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: <email@example.com>; web site: <www.
shinano.com> or <www.plextalk.com/in/ index.html>.