The DTBM (Digital Talking Book Machine) contains software that allows it to read more than one book or magazine stored on a USB flash drive (also called a thumb drive) or digital cartridge. This is known as Bookshelf mode.
You can also play mp3 or wav files on your digital player.
In addition to music downloads, many mp3 podcasts are freely available online, on a large variety if topics. Below is an example of some music folders and a podcast folder stored in an audio+podcasts folder on a flash drive:
NLS periodically provides firmware upgrades for the digital player. Check the Help with BARD and NLS Equipment page for updates and directions for downloading and installing the firmware.
The first version of the DTBM firmware that included Bookshelf mode was version 2.1.3 (November 2009). The latest player firmware is version 2.1.16 (July 10, 2018). Version 2.1.15 allowed users to advance to the next book on multi book cartridges/flash drives without using the bookshelf. Pressing play/stop at the end of a book, when there is more than one, will advance to the next book.
All digital players currently shipped from the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library include this upgrade.
Firmware version 2.1.16 should be installed on the digital player in order to play more than one book in Bookshelf mode and to be able to advance to the next book without Bookshelf mode.
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