BARD Express User Guide

The National Library Service
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
BARD Express User Guide

Table of Contents

Section 1: Welcome

1.1:  Access to BARD
1.2:  Operating BARD Express
1.3:  BARD Login

Section 2: Getting Started

2.1:  Heading and Menu Bar

2.1.1: Account Menu

2.1.2: View Menu

2.1.2.1: Column Configuration

2.1.3: Help Menu

2.2:  Main Menu

2.2.1:  Bookshelf
2.2.2:  Wish List
2.2.3:  Recently Added Books and Magazines
2.2.4: Most Popular Books
2.2.5: Browse by Subject
2.2.6: Browse by Series
2.2.7: Browse Magazines
2.2.8: Search BARD
2.2.9: Preferences

Section 3: Bookshelf

3.1: Accessing Titles on Your Computer
3.2: Copying Materials to a Cartridge (or other storage device)
3.3: Deleting Titles from Your Bookshelf
3.4: Learning More about Titles on Your Bookshelf
3.5: Marking Titles as Read
3.6: Sort Order

Section 4: Wish List

Section 5: Browsing the BARD Collection

5.1: Recently Added Books and Magazines 
5.2: Most Popular Books
5.3: Browse by Subject
5.4: Browse by Series
5.5: Browse Magazines

Section 6: Searching the BARD Collection

Section 7: Preferences

7.1: Cartridge Copy Mode
7.2: Display Mode
7.3: Result Message Display Time
7.4: Bookshelf Location

Section: 8 Managing Devices

8.1: Identifying Devices
8.2: Device Contents

Section 1:  Welcome

Welcome to the BARD Express user guide. This handbook will guide you through the various features of BARD Express, a windows-based software that simplifies searching for, downloading, and transferring audio titles from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website using your personal computer. Screen shots in this guide are visual representation of the BARD Express interface and may not match exactly screen reader representations.

1.1:   Access to BARD

Use of BARD Express is restricted to eligible NLS patrons who have a BARD account.  If you are not currently a patron of NLS, please read about the NLS eligibility requirements and learn about signing up for service

BARD Express will operate on personal computers running Windows XP, Vista, 7,8,8.1, and 10 operating systems. Connection to the Internet is required to use BARD Express.

1.2:   Operating BARD Express

BARD Express is completely accessible to visually impaired individuals. The software is fully functional with JAWS, WindowEyes, and NVDA screen readers. Low-vision users may increase the font up to four rimes the normal size using the Preference settings.

Keyboard commands, or hot keys, are available for various features and functions of BARD Express. The table below lists some frequently used hot keys.

Screen

Keystroke

Action

Any

F1

Access BARD Express help documents

Help

F6

Switch between table of contents view and content view

 

Alt+C

Move to table of contents

Help

Alt+N

Brings up an index of terms from within help

Help

Alt+S

Search help documents from within help

Any

Alt+F

Access account information

Book lists

Alt+V+C

Access column configuration in advanced mode

Any

Alt+V+F+F+Enter

Increase font size

Any

Alt+V+F+F+Enter

Decrease font size

Book lists of results

Alt+V+I

Items per page

Any

Alt+H+G

Access the getting started guide

Any

Alt+H+C

Check for software updates

Any

Alt+H+A

Access About BARD Express

Any

Ctrl+D

Access Most Popular Books list

Any

Ctrl+G

Browse by Series

Any

Ctrl+I

Browse the magazine collection

Any

Ctrl+J

Browse by subject

Any

Ctrl+W

Access your wish list

Any

Ctrl+R

Access Recently Added Books and Magazines list

Any

Ctrl+S

Search BARD

Book Lists

Ctrl+L

Toggle between standard and advanced mode

Any

Ctrl+M

Access the main menu

Any

Ctrl+P

Access preferences

Any

Ctrl+Q

Screen reader speaks title of current screen

Book lists

Alt+D

Download selected title(s)

Book lists

Alt+N

Load next page of results

Book lists

Alt+P

Load previous page of results

Bookshelf

Alt+D

Delete a title from the Bookshelf

Wish List

Alt+R

Remove a title from the Wish List

 

1.3:   BARD Login

At the initial launch of the software, BARD Express will prompt you to read and agree to the BARD service agreement. You cannot use BARD Express unless you consent to the terms of service.

After you have agreed to the terms of service, a BARD login screen will appear. Enter your BARD user name and password. Unless you change your credentials using the BARD web interface, you should only have to provide this information once.

Figure 1: Login Screen

Figure 1: Login Screen

 

Section 2:  Getting Started

To get the most out of BARD Express, there are several features and functions you should know about. This section provides a quick overview of the basic elements to get you started.

2.1:   Heading and Menu Bar

Each screen of BARD Express has a heading. It is displayed on the navigation bar located at the top of the screen. The heading tells you which screen or content you are managing. The menu bar is directly below the heading and contains three items: Account, View, and Help.

2.1.1:  Account Menu

The account menu provides options for logging in and out of BARD It also provides contact information for your regional library and a vehicle for accessing system messages from BARD.

Figure 2: Account Menu

Figure 2: Account Menu

2.1.2: View Menu

The top portion of the view menu provides access to the main menu, your wish list and bookshelf, and all of the search and browse options. It also lists the hot keys for each. The bottom portion offers options for adjusting the number of items per page (50, 100, 500, 1000), the font size (larger or smaller), and the column configuration. (See section 2.1.2.1 for details)

Figure 3: View Menu

Figure 3: View Menu

2.1.2.1:  Column Configuration

Selecting Column Configuration from the View Menu will open a dialog box listing all of the options for display items in the columns of books lists. Here you can enable and disable the information you want displayed for each title in your book lists. The options are: Type (book or magazine), Title, Author, Subject, Annotation, Narrator, Series, Reading time, File Size, and BARD ID (book Number). Check the box associated with each item you want displayed in the list view.

Figure 4: Column Configuration

Figure 4: Column Configuration

2.1.3:  Help Menu

The help menu provides access to a getting started guide, the help system inside BARD Express, and information about BARD Express. It also provides an option to check for and install software updates.

Figure 5: Help Menu

Figure 5: Help Menu

 

2.2:   Main Menu

The main menu gives you access to the bookshelf and wish list and it provides options for searching and browsing the BARD collection. It allows you to manage external devices (cartridges or USB flash drives) connected to your computer and to set and change your preferences.

The bookshelf contains books and magazines you have downloaded from BARD.The wish list is your BARD wish list and consists of books and magazines you have expressed interest in, but have not downloaded.

From the main menu you can browse the Recently Added Books and Magazines list and the Most Popular Books list. You can also browse the BARD audiobook collection by subject and series, and browse the audio magazines collection. Additionally, you can search for titles using a keyword search.

You may also access your external devices, cartridges or USB Flash drives, connected to your computer using the Manage Devices button. The Preferences button presents options for selecting and changing preference settings.

Figure 6: Main Manu

Figure 6: Main Menu

 

2.2.1:  Bookshelf

All the audio titles you have downloaded to your computer using BARD Express are listed in the Bookshelf. The default organization is by type, in alphabetical order, followed by the number of titles in each category: All Books and Magazines, Audio Books, Audio Magazines, Read Items, and Unread Items. Materials on the Bookshelf may also be sorted by subject or author.

Figure 7: Bookshelf

Figure 7: Bookshelf

 

2.2.2:  Wish List

The wish list in BARD Express is your BARD wish list. The default organization is by type, followed by the number of titles in each category: All Books and Magazines, Audio Books, and Audio Magazines. Materials on the wish list may also be sorted by subject or author.

Figure 8: Wish List

Figure 8: Wish List

 

2.2.3:   Recently Added Books and Magazines

Recently Added Books and Magazines lists the latest titles added to BARD.

You have a choice of time periods to view: the past one day, ten days, thirty days, and forty-five days.

By default, BARD Express will load fifty items at a time. Increase or decrease this number by opening the View menu in the menu bar with alt+V and using your arrow keys to find Items Per Page. Open the submenu, arrow to the number of items you wish BARD Express to show per page, and press Enter.

The Recently Added menu is “paged,” meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate using the Next and Previous buttons.

Just like the Most Popular Books page, the BARD items in this view can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the item. Advanced Mode displays more attributes, and each title has a checkbox next to it. Advanced Mode allows you to select multiple items at once to download, delete, and so on. If using Standard Mode, you must move the focus to a title, then double-click or press Enter to show the book's details. The details page shows the title, author, category, annotation, narrator, reading time, BARD ID, and buttons to download the title to your Bookshelf or add it to your Wish List.

You can switch between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or you can press Control+L to toggle between them while in the list of titles.

The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each subject. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause books under that subject to disappear from the results list. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check "Mystery and Detective Stories" to see only books in that category.

Figure 9: Recently Added Books and Magazines

Figure 9: Recently Added Books and Magazines

2.2.4:   Most Popular Books

The Most Popular Books page consists of books that people download most frequently from BARD. By default, BARD Express will load fifty books at a time. Increase or decrease this number by opening the View menu in the menu bar with Alt+V and using your arrow keys to find Items Per Page. Open the submenu, choose the number of books you wish BARD Express to show per page, and press Enter.

The Most Popular Books menu is "paged," meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate using the Next and Previous buttons.

The items in Most Popular Books can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the book. Advanced Mode displays additional attributes such as the book's annotation, narrator, and more. In the Advanced Mode view each title has a checkbox next to it that allows you to select multiple items at once to download or add to your Wish List.

To learn more details about a book while using Standard Mode, select a single item, then double-click or press Enter to open a details page that allows you to view the annotation, narrator, and more. After viewing the book details, choose the Download or Add to Wish List buttons.

Choose between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or press Control+L to toggle between the two modes while in the list of titles.

The Most Popular Books page lets you filter the results by subject. The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause them to disappear from the view. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check "Mystery and Detective Stories" to see only books in that subject category.

Figure 10: Most Popular Books

Figure 10: Most Popular Books

2.2.5: Browse by Subject

The Browse by Subject page presents a list of all the subject categories in which books appear. It allows you to view all the books in a particular subject category.

To use this page, scroll down the list of subjects and either double click or press Enter on the subject you are interested in. BARD Express will then search for books on that subject and present them in a list.

To find a particular subject, go to the subject list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific subject. For example, typing the letter T will take you directly to the first subject that begins with the letter T. Typing two letters in succession, such as the letters T H, will bring you to a subject that begins with the letters T H.

Experiment with typing even more than two letters to see how quickly you can jump to your favorite subject.

As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular subject. For example, type the word “fiction,” without quotes, and you will get a list of nineteen subjects, such as Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, and more.

Figure 11: Browse by Subject

Figure 11: Browse by Subject

2.2.6: Browse by Series

The Browse by Series page presents a list of all the book series on BARD.

To use this page, scroll down the list of series and either double click or press Enter on the series that you are interested in. BARD Express will then present the list of books in that series.

To find a particular series, go to the series list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific series. For example, typing the letter T in the series list will take you directly to a series that begins with the letter T. Typing two letters in succession, such as the letters T H, will take you to any series that begins with those letters. As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular series.

Figure 12: Browse by Series

Figure 12: Browse by Series

2.2.7: Browse Magazines

Browse Magazines presents a list of all the magazines on BARD and all the issues available for a particular magazine.

To use this page, scroll down the list of magazines and either double click or press Enter on the magazine you are interested in. BARD Express will then present a list of available issues of that magazine.

To find a particular magazine, go to the magazine list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific publication. For example, typing the letter C in the magazine list will take you directly to a magazine that begins with the letter C. Typing two letters in succession such as the letters CH will bring you to any magazine that begins with the letters CH.

As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular magazine.

Figure 13: Browse Magazines

Figure 13: Browse Magazines.

2.2.8: Search BARD

The Search view lets you search for books on BARD by keyword, author, or title.

If “By Keyword” is selected, enter the search words in the text box, separated by spaces. Multiple words can be grouped into a phrase by double quotes.

If “By DB Number” is selected, type DB followed by the five-digit book number, without a space between the prefix and the number. Note: All audio prefixes including DB, DBC, DBE, DBF, DBM, and DBN are recognized.

If “By Author Beginning With” is selected, enter the first letter or letters of an author's last name. For example, entering the letter B returns all books whose author's last name begins with B. Typing CR returns all books whose author's last name begins with CR.

If “By Title Beginning With” is selected, enter the first word or words of a book’s title. The prepositions “A,” “An,” and “The” that may occur at the beginning of a title are not included in search terms. For example to search for the title A Christmas Carol, you would type in “Christmas Carol.”

By default, BARD Express will load fifty results at a time. If your search results in less than fifty matches, BARD Express will return that number of results. To increase the number of results that display on each page, open the View menu in the menu bar with Alt+V and use the arrow keys to find the Items Per Page submenu. Open the submenu, arrow to the number of books you wish to show per page, and press Enter.

Search BARD is “paged,” meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate via the Next and Previous buttons.

The results can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the book. Advanced Mode displays additional attributes including the annotation, narrator, and reading time. Each title has a checkbox next to it. Advanced Mode allows you to select multiple items at once to download or add to your Wish List. In Standard Mode, move the focus to a title and then double-click or press Enter to show the details page. The details page allows you to download or add the title to your Wish List. You can switch between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or you can press Control+L to toggle between the modes while in the list of titles.

Search BARD lets you filter by subject. The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each subject. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause books under that subject to disappear from the results list. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check “Mystery and Detective Stories” to see only books in that category.

In Standard Mode, a Sort Order button appears at the bottom of this page. The Sort Order button lets you sort your results by title, author, or by relevance.

In Advanced Mode, your sorting options are expanded to include type, subject, annotation, narrator, and reading time.

Figure 14: Search BARD

Figure 14: Search BARD

2.2.9: Preferences

This view is where you will select your display, copy, and save location preferences for BARD Express.
Cartridge copy mode

Display mode

Result message display time

When BARD Express is searching for books, a small "wait" window is displayed. When the search completes, another window is displayed indicating the search is complete. This setting determines the length of time that window is displayed. When set to the minimum value, it will not be displayed at all; the list of results is simply displayed. When set to the maximum value, it doesn't go away by itself; you must click on the Close button. When set somewhere in between, the window indicating the search is complete is displayed for a varying amount of time, from one to ten seconds.

Bookshelf location

By default, the directory where your BARD books and magazines are kept--your Bookshelf--is a subfolder within your main Documents folder called BARD. The Preferences view will show the exact directory location. Most people won't need to change this directory location, but there are a few cases in which you might want to. You might want to change the directory if you have multiple hard drives and have more available space on a different drive. If you have previously downloaded BARD books and have them stored on your computer, you can move your Bookshelf directory to that location and BARD Express will then be able to access them. The Bookshelf directory is an edit field that you can type into, or you can click the "Choose a different directory" button to use a Windows Explorer window to browse to a new directory. (Windows Explorer is the program for browsing through the files on your computer and connected devices.) "View Directory Location in Windows Explorer" launches a Windows Explorer window showing the Bookshelf location, but does not change the setting.

You can import previously downloaded books into BARD Express in a couple of different ways. One way is to use Windows Explorer to drag the zipped files into the BARD Express window. BARD Express will copy the files to the Bookshelf location. It will not remove or delete the files from their original location. Another way is to drag files to the Bookshelf location using Windows Explorer. In this case, you will need to restart BARD Express in order for it to recognize the new books.

Figure 15: Preferences

Figure 15: Preferences

2.2.10: Manage Devices

Manage Devices displays a list of removable storage devices, such as an NLS cartridge or USB flash drive, connected to your computer and shows the number of books on each device.

BARD Express watches for removable drive changes, so you can plug and unplug devices while the program is running.

Choosing a device presents a list that lets you see how much space is being used on that device and how much space is still available. If there are any books on the device, they are presented in a list. Select one or more of the associated checkboxes to let BARD Express check the book contents to make sure each book has all the files it needs to play. If a file is missing or corrupt, the audio will not play. Though this operation can be used as a troubleshooting tool, it is not necessary to perform it before playing a book or magazine.

Figure 16: Manage Devices

Figure 16: Manage Devices

Section 3:  Bookshelf

The bookshelf, the first button on the main menu, is used to manage all the audio titles on your computer that you have downloaded from BARD.

3.1:   Accessing Titles on Your Computer

Downloaded titles are automatically placed on the Bookshelf in one of the following categorized: All Books and Magazines, Audio Books, Audio Magazines, or Unread Items.  By default, your titles will be organized by type. However, if you prefer, titles can also be listed alphabetically by author’s last name, or alphabetically by subject. To change the organization, select Subject or Author from the drop down box labeled Organize By. 

To learn more information about each book or magazine on your Bookshelf, highlight the title and select the Book Details button from the bottom of the screen. When you select this button, a screen with the header Book Detail will open and, if applicable to the book, will list the title, author, annotation, narrator, total time, series information, and book number. From this screen you can perform other actions on this title such as copying it to a cartridge, marking it as read, or deleting it from your Bookshelf. See sections 3.2, 3.3, and 3.5 for more instructions.

3.2:   Copying Materials to a Cartridge (or other storage device)

The Copy to Cartridge button is available in the Bookshelf view when one or more items are checked, in Advanced Mode, or one item is selected in Standard Mode.

When the Copy to Cartridge button is selected, the computer is scanned for attached removable drives. Each drive is also scanned to see if it contains BARD items. A dialog box is presented, listing the attached drives. For each removable drive detected on your computer, information is displayed on how much space is available, and how many books already exist on the drive.

If "Cartridge Copy Mode" is set to "Limit one book on a cartridge or USB device," the "Delete existing books from drive before copy" checkbox will be checked and disabled. But if you allow multiple books on a drive, it will be enabled. If checked, before the copy starts, you will be presented with a list of books that already exist on the drive. You can uncheck any books that you wish to remain on the drive, and all others will be deleted.

Selecting a drive and choosing OK begins the copy operation. A dialog box displays the progress of the copy operation and gives an approximate time to completion. When the copy is complete, a message box will display how many items were copied, and give the option of ejecting the device. You must either allow the program to eject the drive, or use Windows to eject the drive, before physically removing it; otherwise the files could be damaged and unusable.

Figure 17: Copy to Cartridge

Figure 17: Copy to Cartridge

3.3:  Deleting Titles from Your Bookshelf

Select the title from the list on your bookshelf. A new screen will display. With the title highlighted, select the Delete button from the bottom of the screen. A dialog box will appear asking  if you are sure you want to delete this title. Select Yes and enter.

Figure18: Deleting Titles from Bookshelf

Figure 18: Deleting Titles from Bookshelf

3.4: Learning More about Titles on Your Bookshelf

Select a title from the list on your bookshelf and then select the Book Details button at the bottom of the screen. The book detail view shows a description of the book, along with author, subject, narrator, and reading time. The author’s name is a link that lets you search BARD for more books by that author. If the book is part of a series, that too, will be a link that lets you search BARD for other books in that series.

From the Book Details screen, you can choose to copy the book to a cartridge (or other external device), mark it on your bookshelf as “Read,” or remove it from your bookshelf.

Figure 19: Book Details

Figure 19: Book Details

3.5: Marking Titles as Read

From the list of titles on your bookshelf, select the title you wish to mark as read. Select the Mark as Read button at the bottom of the screen. Select Yes and Enter when the confirmation dialog box opens.  The title will now appear in the Read Items category on your bookshelf.

Figure 20: Mark Title as Read

Figure 20: Mark Title as Read

3.6:  Sort Order

You may resort the list of titles on your bookshelf, by selecting the Sort Order button at the bottom of the screen. The Sort Order button allows you to sort your titles by download date—leading with the oldest title; by title—alphabetical by title; and by author—alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Figure 21: Sort Order

Figure 21: Sort Order

Section 4:  Wish List

The Wish List consists of books that you have previously found interesting but have not yet downloaded.

Titles in this view can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the book. Advanced Mode displays more attributes such as the annotation, narrator, and reading time. Using Advanced Mode you can select multiple items using a title's associated checkbox, or the standard Windows command Control+A to select all to download them all at once.

Standard Mode allows you to work with only one title at a time. In Standard Mode, buttons appear at the bottom of this view. The Sort Order button lets you sort by the title, author, or the date the item was added to the Wish List. If you try to download any Wish List items that are already on your Bookshelf, BARD Express will notify you that this title currently exists on the Bookshelf. If you want to delete the title from the Wish List, select it and then use the Remove from Wish List button.

Access details about a title by selecting it or pressing Enter on the title to display the Book Details page. After viewing the book details, you can choose to Download or the Remove from Wish List by selecting the respective button.

Choose between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or press Control+L to toggle between the modes while in a list of titles.

In Advanced Mode, multiple buttons appear at the bottom of this view. The Download and Remove from Wish List buttons will be enabled if one or more checkboxes are checked. If any of the titles are already on your Bookshelf, a button will be shown that lets you remove them from the Wish List.

Figure 22: Remove Title from Wish List

Figure 22: Remove Title from Wish List

Section 5:  Browsing the BARD Collection

The main menu offers five options for browsing the BARD collection: Recently Added Books and Magazines, Most Popular Books, Browse by Subject, Browse by Series, and Browse Magazines.

5.1:  Recently Added Books and Magazines

Recently Added Books and Magazines lists the latest titles added to BARD.

You have a choice of time periods to view: the past one day, ten days, thirty days, and forty-five days.

By default, BARD Express will load fifty items at a time. Increase or decrease this number by opening the View menu in the menu bar with alt+V and using your arrow keys to find Items Per Page. Open the submenu, arrow to the number of items you wish BARD Express to show per page, and press Enter.

The Recently Added menu is “paged,” meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate using the Next and Previous buttons.

Just like the Most Popular Books page, the BARD items in this view can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the item. Advanced Mode displays more attributes, and each title has a checkbox next to it. Advanced Mode allows you to select multiple items at once to download, delete, and so on. If using Standard Mode, you must move the focus to a title, then double-click or press Enter to show the book's details. The Details page shows the title, author, category, annotation, narrator, reading time, BARD ID, and buttons to download the title to your Bookshelf or add it to your Wish List.

You can switch between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or you can press Control+L to toggle between them while in the list of titles.

The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each subject. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause books under that subject to disappear from the results list. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check "Mystery and Detective Stories" to see only books in that category.

Figure 23: Recently Added Date Range

Figure 23: Recently Added Date Range

5.2: Most Popular Books

The Most Popular Books page consists of books that people download most frequently from BARD. By default, BARD Express will load fifty books at a time. Increase or decrease this number by opening the View menu in the menu bar with Alt+V and using your arrow keys to find "Items Per Page." Open the submenu, choose the number of books you wish BARD Express to show per page, and press Enter.

The Most Popular Books menu is "paged," meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate using the Next and Previous buttons.

The items in Most Popular Books can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the book. Advanced Mode displays additional attributes such as the book's annotation, narrator, and more. Each title has a checkbox next to it that allows you to select multiple items at once to download or add to your Wish List.

To learn more details about a book while using Standard Mode, select a single item, then double-click or press Enter to open a details page that allows you to view the annotation, narrator, and more. After viewing the book details, choose the Download or Add to Wish List buttons.

Choose between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or press Control+L to toggle between the two modes while in the list of titles.

The Most Popular Books page lets you filter the results by subject. The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause them to disappear from the view. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check "Mystery and Detective Stories" to see only books in that category.

Figure 24: Most Popular Books Subject Filter

Figure 24: Most Popular Books Subject Filter

5.3: Browse by Subject 

The Browse by Subject page presents a list of all the subject categories in which books appear. It allows you to view all the books on a particular subject.

To use this page, scroll down the list of subjects and either double click or press Enter on the subject you are interested in. BARD Express will then search for books on that subject and present them in a list.

To find a particular subject, go to the subject list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific subject. For example, typing the letter T will take you directly to the first subject that begins with the letter T. Typing two letters in succession, such as the letters T H, will bring you to a subject that begins with the letters T H.

Experiment with typing even more than two letters to see how quickly you can jump to your favorite subject.
As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular subject. For example, type the word “fiction,” without quotes, and you will get a list of nineteen subjects, such as Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, and more.

Figure 25: Browse by Subject Filter

Figure 25: Browse by Subject Filter

5.4: Browse by Series 

The Browse by Series page presents a list of all the book series on BARD.

To use this page, scroll down the list of series and either double click or press Enter on the series that you are interested in. BARD Express will then present the list of books in that series.

To find a particular series, go to the series list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific series. For example, typing the letter T in the series list will take you directly to a series that begins with the letter T. Typing two letters in succession, such as the letters T H, will take you to any series that begins with those letters. As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular series.

Figure 26: Browse by Series Filter

Figure 26: Browse by Series Filter

5.5: Browse Magazines

Browse Magazines presents a list of all the magazines on BARD and all the issues available for a particular magazine.

To use this page, scroll down the list of magazines and either double click or press Enter on the magazine you are interested in. BARD Express will then present a list of available issues of that magazine.

To find a particular magazine, go to the magazine list and use first letter navigation to quickly move to a specific publication. For example, typing the letter C in the magazine list will take you directly to a magazine that begins with the letter C. Typing two letters in succession such as the letters CH will bring you to any magazine that begins with the letters CH.

As an alternative, you can type some characters into the Filter text box to narrow down the list and make it easier to find a particular magazine.

Figure 27: Browse Magazines

Figure 27: Browse Magazines: American History Issues

Section 6: Searching the BARD Collection

The main menu one option for searching the BARD collection: Search BARD.

The Search view lets you search for books on BARD by keyword, author, or title.

If “By Keyword” is selected, enter the search words in the text box, separated by spaces. Multiple words can be grouped into a phrase by double quotes.

If “By DB Number” is selected, type DB followed by the five-digit book number, without a space between the prefix and the number. Note: all audio prefixes including DB, DBC, DBE, DBF, DBM, and DBN are recognized.

If “By Author Beginning With” is selected, enter the first letter or letters of an author's last name. For example, entering the letter B returns all books whose author's last name begins with B. Typing CR returns all books whose author's last name begins with CR.

If “By Title Beginning With” is selected, enter the first word or words of a book's title. The prepositions “A,” “An,” and “The” that may occur at the beginning of a title are not included in search terms. For example to search for the title A Christmas Carol, you would type in “Christmas Carol.”

By default, BARD Express will load fifty results at a time. If your search results in less than fifty matches, BARD Express will return that number of results. To increase the number of results that display on each page, open the View menu in the menu bar with Alt+V and use the arrow keys to find the Items Per Page submenu. Open the submenu, arrow to the number of books you wish to show per page, and press Enter.

Search BARD is “paged,” meaning that if you have a lot of items, they are displayed in multiple pages, which you navigate via the Next and Previous buttons.

The results can be displayed in one of two ways. Standard Mode displays only the title and author of the book. Advanced Mode displays additional attributes including the annotation, narrator, and reading time. Each title has a checkbox next to it. Advanced Mode allows you to select multiple items at once to download or add to your Wish List. In Standard Mode, move the focus to a title and then double-click or press Enter to show the details page. The details page allows you to download or add the title to your Wish List. You can switch between Standard and Advanced Modes in Preferences, or you can press Control+L to toggle between the modes while in the list of titles.

Search BARD lets you filter by subject. The Subject Filter button shows a dialog that lists all of the available subjects, with a checkbox for each subject. Initially, all subjects are checked. Unchecking subjects will cause books under that subject to disappear from the results list. There are buttons to check or uncheck all items. For example, uncheck all items and then check “Mystery and Detective Stories” to see only books in that category.

In Standard Mode, a Sort Order button appears at the bottom of this page. The Sort Order button lets you sort your results by title, author, or by relevance.

In Advanced Mode, your sorting options are expanded to include type, subject, annotation, narrator, and reading time.

Figure 28: Search BARD by Title Beginning With

Figure 28: Search BARD by Title Beginning With

Section 7: Preferences

The BARD Express Preferences allow you to select your display, copy, and save location preferences.

7.1: Cartridge Copy Mode

There are two cartridge copy mode settings: Limit one book on a cartridge or USB device or Allow multiple books on cartridges and devices.

Limit one book on a cartridge or USB device: With this option selected, all existing books on an external storage device are deleted when you copy a new book onto the device. BARD Express will not copy another book onto the device if you do not agree to delete the title already on the device.

Figure 29: Limit One Book

Figure 29: Limit One Book

Allow multiple books on cartridges and devices: With this option selected; when you copy a book onto an external storage device, the program gives you the option to leave existing books on it or delete them.

Figure 30: Allow Multiple Books

Figure 30: Allow Multiple Books

7.2: Display Mode

There are two display modes: Standard Mode and Advanced Mode.

Standard Mode: Displays only the title and author for each book. If you double-click or press Enter on a title, the book details are displayed, along with buttons to carry out various functions such as Copy to Cartridge, Mark as Read, Delete from Bookshelf, Download, and add and remove from Wish List, depending on the focus and context of the menu you have selected.

Figure31: Standard Mode Display

Figure 31: Standard Mode Display

Advanced Mode: Displays a book's title, author, annotation, narrator, and reading time. Allows you to work with multiple items at once to download books or add titles to your Wish List. From within the Wish List, use the Advanced Mode to download multiple titles at once or remove them from your Wish List.

Figure 32: Advanced Mode Display

Figure 32: Advanced Mode Display

7.3: Result Message Display Time

When BARD Express is searching for books, a small "wait" window is displayed. When the search completes, another window is displayed indicating the search is complete. This setting determines the length of time that window is displayed. When set to the minimum value, it will not be displayed at all; the list of results is simply displayed. When set to the maximum value, it doesn't go away by itself; you must click on the Close button. When set somewhere in between, the window indicating the search is complete is displayed for a varying amount of time, from one to ten seconds.

Figure 32: Result Message Display Time

Figure 32: Result Message Display Time

7.4: Bookshelf Location

By default, the directory where your BARD books and magazines are kept-your Bookshelf-is a subfolder within your main Documents folder called BARD. The Preferences view will show the exact directory location. Most people won't need to change this directory location, but there are a few cases in which you might want to. You might want to change the directory if you have multiple hard drives and have more available space on a different drive. If you have previously downloaded BARD books and have them stored on your computer, you can move your Bookshelf directory to that location and BARD Express will then be able to access them. The Bookshelf directory is an edit field that you can type into, or you can click the "Choose a different directory" button to use a Windows Explorer window to browse to a new directory. (Windows Explorer is the program for browsing through the files on your computer and connected devices.) "View Directory Location in Windows Explorer" launches a Windows Explorer window showing the Bookshelf location, but does not change the setting.

You can import previously downloaded books into BARD Express in a couple of different ways. One way is to use Windows Explorer to drag the zipped files into the BARD Express window. BARD Express will copy the files to the Bookshelf location. It will not remove or delete the files from their original location. Another way is to drag files to the Bookshelf location using Windows Explorer. In this case, you will need to restart BARD Express in order for it to recognize the new books.

Figure 33: Move Bookshelf Location

Figure 33: Move Bookshelf Location

Section 8: Manage Devices

Manage Devices displays a list of removable storage devices, such as an NLS cartridge or USB flash drive, connected to your computer and shows the number of books on each device.

8.1: Identifying Devices

BARD Express watches for removable drive changes, so you can plug and unplug devices while the program is running.

Choosing a device presents a list that lets you see how much space is being used on that device and how much space is still available. If there are any books on the device, they are presented in a list. Select one or more of the associated checkboxes to let BARD Express check the book contents to make sure each book has all the files it needs to play. If a file is missing or corrupt, the audio will not play. Though this operation can be used as a troubleshooting tool, it is not necessary to perform it before playing a book or magazine.

Figure 34: Device List

Figure 34: Device List

8.2: Device Contents

Device Contents shows books and magazines that exist on a cartridge or USB drive. Use this function by opening Manage Devices from the Main Menu, then selecting a drive on the Device List view.

Figure 35: Device Contents

Figure 35: Device Contents

You may select the Validate button to start a process that validates all the data files for each book. A progress dialog will be shown. This dialog may be dismissed, but the validation process will continue in the background.

If the validation process dialog hasn’t been dismissed, then a dialog will appear when the process completes. This dialog summarizes the results of the validation, providing a count of valid books and a list of invalid books, with details about the flaws of the latter. Possible flaws are missing files and corrupt files. Selecting the Validate button either re-displays the progress dialog if the validation process is still running or displays the summary dialog if validation is complete.

Some books contain information that allow them to be validated on a stand-alone basis, but some do not. In the latter case, the book must exist in your bookshelf in order to be validated. The summary dialog will tell you if that is the case.

Figure 36: Validating Materials

Figure 36: Validating Materials

This view has a Delete button, which allows individual books to be deleted.

Figure 37: Deleting Titles from Device

Figure 37: Deleting Titles from Device

 

Last updated: 12/01/2016

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