Atkinson Hyperlegible font is named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson. What makes it different from traditional typography design is that it focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability. We are making it free for anyone to use!
BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. BARD is password-protected, and all files are in an electronic downloadable form of compressed audio or formatted braille. BARD is operated as a partnership between NLS and its network of cooperating libraries in the United States and its territories. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics. Network libraries approve reader applications, respond to reader inquiries, and provide technical support. Ready to apply to get BARD? Go to the BARD application page.
Digital audio and ebraille materials are also available through the BARD Mobile app for iOS and Android devices. BARD Mobile can be downloaded through the App Store, Google Play store, and Amazon Appstore. To download books and magazines on an iOS or Android device through the BARD Mobile app, users must register for the BARD online service with their network libraries. A refreshable braille display with a Bluetooth connection is required to access ebraille materials through the BARD Mobile app.
Digital talking books can be downloaded as a ZIP file to a computer in protected compressed audio file format. Once a reader selects, downloads, and saves the file, it can be decompressed and transferred to a USB thumb drive or cartridge to play on a library-provided digital talking-book machine or an approved commercial digital player. Users must be able to access the Internet and be authorized to use the service by their local cooperating library. Basic computer and Internet skills, including familiarity with online forms and downloading and unzipping files, are essential.
On a computer, downloaded ebraille (electronic braille) materials can be embossed or read with a refreshable braille display. Users must have a braille display, braille-aware device, or braille embosser to read ebraille files. Ebraille materials are available in contracted and uncontracted format, and can be downloaded by individual volume (in the NLS Voyager catalog) or in a ZIP file on the BARD website containing all volumes of the book (or parts of the magazine).
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BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is a free library service of downloadable braille and audio reading material for residents of the United States and US citizens living abroad who are unable to read or use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. BARD provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. The site is password-protected. All files are downloadable as compressed audio or formatted ebraille files. BARD is a partnership between NLS and its network of cooperating libraries. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics. Already registered with BARD? Find books and magazines in BARD now.
You can get a free talking-book player on long-term loan from your network library, buy a commercial model on your own if there are features you prefer, or download the free app to your smart device. BARD Mobile is available at the App Store External for iOS or the Play Store External or Amazon Appstore External for Android.
Once you download a book to your computer, two places to check for it are your Downloads and Documents folders. If you know how to search your computer for files and folders, you can search DB- to locate audiobooks or BR- to locate braille books.
BARD Express provides NLS patrons with an easy way to access BARD. Use BARD Express to browse thousands of audio books and magazines, download them to your Windows-based computer, and transfer them to an NLS cartridge. BARD Express simplifies the process by providing a menu-driven interface, reducing the need to memorize a complex set of keyboard commands. What does this mean? BARD Express can be used with as few as four keys, while providing advanced functionality for the more adventurous user.
Patrons may download braille and talking books through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), a web-based service that provides access to thousands of braille and talking books, magazines, and music scores available. Books and magazines may be also downloaded through the BARD Mobile app in audio and braille, which requires a Bluetooth connection to a refreshable braille display. The BARD website and mobile app are password-protected, and all files are in an electronically downloadable form of compressed audio or formatted braille. BARD is available to registered users of NLS through their local braille and talking book library. You will need a free digital talking-book player from NLS or a personal device such as an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet or the Amazon Kindle Fire.
To get books if you live in the United States or its territories, contact your local braille and talking book library. Find a Library or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to be connected with the library serving your area. If you are unable to locate a library or wish additional assistance, please contact NLS via [email protected], call (202) 707-5100 or toll-free 1-800-424-8567, or request an application packet be mailed to you. To get books if you are a United States citizen living overseas: Email the overseas librarian at NLS or call (202) 707-5100.
Nexa Light, and Nexa Bold, are both available to download for free. They are a little more expressive than some of the typefaces in this list, notably the lowercase g and the uppercase J and Q. Much of the basic form is inspired by Gotham, and Nexa is great for branding projects.
Vision is an entire family of 12 fonts free for both commercial, and non-commercial work. A fraction more humanist that Gotham, especially in the lowercase, Vision uses the same basic letterforms with a slightly narrower, less rounded skeleton.
If Gotham is overused, it is only marginally more overused than the next typeface in our list. Museo Sans is wildly popular with web designers because it offers the same aesthetic, for nothing. Museo Sans 500 can be downloaded for free for commercial and non-commercial work.
Kiona is a minimal geometric uppercase typeface that feels similar to Gotham in many of its characters. But Kiona emphasises the diagonal in its distinct K, and R. Kiona light, bold, and semibold are all premium fonts. Kiona regular is free to download.
Open Access image downloads are now available directly from the object pages located on this website. Over 50,000 images are available for download, and we will continue to add more images for free access as more works are photographed and as works of art enter the public domain.
A Roman-serif with a classic bookish feel to it. Restora is at home as a display typeface in a modern novel or used to evoke the nostalgia of 1970s and early 80s publishing. Unbelievably, this font comes with over 700 characters and a massive amount of alternate characters.
This retro national park inspired display font contains surprise descenders and other flair that pairs perfectly over curved paths for logos, badges, and type based designs. Wildfire is a premium font.
Inspired by the utilitarian clarity of Swiss type design, Supria Sans is an easy-to-read workhorse of a font. Get the regular and regular italic weights for free with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership.
Designer Jeremy Vassey created this free condensed font. Cast Iron has a geometric structure and industrial aesthetic. Ideal for high-impact logos or headlines. Available in both sans and sans-serif versions.
Grab five of our most popular retro fonts for free. Fonts are packaged in one easy to download ZIP file. Includes OTF files, license, and we'll even send you some more free retro fonts and resources for the next few days after you sign up.
HKNY nails the look of the kind of lettering you might see painted on a pop-up brewery or arthouse film poster. It is an SVG font which means when you use it they'll be transparent in some areas emulating the look of real painted hand lettering. HKNY is an all caps sans-serif font available free for personal use and starts at $28 for commercial use.
Milestone is a simple script font inspired by baseball and sign-painting history perfect for packaging, logos, or anything that you'd want to give a sophisticated yet accessible feel. A sample version is available free for personal use.
Fenwick is a stunning sans serif, display font family published by Typodermic Fonts Inc. Of the eight weights available, Fenwick Outline is free for personal and commercial use under a desktop license. The extended family of fonts is available starting at $9.95.
A thick Art Deco-inspired font created by DonMarciano. Camar is perfect for postcards, premium food packaging, and other projects that need clean bold design with a classic vintage touch. It is available free for personal use with commercial licenses starting at $20.
A premium letterpress family with rectangular letterforms and authentic, hand-crafted texture, Sucrose is a distressed font with two free weights. It is available free for personal use with commercial options available starting at $20.
Looking for the perfect typeface to create a vintage logo, branding or packaging project? Step up Sonder, a curvy free font that comes with both serif and sans-serif characters, in distressed and non-distressed form, and in black, bold and regular weights. A sample version is available for free, and the full typeface can be purchased for commercial use starting at $15. 2b1af7f3a8