Sources for Purchasing Blank Cartridges . . .

for Listening to DownloadedNLS Books on the Digital Talking Book Machine

We encourage you to purchase both a cartridge and the special USB cable used to attach it to your computer. Below are four sources for blank cartridges and compatible USB cables.

1. American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)

1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839 (Toll-free customer service in the U.S. and Canada)
Contact: Customer Service

2GB Cartridge: $12.00
USB Cable: $5.00
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2. Perkins Products
175 North Beacon St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972 7308
(617) 926 2027 (fax) Talking Book Accessories section
1GB Cartridge: $10.99
2GB Cartridge: $11.99
USB Cable: $5.00
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3. Howell Mobility Products
717 Louis Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067-4603
(248) 548-1788
(248) 548-1788 Fax (call first)

2GB Cartridge: $11.00
USB Cable: $3.00
Howell Mobility Products says: "Shipping and handling rates for small cable and cartridge orders are less than our normal rates. For shipping and handling within the U.S. add $3.00 for up to 10 items. For over 10 items, use the regular rates, which total %5 of your order with a $7.00 minimum. For shipping outside the U.S. please call us. MICHIGAN RESIDENTS please ADD 6% SALES TAX."

4. Vistas
Braille Institute
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111, Ext. 1245
(323) 663-0867 Fax

2GB Cartridge (order #21601): $15.95
USB Cable (order #2141): $7.95
Shipping charge of $8 per order. Customers outside California pay no state tax.

* Please be aware that in providing this information to our patrons we are not endorsing or recommending any specific vendor. We will provide similar information on other cartridge and cable vendors as we become aware of them. (

Downloading books to a cartridge entails essentially the same process as downloading to a flash drive; both are treated as external drives by your computer. Your local or regional NLS-affiliated library is available to answer any questions you may have about your free NLS player and downloading content to it using a cartridge.