blind_html Fwd: Changes to NLS Download Service

  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 18:02:10 -0600

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Subject:        Changes to NLS Download Service
Date:   Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:23:59 -0400
From:   NLS <donotreply@xxxxxxx>
To:     nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx

To all users of the NLS download pilot service:

The pilot phase of the NLS downloadable audiobooks and magazines service will 
end April 28, 2009.  It will be replaced by the permanent service Braille and 
Audio Reading Download (BARD), which you will be able to access at a new web 
site,, beginning Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Users who know their passwords will be able to log on to the new site; users 
who rely on their browsers to remember their passwords will need new ones 
(follow instructions in Section II). All user accounts will be migrated to the 
new system, so you do not need to reapply.  All materials previously downloaded 
will remain usable, so you will not need to redownload your reading material.

This message describes what’s new about BARD and explains what steps must be 
taken to access the new site.  Please read the entire message carefully.

Section I.  What’s new about BARD:

1. Unlimited downloading.  The BARD service will no longer limit the number of 
books and magazines that you may download.  Any account holder may download any 
item at any time.  During heavy demand, however, NLS may limit the number of 
simultaneous downloads for each account.

2. New logon page.  The site login will now use a form rather than a dialog 
box.  It is the same type of logon found on most internet pages and should be 
immediately familiar to users of other sites.  This is an important note for 
screen-reader users.

3. New search functionality.  BARD searches will yield more effective results.  
The use of multiple search terms will return only results containing all of the 

4. New “Most Popular Books” list.  By selecting the “Most Popular Book” link 
from the home page, users may access a list of the top twenty most downloaded books on the BARD 
service in the last ninety days.  Fiction and nonfiction titles will be listed separately.

5. Redesigned magazine section.  The “Recently Added Magazines” link will now display 
links to only the most recent issue of each magazine.  Magazines older than one year may be 
accessed from each title’s magazine archive.  Links to the archive are at the bottom of each 
magazine’s page.

Section II.  Take the following steps to access the new site:

1. You must know your login ID and password to log on to the new site.  For all 
users, your login ID is your e-mail address.

2. If you know your login ID and password, you will not need to do anything.  
Simply access the new site,, starting Thursday, April 

3. If you have forgotten your password, you must obtain a new one before you 
can log on to the new site.  Since the new site has a different address from 
the pilot site, you cannot rely on your web browser to automatically log in to 

4. If you do not know your password but you are able to automatically log on to the pilot site because your 
browser knows your password, you must choose a new password.  To do so, select the link “Update My 
Settings” from the site home page.  From the settings page, select the first link, “Change Your 
Password.”  Enter your new password twice, and then select the “Change Password” button.  
Remember this new password to access BARD.

5. If you cannot log on to the site because you do not know your password, you may have a 
new one sent to you.  Access the password recovery page at  Enter your 
e-mail address and then select the “Send Me a New Password” button.  A new 
temporary password will be generated and sent to your e-mail address.  Once you retrieve 
the password, log on to the site and choose your new password.  Remember this new 
password to access BARD.

6. If for some reason you are not able to use any of these options, please send 
a request for a new password to NLSDownload@xxxxxxxx  Because of the 
anticipated large number of requests, please expect your new password within 
two business days.

The last day of availability of the pilot site will be Tuesday, April 28.  The 
service will not be available at all on Wednesday, April 29, to allow user 
accounts to be migrated to the new site, which will be available on Thursday, 
April 30.

NLS appreciates all who have participated in the pilot test.  Your feedback has 
allowed us to continuously improve the site and to plan future expansions, such 
as the inclusion of braille books.  Though the pilot phase is ending, we remain 
open to your feedback about the BARD service.  Please send your comments to 
NLSDownload@xxxxxxxx  Send questions or requests about the book and magazine 
collection to your library.

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