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 Mobile.

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

AARP - The Magazine


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
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.

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

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest
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
Articles on cooking, entertainment, and travel; recipes from well-known restaurants.

Consumer Reports
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
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
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
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
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
Articles on family and home management with features on food and decorating.

Health and Nutrition Newsletters
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
Gardening trends, products, and projects for amateur gardeners.

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

Kiplinger's Retirement Report
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
Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing. Readers are sent a different magazine each month.

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
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
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

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
Literary articles and book reviews from the Sunday
New York Times.

O, The Oprah Magazine
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.

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
Contains project-building ideas and news on all aspects of ham radio. Official publication of the American Radio Relay League.

Quarterly Music Magazine
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.

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

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
Recipes, guides to local travel, decorating ideas and inspiriation, 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
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
Articles on vacation sites and tour destinations with tips on food and photography.

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

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 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
New and established writers discuss their craft and work experiences. Regular columns feature trade news, contest information, and names and addresses of manuscript markets.