BARD: Downloading Audiobooks with Windows XP

  1. Download the audiobook from BARD
    • Log in to BARD.
    • Insert your USB flash drive or attach your blank cartridge with the USB cable to your computer.
    • Use the Tab key or the mouse to search or browse for an audiobook to read.
    • Click or press Enter on the blue Download link for the book you have chosen. Choose Save to download the book. Save to your computer’s desktop.
    • When the digital book has finished downloading, you will receive a "Download Complete" message on the screen. Choose Close. You do not have to open BARD books.
    • Your BARD book is in a Compressed (zipped) Folder with a .zip file extension.
  2. Extract or "unzip" the downloaded book
    • You must extract or "unzip" a book before you can listen to it.
    • Right-click on your book folder.
    • Select the Extract All option.
    • The Extraction Wizard screen will open. If using the mouse, click Next to continue. Or press Enter if using a keyboard.
    • Click Browse and then click My Computer. Click Removable Disk (E:). Then click Ok and then Next.
    • After getting the "Extraction Complete" message, uncheck the "Show extracted files" check box and select Finish.
  3. Play the book
    • Safely remove the flash drive or cartridge from your computer.
    • Turn your digital player on.
    • Plug your flash drive into the USB port on your digital player. (Note: The USB port, which has a removable plastic cover, is on the right side of the player next to the audio jack.) If using a digital cartridge, insert it in the front of the player, just like a regular digital book.
    • The digital player will announce the book that is on your USB flash drive or cartridge. Press Play to listen. Or, if there are multiple books, hold the Play button down until the player beeps to go into bookshelf mode. Then select the book you want.
    • Once you have finished a book, you can delete it from your USB flash drive or cartridge. If you want to read the book again, keep it in either its zipped or unzipped form.

Contact Talking Books for assistance at 561-649-5486.

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