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NLS contract awarded for digital Talking Book players.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress--a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible visually impaired borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail--has selected the company that will manufacture the new digital Talking Book players that are designed to accommodate the new digital technology that will eventually replace the audiocassettes NLS currently circulates. Shinano Kenshi Corporation was awarded the multimillion-dollar Library of Congress contract for the production of PLEXTALK DAISY Talking Book Players. The initial order, valued at $35 million dollars, was recently placed for 223,837 of the players. The base period of the contract is three years, and there is an option in the contract that could allow it to continue for an additional four years. The first players will be manufactured in late 2008 in Japan at the Plextor factories and will be assembled in accordance with the quality and standards specified by NLS. For more information, contact: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542; phone: 888-NLS-READ (657-7323) or 202-707-5100; e-mail: <nls@loc. gov>; web site: <www.loc.gov/nls>. Shinano Kenshi Corporation, 6065 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230; phone: 800-755-0752 or 310-693-7600; e-mail: <info@shinano.com>; web site: <www. shinano.com> or <www.plextalk.com/in/ index.html>.
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Title Annotation:Access; National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Publication:Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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