Changes to Talking Book Topics

September 2014 - Order Forms

The National Library Service (NLS) has announced that, beginning with the September-October 2014 issues, the order forms for Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics will return to listing books in the same order as the titles appear in the publications. The order forms will also include subject category headings to assist with navigation.

Patron demand for this reversion has far exceeded the requests that prompted the original change to numerical order in the May–June 2014 issues.

January 2014 - More Books, Longer Annotations

Beginning with this issue, January–February 2014, you will see some subscriber-requested changes to Talking Book Topics (TBT). NLS has restored the fifty-word book annotation to the audio, large-print, and online versions of TBT. The large-print version of the magazine will continue to announce more books than in years past to accommodate the expanding number of audiobooks in our collection. This issue announces 566 recently produced titles. To make it easier for you to find books by subject category and author last name the titles are now announced in the following alphabetical order:

  1. As before, the titles are listed under broad headings:
    • Books for Adults,
    • Books for Children, and
    • Foreign Language Books.
  2. Within Books for Adults and Books for Children, titles are subdivided into Fiction and Nonfiction. Fiction will now be listed first, since it comes first alphabetically.
  3. Inside the Fiction and Nonfiction genres, titles are listed by their subject categories in A-to-Z order. For example, the Adult Fiction titles for this issue are ordered by subject from Adventure to Westerns.
  4. Within each subject category, the titles are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
  5. If there is more than one title by a given author, the titles are further organized alphabetically by title. For example if you're interested in Stephen King's latest novel Joyland, you would look under Adult Fiction, then in Mystery and Dectective, and then by the last name King.

The new arrangement eliminates the need for an index.

The order form also reflects the new Talking Book Topics arrangement.

The Talking Book Topics archiveexternal link is also available online from NLS.

Last Updated: August 18, 2014