FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Friday, April 9, 2010
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

NFB-NEWSLINE® Delivers Three Million Minutes of News in March

Baltimore, Maryland (April 9, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that NFB-NEWSLINE®—its free service that provides independent access by print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications and TV listings—delivered a record-setting three million minutes of news to its subscribers in March.

NFB-NEWSLINE® 's record-setting month capped off an exciting start to 2010, including a long line of recent improvements and additions to the system.  NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket—a dynamic software application for personal computers, which through an Internet connection automatically downloads the publications of a subscriber’s choice to his or her digital talking-book player—is now compatible with two more digital talking-book players, the BookSense and Book Port Plus.

NFB-NEWSLINE® now offers more publications than ever before, with 317 newspapers and magazines available, which can be accessed by a number of methods: by download to a digital talking-book player, over the telephone, or on the Web.  Most recently, NFB-NEWSLINE® added several prominent magazines, including the SmithsonianTime, and The New Republic.  The newest addition to the list of magazines available is Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, which contains features of specific interest to the blind.  NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers can now also administer access to their favorite publications through the NFB-NEWSLINE® Web site (www.nfbnewsline.org), deciding which publications they wish to receive by phone, via the Web site, by e-mail, or with NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket.  The Web interface allows each user to maintain separate lists of favorite publications for each delivery method.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The record-setting number of minutes of news delivered in March clearly demonstrates that NFB-NEWSLINE® is reaching more subscribers than ever before.  This vital service­­­­­—which offers the print-disabled unprecedented, round-the-clock access to news and information—continues to grow, regularly adding new publications and new features.  We are extremely proud of the NFB-NEWSLINE® team for its hard work and dedication to providing the best service possible to subscribers.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access newspapers and magazines by download to a digital talking-book player, over the telephone, or on the Web. 

To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  Those interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application form, write to nfbnewsline@nfb.org, or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be eligible for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US resident who is legally blind or has a physical or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers.