BARD Apps for Apple and Android Devices

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The BARD Mobile apps enable NLS patrons to download audio and braille books, magazines, and music scores directly to their iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices provided they have a BARD account. (The BARD Mobile app is not currently available for Microsoft Windows devices.)

A refreshable braille display is required to read downloaded braille materials.

Apple iOS - Updated October 2015

The updated BARD Mobile app for iOSexternal link, version 1.1, became available at the App Store in October 2015. This updated version of the app includes the following features:

  • Built-in sleep timer
  • New setting that keeps device from sleeping while download is in progress
  • Add to wish list directly from details screen
  • Enhanced braille search function
  • Improved VoiceOver hints and labels
  • New braille shortcut key
  • Improved Magic Tap response
  • Works with iOS 9

Android - New in June 2015

The BARD Mobile application for Android devices enables NLS patrons to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to Android devices running Android OS 4.1 or later. The updated BARD Mobile app for Android devices, version 1.0.2, is now available.  The BARD Mobile app enables NLS patrons to download talking books and magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have a BARD account and are using a device running Android OS 4.1 or later.

This updated version, which includes several bug fixes, is available from the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.loc.nls.dtb
Anyone experiencing problems with their current app should update to this new version.

The BARD Mobile application for Android devices, version 1.0.2, is also now available at the Amazon App store for patrons who wish to install the app on a Kindle Fire device. Note that only second-generation Kindle Fire devices are equipped to run the BARD Mobile application. A list of compatible Kindle devices is listed below. Some of these Kindle Fire devices do not include accessibility features. The direct link to the app is available from the Amazon App store for Android: http://www.amazon.com/Library-of-Congress-BARD-Mobile/dp/B016760320/

  • Fire (2015)
  • Fire HD 10 (2015)
  • Fire HD 6 (2014)
  • Fire HD 7 (2014)
  • Fire HD 8 (2015)
  • Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)
  • Fire HDX 8.9 WAN (2014)
  • Fire Phone
  • Kindle Fire HD (2013)
  • Kindle Fire HDX (2013)
  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2013)
  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 WAN (2013)
  • Kindle Fire HDX WAN (2013)
Last Updated: November 9, 2015