Project consisted of approximately 200  story or Titles.

And when each cassette was digitized, we had 700+ WAV files

Each container may  hold up to 4 audio cassettes. However, there were over 700 sides from cassette tapes.  Each side was made into a "WAV" file..

In other steps, Cassette usage instructions were removed in an audio editing phase.

Book Wizard Producer is a program to produce digital talking books as outlined in the specifications designed and approved by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) consortium

This shape is mandated by Public Law. It has an USB containing a Digital Talking Book creted by using  Book Wizzard Publisher software. It is designed to be used only with a Digital Talking Boodk Player. Not shown, a USB connection is inserted on the right side.

this device is owned by the US Library of congress.

Each book we create (250 Titles) will receive it's own card.

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Digital Talking Books

Spoken & Recorded books are renewed for a digital generation

This is an active project.

 

When completed, about 200 Titles, or Talking Books, will be made available to Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

 

The Digital Talking Books were specifically developed to play on a specialized players for the blind.

 

These books are unique to Maryland history. Topic include colonial history, Chesapeake Bay, oystermen & railroads.

Selected Titles include:

 

Ghost & Haunted House in Maryland,

Women in the Wheelhouse

Rockets Red Glare:  Martine Defense of Baltimore

Harvesting the Chesapeake:  Tools and Tradition

Chestertown Tea Party

Annapolis:  A Walk Thru History

The Fountain Of Highlandtown

Antietam: A Novel

Historic Bridges Of Maryland

Being A Father

and many more ...

In the past, a reader would enter into a recording both sealed off from outside noises and distractions; speak into a recording device. Whether the reader would be an author, professional reader, or a library volunteer, the manuscript would be spoken and the voice eletronically captured onto audio tape.

 

As pictured on the left, libraries distributed audio cassette tapes in colored plastic containers that could hold up to 4 tapes. Each container made it possible for non-sighted person to connect with another world.


While the National Library System still has audio cassettes available, digital Talking Book Readers are replacing older technology.

 

 

FYI: Each audio cassette side represents up to 90 minutes of spoken audio. We had about 750 audio cassette sides with the possbility of 4 sides squeezed onto the same cassette tape.  

 

The project is sponsored by the Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

 

www.friendsmdlbph.org

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