and Reading BrailleAudio Titles

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Introduction

These instructions were prepared from the point of view of a Windows screen reader user.

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Finding Titles

There are two ways of finding titles on brailleAudio.org:

  1. By searching the catalog
  2. By browsing the catalog

Logging Into BrailleAudio

While it is not necessary to log into BrailleAudio before searching or browsing the catalog, doing so will cause download links to appear for matching titles. To log into BrailleAudio:

  1. Find and press enter on the Member Login link in the navigation region, or the Login to Download Titles link near the top of the Browsing Titles page.
  2. Press f to place focus in the user name field and press enter to activate forms mode.
  3. Type your user name.
  4. Press tab to place focus in the password field.
  5. Type your password.
  6. Press enter.
  7. If your user id or password was typed incorrectly, an appropriate error message will be displayed.
  8. Note that a Forgot Your Login Information link is available on the Member Login page. After presseng enter on that link, Type your user name or email address in the edit field, press enter, and check your email for further instructions.

Searching the Catalog

  1. A search edit field into which words or phrases can be typed is present on the Home page as well as on the Search the Catalog page. Find and press enter on the Home or Search the Catalog link.
  2. Press f to place focus in the Search the Catalog field and press enter to activate forms mode.
  3. Type one or more words and press enter to search the catalog by title, author, narrator, subject category, synopsis, catalog number, and more...
  4. The resulting Catalog Search Results page will contain the titles that matched what was typed into the search field in the previous step. If no matching titles were found, an appropriate error message will be displayed.

Browsing the Catalog

  1. Find and press entter on the Brows the Catalog link
  2. The resulting Browse the Catalog page contains the following 12 links under a level 1 heading:
Browse Authors

Pressing enter on the Browse Authors link results in a page containing a list of author's names along with the number of titles by each author. Press enter on an author's name link to bring up a page which displays all titles by that author.

Browse Media Formats

Pressing enter on the Browse Media Formats link results in a page containing a list of media formats along with the number of titles in each media format. Press enter on a media format link to bring up a page which displays all titles in that media format.

Browse Narrators

Pressing enter on the Browse Narrators link results in a page containing a list of narrator's names along with the number of titles read by each narrator. Press enter on a narrator's name link to bring up a page which displays all titles read by that narrator.

Browse Publishers

Pressing enter on the Browse Publishers link results in a page containing a list of publishers along with the number of titles published by each publisher. Press enter on a publisher link to bring up a page which displays all titles published by that publisher.

Browse Series

Pressing enter on the Browse Series link results in a page containing a list of series along with the number of titles in each series. Press enter on a series link to bring up a page which displays all titles in that series.

Browse Subject Categories

Pressing enter on the Browse Subject Categories link results in a page containing a list of subject categories along with the number of titles in each subject category. Press enter on a subject category link to bring up a page which displays all titles in that subject category.

Browse Titles for Adults

Pressing enter on the Browse Titles for Adults link results in a page containing all titles for adults.

Browse Titles for Children

Pressing enter on the Browse Titles for Children link results in a page containing all titles for children.

Browse Non-fiction Titles

Pressing enter on the Browse Non-fiction Titles link results in a page containing all non-fiction titles.

Browse Fiction Titles

Pressing enter on the Browse Fiction Titles link results in a page containing all fiction titles.

Browse Titles Added Within the Last 90 Days

Pressing enter on the Browse Titles Added Within the Last 90 Days link results in a page containing all titles added within the last 90 days.

Browse the Entire Catalog

Pressing enter on the Browse the Entire Catalog link results in a page containing all titles in the catalog.

Downloading Titles

Whether the browse or search functionality was used to find titles, the format of the page which contains matchint titles is virtually identical. Each title has its own heading meaning that they can be navigated by pressing h or shift-h. If you are logged into BrailleAudio, a download link for each title will be present on the page. For God Will Talk Through You by bruce Van Natta, the download link will appear as Download ADB327 God Will Talk through You (Audio DAISY Book). Simply find and press enter on the appropriate download link.

At this point it might be helpful to understand how BrailleAudio names its downloadable files. All files available for download on BrailleAudio adhere to the following naming convention:

  • BA, short for BrailleAudio
  • A dash
  • The author's last name followed by an underscore
  • The author's first name or initial
  • If present, the author's middle name or initials preceeded by an underscore
  • A dash
  • The title with underscores in place of spaces
  • A dash
  • The media format prefix (ADB for Audio DAISY Book, ADT for Audio DAISY Teaching, BRB for Braille Book, ETC.)
  • The catalog number
  • The file extension, .zip

By way of example, the name of the file for God Will Talk Through You by Bruce Van Natta is BA-Van_Natta_Bruce-God_Will_Talk_Through_You-ADB327.zip.

Unzipping Titles

All files available for download on BrailleAudio are in .zip format which means that they are compressed to make downloading faster. Consequently, they must be unzipped before they can be read.

The following explains how to extract .zip files on a Windows computer on which third party archive utilities like 7Zip have not been installed. Before beginning, please ensure that your computer is configured to show file extensions for known file types. In windows 10 this can be accomplished by typing "show file extensions" in the search field and following the prompts.

  1. Start Windows explorer and navigate to a .zip file downloaded from BrailleAudio
  2. Press the applications key or shift-f10 to open the context menu
  3. Press downarrow until you hear "Extract all"
  4. Press enter to open the Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders dialog

Reading Titles

Reading Audio DAISY Titles

BrailleAudio titles in the following media formats are DAISY audio files which can be copied to a thumbdrive which can then be connected to an NLS Advanced Player for listening. The files can also be transferred to devices such as the HumanWare Victor Stream or Trek. A third alternative involves the use of software capable of decoding the .3gp audio file format like APH Book Wizard Reader or Book Wizard Producer.

  • ADB, Audio DAISY Book
  • ADP, Audio DAISY Pamphlet
  • ADT - Audio DAISY Teaching

Reading Braille Titles

BrailleAudio titles in the following media formats are .brf Braille files suitable for reading on a refreshable Braille display or embossing on a Braille printer:

  • BRB, Braille Book
  • BRP, Braille Pamplet

Due to the large number of refreshable braille displays and Braille embossers available in today's market, we regret that we cannot provide detailed instructions for reading or embossing Braille files. Please consult the documentation that came with your particular refreshable Braille display, Braille embosser, or Braille translation software.