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Idaho Talking Book Service debuts new website

| July 2, 2024 1:00 AM

The Idaho Talking Book Service has launched a new website to make the site easier to use for those with visual impairments and other print disabilities.

The free audiobook library, available at, offers over 100,000 titles to Idahoans unable to read standard print.

Users can download audiobooks or receive them by mail on cartridges at no cost. The service includes fiction, nonfiction, about 70 magazines and locally recorded content related to Idaho and the Northwest.

LeAnn Gelskey, program supervisor, said the website aims to showcase the service's features and reach more potential users.

“We are excited to offer a TBS website that showcases the features of the service in an easily accessible way,” LeAnn Gelskey, Idaho Talking Book Service Program supervisor, said. “We hope the new website will be another means for potential TBS patrons to find out about this valuable service, which can provide a lifeline for visually impaired Idahoans who have become isolated.”

Interested individuals can also visit local public libraries to try a TBS player.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries manages the service, which is federally funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.