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Magazines


In addition to books, readers can also enjoy a wide selection of magazines that cover a variety of interests.  Audio magazines are loaned just like books and must be returned, with a loan period determined by the magazine's publishing schedule.  Braille magazines are considered a consumable item and do not need to be returned.

For the most part, Talking Books can manage your subscriptions for you (adding, holding, suspending), but there are a couple publisher-direct audio magazines that require the user to manage their own subscription.

Most of the NLS audio and Braille magazines are also available for download from BARD or BARD Mobile.  Downloading magazines means there are no loan periods, so you can keep an issue for as long as you need it.

​The following magazine subscriptions are available directly from Talking Books through the National Library Service.  Magazines are checked out to users and must be returned by the end of the loan period.

Weekly: 3 week loan period
Monthly / Bimonthly / Quarterly: 7 week loan period

All of these magazines are also available for download from BARD and BARD Mo​bile​.

To subscribe to either of these magazines, please fill out our audio magazine request form​ and return it to us, or contact us with your preferences at 800-452-0292 or talkingbooks.info@state.or.us.

 

AARP - The Magazine
Bimonthly
AARP Bulletin
10 issues/year
These two magazines are bundled and come together.  Published by the American Association of Retired People, AARP - The Magazine and AARP Bulletin contain news and short articles with a focus on seniors.

American History
bimonthly
Articles for the general reader about the full spectrum of the history of North America.

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact
10 issues/year
Short stories, novelettes, and features with science-fiction themes.

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction
10 issues/year
Short stories, novelettes, and features with science-fiction themes.

The Atlantic Monthly
10 issues/year
Articles on politics and current issues; fiction by contemporary American writers.

Audubon
bimonthly
Appreciation, understanding, and preservation of the natural world, particularly birds and wildlife and their habitats.

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest
monthly
German edition of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles. Selections come from German-language magazines as well as the American edition of Reader's Digest. (Germany)

Bon Appétit
monthly
Articles on cooking, entertainment, and travel; recipes from well-known restaurants.

Consumer Reports
monthly
In-depth articles that rate consumer products tested for quality, durability, and safety. Also features general-interest topics such as health and money management.

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country
bimonthly
A sampler of articles from national magazines on jazz, rock, country, and pop music.

Cricket: The Realm of Imagination
9 issues/year
Stories, poems, and articles by internationally known authors. Also includes songs, jokes, and crafts. For ages 9–14. Packaged with National Geographic Kids.

Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy Living Magazine
monthly
Articles on health care, nutrition, and research findings. Published by the American Diabetes Association.

Discover Magazine: Science, Technology, and the Future
10 issues/year
Articles on ecology, natural history, science, and technology. Features news on breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine. Includes book reviews, brain bogglers (puzzles), and awards for technological innovations.

Ebony: It's More than a Magazine; it’s a Movement
11 issues/year
Articles on food, dress, leisure, travel, and personalities emphasizing achievements of African Americans.

The Economist
weekly
Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: World's Leading Mystery Magazine
10 issues/year
Mystery stories by established authors in the field and by new, previously unpublished writers.

Foreign Affairs
bimonthly
Analysis of issues by statesmen, diplomats, and scholars and trends in international politics, law, and economics.

France-Amérique: Le Journal Français des États-Unis
11 issues/year
In French. French news analysis, trends, interviews, book and film reviews, travel, advice, and resources to perfect French language skills; information on the French American community.

Good Housekeeping
monthly
Articles on family and home management with features on food and decorating.

Health and Nutrition Newsletters
monthly
Selections on medical conditions of special interest to older adults, nutritional information, and ways to maintain good health from Johns Hopkins Medicine: Health after Fifty; Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Tools for Healthier Lives; and Nutrition Action Health letter.

Horticulture: The Art and Science of Smart Gardening
bimonthly
Gardening trends, products, and projects for amateur gardeners.

Humpty Dumpty
bimonthly
Stories, poems, cartoons, puzzles, games, recipes, and crafts for kids ages three–five, who are learning to read independently.

Kiplinger's Retirement Report
monthly
Practical strategies to help grow retirement savings, how to make money last during retirement, maximization of Social Security and Medicare benefits, and other retirement-related topics.

Magazine of the Month
monthly
Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing. Readers are sent a different magazine each month.

Money
monthly
Articles on money-management, consumer, and family issues; includes regular columns with news and advice on jobs, taxes, Social Security, investments, products, and services.

Muse Magazine for Kids
9 issues/year
Muse magazine is the science and arts magazine for kids that’s spot on with the facts, but off-kilter with the jokes; for grades 5–9.

The Musical Mainstream
quarterly
Selected articles from national magazines about classical music, music criticism, and music teaching; lists new NLS music acquisitions.

The Nation
45 issues/year
Covers foreign affairs, local and national politics, education, and law. Reviews films, theater, books, and the arts.

National Geographic
monthly
Articles on world geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history.

National Geographic Kids
10 issues/year
Articles for children about people, places, customs, animals, and plants. Packaged with Cricket.

National Geographic Traveler
8 issues/year
Travel, focusing on different destinations.

National Review
24 issues/year
Presents a conservative viewpoint on business, politics, economics, education, and other subjects.

The New Yorker
47 issues/year
Each audio edition will feature selected material from the print edition, chosen and recorded by Audible, Inc.

The New York Times Book Review
weekly
Literary articles and book reviews from the Sunday New York Times.

O, The Oprah Magazine
monthly
O, The Oprah Magazine gives confident, smart women the tools they need to explore and reach for their dreams, to express their individual style and to make choices that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Outdoor Life: The Source for Hunting and Fishing Adventure
10 issues/year
Adventures and experiences in hunting and fishing, information on conservation and game laws, reports on sporting equipment and techniques.

People
51 issues/year
Celebrity news and interviews.

People en Español
11 issues/year
In Spanish. Articles about entertainers and newsworthy individuals of potential interest to Spanish-speaking readers.

Playboy: Entertainment for Men
11 issues/year
Fiction, interviews, and articles with a male perspective.

QST: Devoted Entirely to Amateur Radio
monthly
Contains project-building ideas and news on all aspects of ham radio. Official publication of the American Radio Relay League.

Quarterly Music Magazine
quarterly
Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing. Readers are sent a different music magazine each quarter. Covers a variety of aspects and types of music, such as opera, jazz, and country, and instruments such as guitar and keyboard.

Rolling Stone
24 issues/year
American popular culture in the arts and entertainment industry. Provides record, video, audiovisual, and computer hardware reviews.

Seventeen
10 issues/year
Tips on beauty and fashion for young women, and articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Smithsonian
monthly
Science, natural history, art, archaeology, history, and ecology.  Also includes events at the Smithsonian Institution.

Sound + Vision: Quality Entertainment. Everywhere
8 issues/year
Reports on new sound equipment and record reviews, with emphasis on popular music.

Southern Living
monthly
Recipes, guides to local travel, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to the region's climate.

Spider: The Magazine for Children
9 issues/year
Stories, poems, jokes, and crafts for beginning readers ages 6–9.

Sports Illustrated
51 issues/year
International sports news and articles with emphasis on American spectator sports. Features on sports personalities, sports events, and outdoor activities.

Sports Illustrated Kids
monthly
Sports news and articles for ages 8–13. Features sports personalities, events, and sports cards; youths who are excelling in sports; regular column by youths discussing a controversial sports-related issue.

Travel + Leisure
monthly
Articles on vacation sites and tour destinations with tips on food and photography.

True West: Preserving the American West
monthly
Nonfiction articles about the Old West written by historians and western buffs.

Vanidades
monthly
In Spanish. A general-interest magazine with an emphasis on style.

The Week: The Best of the U. S. and International Media
50 issues/year
News and commentary on world events.

Wired
monthly
Wired is an American magazine that reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics.

The Writer: Advice and Inspiration for Today's Writer
monthly
New and established writers discuss their craft and work experiences. Regular columns feature trade news, contest information, and names and addresses of manuscript markets.

Braille magazines are considered consumable items, which means they have no loan period and do not need to be returned.  To subscribe to any of these Braille magazines, fill out our Braille magazine request form and return it to us, or contact us with your preferences at 800-452-0292 or talkingbooks.info@state.or.us.

These magazines are also available for download from BARD and BAR​D Mobile​.

 

Boys' Life for All Boys
monthly
Articles on the outdoors, sports, and hobbies, with adventure fiction and humor; ages 9-16. Published by the Boy Scouts of America.

Braille Chess Magazine
quarterly
Articles on chess; news of current trends and competitions. (UK)

Braille Music Magazine
monthly
Articles about classical music for professional and amateur musicians; reviews of new braille music publications. (UK)

Conundrum
monthly
Crossword and logic puzzles, anagrams, word searches, and general- knowledge quizzes. (UK)

Cooking Light
11 issues/year
Short articles on exercise, food, fitness, health, and nutrition. Each issue contains approximately seventy recipes that feature fresh, natural ingredients and low-fat cooking.

Cooks Illustrated
monthly
Magazine editors and test cooks explain exactly how and why recipes work.  They are the authority on food and cooking, with science to back it all up.

ESPN: The Magazine
biweekly
Sports news and information; player profiles.

Harper's Magazine
monthly
General culture magazine with articles by well-known writers on politics, international affairs, education, and science. Includes short stories, satire, and poetry.

Health Newsletters
monthly
Current health concerns, medical information, nutrition, and stress management from Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Tools for Healthier Lives; and University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance
monthly
General-interest articles on managing finances, including taxes, investment options, real estate, insurance, and retirement planning.

Martha Stewart Living
monthly
Offers recipes and gardening, crafts, collectibles, reminiscence, housekeeping, and entertaining tips.

Muse: The Magazine of Life, the Universe, and Pie Throwing
9 issues/year
Offers science, art, archaeology, and history activities for ages 9–14; includes contests and book and media reviews.

The Musical Mainstream
quarterly
Selected articles from national magazines about classical music, music criticism, and music teaching; lists new NLS music acquisitions.

National Geographic
monthly
Articles on world geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history.

The New York Times Book Review
weekly
Literary articles and book reviews from the Sunday New York Times.

The New York Times Large Print Weekly
weekly
Highlights from the New York Times.

NLS News
quarterly
National Library Service newsletter. National and international developments in library services to blind and physically handicapped individuals.

O, the Oprah Magazine
monthly
O, the Oprah Magazine gives confident, smart women the tools they need to explore and reach for their dreams, to express their individual style, and to make choices that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Parents
11 issues/year
Expert advice about pregnancy, your life, and family time.

PC World
monthly
Information for computer users about hardware, software, advanced technology, and trends in the field; columns on product reviews and helpful hints.

Playboy: Entertainment for Men
11 issues/year
Fiction, interviews, and articles with a male perspective.

Poetry
11 issues/year
Contemporary poetry selected from a wide range of contributors and styles.

Popular Mechanics
monthly
Practical advice for the amateur mechanic, information on automotive and home repairs, features on new equipment.

Popular Music Lead Sheets
irregular
Melodies, lyrics, and chords to popular songs ranging from golden oldies to recent hits.

Rolling Stone
24 issues/year
American popular culture in the arts and entertainment industry. Provides record, video, audiovisual, and computer hardware reviews.

Science News: Magazine of the Society for Science and the Public
biweekly
Excerpts of reports on current programs in science, medicine, and technology.

Seventeen
10 issues/year
Tips on beauty and fashion for young women, and articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Short Stories
monthly
Stories from contemporary writers. (UK)

Spider: The Magazine for Children
9 issues/year
Stories, poems, jokes, and crafts for beginning readers ages 6–9.

Sports Schedules
annual
Listings of games for six national sports leagues: Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Baseball schedule includes combined schedule by date for American and National Leagues.

Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists
bimonthly
Stories, poems, illustrations, and book reviews created by children through age thirteen. Features an activities section with suggested related projects.

The following magazines are available locally from Talking Books in partnership with other organizations.  These magazines are sent to subscribers directly from Talking Books and need to be returned within 4 weeks in order to receive the next issue.

To subscribe to either of these magazines, please fill out our audio magazine request form and return it to us, or contact us with your preferences at 800-452-0292 or talkingbooks.info@state.or.us.

 

Lions Newsletter
monthly
Audio version of the Oregon Lions Magazine, provided by the Eugene Downtown Lions Club.

OPB - Oregon Public Broadcasting
monthly
Audio version of OPB’s Primetime TV schedule, as well as special announcements and brief schedules for weekday and weekend TV and radio.

​These magazines will mail directly from the publisher.  Users must return each issue of the magazine in order to receive the next issue.  Loan period is determined by the publisher and is subject to change.

 

Choice Magazine Listening
Quarterly
Choice selects and records memorable writing from approximately 100 leading magazine offering over eight hours of outstanding unabridged articles, fiction, and poetry.  Please contact the publisher to subscribe, cancel, or make address changes at 1-888-724-6423.

Guidepost
Quarterly
Articles about faith, hope, and inspiration.  Please contact the publisher to subscribe, cancel, or make address changes at 1-800-431-2344.

 

Magazine FAQs

Here are some answers to the most common questions about magazines.  If you have any further questions, please contact us at 800-452-0292 or talkingbooks.info@state.or.us.
Yes.  NLS magazine cartridges are light blue in color and come in a red container imprinted with a distinctive Library of Congress flag logo and the letter “M” on the case.  The return process is the same as for audio books.​
No. You must return your magazine cartridges just as you return audio book cartridges.  If you don’t return your cartridges, your magazine service will be disrupted.  Due to the higher cost of cartridges, cartridges are reused by the publishers.​
The loan period for an NLS audio magazine depends on the magazines publication schedule:

  • Weekly: 3 week loan period
  • Monthly / Bimonthly / Quarterly: 7 week loan period

If there is a mixture of weekly and monthly issues on the same cartridge, the loan period is 7 weeks from date of receipt.
If you subscribe to more than one audio magazine, you may receive more than one magazine issue on the same cartridge.  When a cartridge with more than one magazines is inserted into a digital player, you will hear instructions for navigating among the magazine issues on that cartridge.  This is called using the “Bookshelf" mode.​
To access the bookshelf mode, press and hold the green Play/Stop button on the player until you hear “bookshelf.”  Use the fast-forward button to scroll to the next magazine in the list.  Use the rewind button to scroll to the previous magazine in the list.  Once you hear the title of the magazine you want to read, press the green Play/Stop button again.​
Subscribers to the audio version of Talking Book Topics will receive it on cartridge with other audio magazines.  If Talking Book Topics is the only audio magazine you receive, it will be the only item on the cartridge.  Talking Book Topics cartridges must be returned like any other magazine.
All issues of magazines are available at any time for download from BARD or BARD Mobile.  Downloading gives you immediate access to over 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in Braille and audio formats.  BARD is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are no loan periods, no need to return magazines, and no limits.

​It’s possible that your service has been halted due to overdue magazines.  Please call Talking Books at 800-452-0292 to have the Serials Coordinator review your account.  It is very important to return your magazines in a timely manner.

By contacting the magazine publisher directly:

  • Choice Magazine Listening: 888-724-6423
  • ​Guidepost: 800-431-2344​
 

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