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Publication Catalog

We Bring Books to the Blind

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund (MBTF) offers an extensive publication catalog of braille materials.

This year MBTF will ship over 5,000,000 braille pages from our library. Our catalog contains a listing of titles, price and other pertinent information.*

Unless requested otherwise, all volumes are bound with 19-ring binders and heavy plastic covers. A print title page with volume number, page numbers and other key information is provided on the inside cover.

*Catalog numbers enclosed in parentheses followed by a $0.00 dollar amount reflect books currently in production. A dollar amount will be assigned to these books upon their completion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the FAQs below for answers regarding MBTF's publication catalog.

Do you offer rush shipping?

Need it YESTERDAY? If you need rush handling, we can ship UPS Regular, Next Day or Second Day service. The cost is added to the invoice.

COST SAVER TIP: To save shipping costs, ask to have the first few volumes shipped UPS and the balance shipped FREE MATTER.

Most orders for copies of completed books are shipped within three days. During the busy summer season your order may be shipped in one to three weeks.

What is your return policy?

All returns must receive prior authorization from MBTF. No return will be authorized after 45 days from invoice date. Returns due to our error will be refunded in full. Returns due to customer error will be charged a 25% restocking fee. All books are to be returned to the following address:

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 N. Elm Rd.
Jackson, Michigan 49201

How do I interpret the information in the packing slip for books in production?

The following information is being provided to help customers interpret the information contained in the description section of a packing slip or invoice for books that are in production (i.e. work in progress). The book Glencoe Health: A Guide to Wellness (Student Workbook) is being used as an example:

  • Line 2: Title (STUDENT WORKBOOK)
  • Line 3: ISBN (13 Digit /10 Digit)
  • Line 4: Copyright
  • Line 5: Volume(s)
  • Line 6: Braille Pages
  • Line 7: Tactile Graphics
  • Line 8:
  • Line 10:
  • Line 11: SV1-SV3 and V1-5 / 745
  • Line 12: 344 Tactile Graphics

Line 1 - identifies the book title
Line 2 - continues the book title (if needed)
   *NOTE: If only one line is needed for the title, the following lines are moved up one
Line 3 – identifies the International Student Book Number (ISBN); first by the 13 digit, followed by the 10 digit
Line 4 – identifies the copyright year
Line 5 – identifies the number of volumes (empty until book is completed)
Line 6 – identifies the number of braille pages (empty until book is completed)
Line 7 – identifies the number of tactile graphics (empty until book is completed)
Line 9 – indicates the book is in production and additional volumes are forthcoming
Line 11 – “SV” is an abbreviation for Supplement Volume and “V” is an abbreviation for Volume. Therefore, Line 11 indicates Supplement Volumes 1 thru 3 and Volumes 1 thru 5 are being mailed in this shipment. After the volume information, a diagonal line appears with a number after it. This number represents the number of braille pages in this shipment.
Line 12 - indicates there are 344 tactile graphics being mailed in this shipment.

What if I find braille errors?

We guarantee that all braille errors reported to MBTF will be corrected promptly and replacement page(s) shipped at no charge.

Our goal is to assure that your students consistently receive accurate transcriptions. We ask for your assistance to correct errors; send us a photocopy of the print page from the textbook with the error circled and the braille volume number written on top of the print page.  Include your name, telephone number and address.

Terms and Conditions

All prices include the cost of binding. For unbound materials, deduct $1.00 per volume from the catalog price. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Unless otherwise specified, orders are shipped FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND. At your request we will ship UPS (see RUSH SERVICE) with the charges added to the invoice.

We invoice after the order has been shipped. Terms are — Net 30 Days — from the date of the invoice. Past due invoices may carry a service charge of 1½% per month.

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To facilitate accuracy in billing and shipping of textbooks that are currently in production, we require a separate purchase order number for each title.

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MBTF Catalog Number#
UEB or EBAE Code
Number of Copies
Date Needed
Copyright Date
School Grade
Special Instructions


Our Process for Online Quotes

1. Submit the form to the leftabove.
2. We'll respond with a quote.

Order by Mail

Submit orders to
Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
Tax I.D. #38-3387837

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 N. Elm Road
Jackson, Michigan 49201 (USA)

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Please Include

ISBN (number is usually found on title page or back cover)
MBTF Catalog Number
UEB or EBAE Coding
Copyright date
Number of Copies
Special Instructions*
Date you'd like the publication in hand
Shipping Address
Billing Address
Name and phone number of contact person

*Standard publications are printed Contracted, Single-Spaced, and Interpoint. Please specificy if you require otherwise, for example: Uncontracted, Double-Spaced, Single-Sided