As we all know, the world of technology changes every day. The days of 8-tracks, reel-to-reels, and record players have come to an end. Some experts predict the end of audio cassette tape is near, while others claim it ended many years ago. Either way, the cost of producing audio cassette tape is increasing. It comes down to the basic rules of supply and demand. Fewer people use cassettes, therefore fewer cassettes are being made.
years, many companies have started to make devices that help those with visual and physical impairments “read.” Even our own United States government has introduced a digital player to replace their old cassette players. This upgrade in technology to the Talking-Book program has changed the lives of many users, both young and old. After decades of using cassette players, some users are having to learn how to “read” all over again.
Slowly, users are learning how to use the new cartridges and how to navigate their favorite books on the new Talking-Book digital Player … with one exception – God’s Word. Each day we
talk with many of these new users and they ask us for an Audio Bible. But, unfortunately, we have to turn them away. It’s not that we don’t want to give it to them. In fact, it breaks our heart each time we have to say “Sorry, we don’t offer Audio Bibles for the new digital players.” The problem is, we just don’t have the new technology to give.
We’ve had many internal staff meetings on what it would take to have our Audio Bibles available on the new cartridges. But no matter how much we want them, we just don’t have the means to purchase them.
This is where we need your help. We need partners, like you, who also have this desire to make God’s Word available to all – including those with the new technology.
We recently received a special gift of 100 USB drives. We are hoping to provide them as an alternative to the cartridges, for a temporary solution. The USB drives can be loaded with the Audio Bible and plugged into a new digital player via a smaller plug on the side. However we know this is not easy for users to manage, and so it is our prayer that by the end of this year, Audio Bible cartridges can be added to our list of products offered.
To help us add the new technology in these changing times, please consider offering a gift.