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Downloading BARD Audio Books with Windows XP

  1. Go to BARD and log in.
  2. Insert your flash drive in the computer or attach your blank cartridge with the USB cable.
  3. Search or browse for an audio book to read. (Use the Tab key or the mouse to navigate through a browse list or through a search result)
  4. Click or press Enter on the blue Download link for the book you have chosen (screenshot 1).
    Choose Save in order to download the book (screenshot 2). You can either:
    • Save to your computer's hard drive (C:), to be extracted (unzipped) and saved to your USB flash drive or digital cartridge removable drive later.  Many people like to download to their desktop (screenshot 3).
    • Or save to a "bard download" folder on your hard drive (C:) that you have created.
    • Or save directly to the removable drive on your computer (usually E:, F:, or G:).
    • A screenshot showing the BARD interface, with the download link for a book about Daniel Boone highlighted

      If using mouse, left click on link "Download Boone: A Biography, DB72203" (indicated in the screenshot below). If using the keyboard, tab to "Download Boone: A Biography, DB72203," then press Enter on keyboard.

      The File Download window will then open.

      A screenshot showing the File Download window, with the Save button highlighted
      In the File Download window, choose Save (highlighted in the screenshot below) or Alt + S. Do NOT choose Open.
      Screenshot of the 'Save As' window, showing the files in Desktop
      In this example, using the "Save in" menu, or clicking on the Desktop icon on the left, the BARD user is about to save the book to the Desktop.
  5. When the digital book has finished downloading, a "Download Complete" window will be displayed on the screen. Choose Close. It is never necessary to open BARD books.
  6. A screenshot of the Download Complete screen, with the Close button highlighted

    Note that the book's file name contains book information such as author, title and book number. The book is saved as a Compressed (zipped) Folder.

     A screenshot of the "Download Complete" window; the green bar indicates that the zipped book (The Battle of New Market, by William C. Davis) has finished downloading. Choose Close when finished.

  7. At this point your BARD book is of the type Compressed (zipped) Folder.  Because it is compressed it will end with the .zip file extension.

You must extract or "unzip" each book before you can listen to it on your talking book player.  In this step, you will extract the book on your C: drive, and then in Step 3, move or copy the extracted version to your removable drive.

  1. Using My Computer or Windows Explorer, navigate to your book.  Right-click on your book folder or press Shift + F10 to bring up the context menu.
  2. Select the Extract All option.
  3. Extract all option highlighted
    Right-click on the Compressed (zipped) Folder, or choose Shift + F10 from the keyboard. Then choose Extract All, the fourth choice on the list of options.
  4. The Extraction Wizard screen will open. If using the mouse, click Next to continue.  Or press Enter if using keyboard.
  5. A screenshot of the Extraction Wizard window, which says 'Welcome to the Compressed (zipped) Folders Extraction Window... To continue, click Next
    If using the mouse, select Next to continue, or press Enter on the keyboard.
  6. The Extraction Wizard will then extract the book to the same folder as the original download destination, such as the Desktop on the C: drive.
  7. screenshot of file destination box filled in with directory pathway
    Note that by default Windows XP will extract the book to the same place where it was downloaded, in this example the Desktop. The PATH to the Desktop (highlighted in the image below) begins with C:, then Documents and Settings, then the user name, then Desktop. BARD books will all begin with "DB-" followed by author, title and book number.
  8. After getting the "Extraction Complete" message, uncheck the "Show extracted files" check box and select Finish.
  9. When the extraction is complete, by default the "Show extracted files" checkbox will be checked (as in image 1 below). It is best NOT to view the extracted files; therefore uncheck the "Show extracted files" checkbox (as in image 2 below).

    screenshot of Show extracted files checkbox
    screenshot show extracted files box is unchecked

If you unzipped the audio book to the Desktop, or to a folder on your C: drive, you can now move or copy the uncompressed folder (now without the .zip extension) to your flash drive or digital cartridge

Note: After a book has been extracted the .zip file extension will be gone.
Original download folder: DB-Davis, William C.-The Battle of New
Uncompressed folder: DB-Davis, William C.-The Battle of New Market-DB68051

You may now delete the original compressed download folder that ends with .zip.

  1. In Windows XP, My Computer is usually found on the Desktop.  Open My Computer or Windows Explorer and navigate to your extracted book folder.
  2. The screenshot below shows what the computer screen looks like after navigating to your unzipped book using My Computer.

    Screenshot showing an unzipped book in the user's Desktop folder

    In Windows XP, My Computer is located on the Desktop. If you can't locate My Computer, as an alternative open Windows Explorer by going to the Start menu (Windows key) -> Programs -> Accessories. From the Accessories list, choose "Windows Explorer."

  3. Move or copy the extracted book folder, for example DB-Davis, William C.-The Battle of New Market-DB68051, from your download destination (such as the Desktop) to your flash drive or digital cartridge.  

    Example: To move or copy the unzipped book folder named DB-Davis, William C.-The Battle of New Market-DB68051, use My Computer or Windows Explorer to navigate to the folder.  (Remember that in Step 2 above the Extraction Wizard extracted the zipped book to the same folder as the original download destination, for example the Desktop).  
    • Once you use the mouse or the Tab key to navigate to the unzipped book folder, right-click on the folder using your mouse and then select Cut (to move) or Copy (to copy).   Using My Computer or Windows Explorer, navigate to your removable drive and use the right-click menu to select Paste.  This will move or copy the book to the removable drive. 
    • Or if the keyboard is being used, Tab to the unzipped book, then choose CTRL+X or CTRL+C to move or copy. Then, using My Computer or Windows Explorer, Tab to the removable drive, then choose CTRL+V.  This will move or copy the book to the removable drive.

      Keyboard shortcuts: Move or Cut (CTRL+X); Copy (CTRL+C); Paste (CTRL+V).
      Books correctly moved to a removable storage drive for playing on the digital talking book player.
      Screenshot showing a user's flash drive directory with five folders listed

      In this example there are three books, one magazine and one audio+podcasts folder.

      Note that each book is of the type "File Folder" and no longer has the .zip extension.

  1. Safely remove the flash drive or cartridge from your computer.
  2. Turn your digital player on.
  3. 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.) Or, if using a digital cartridge, insert it in the front of the player, just like a regular digital book.
  4. The digital player will announce the book that is on your 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 so you can select the book you want.
  5. Once you have finished a book, you can delete it from your flash drive or cartridge. Or, if you think you may want to read the book again later, you can keep the book, in either its zipped or unzipped form.
Last Updated: April 19, 2021