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285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide (WHO, 2014): 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. In addition, millions of people have various other print disabilities. CELA's 3 minute video answers the question: "What is a print disability?".
Why Choose and Support DAISY or EPUB 3?
Open standards provide flexibility. You can listen to a DAISY book on a computer while reading the text with a braille display. You can also listen to a talking book with a special stand-alone player at home or use your mobile phone or tablet when traveling.
Navigable books can increase reading speed and improve reading efficiency. With the press of a button, you can jump to the chapter you need. . . faster than the eyes can skim.
Navigable DAISY content that has electronic text available, either with or without audio, may permit readers to examine the spelling of words, or search the text, by using a software player on a computer or a mobile app.
When DAISY full text is available, some software players also offer users the ability to display and highlight the text of the book on the screen. DAISY features have been integrated into the mainstream EPUB 3 standard.
Finding the Best Way to Read...
There are different kinds of DAISY books, ranging from audio only to text only, with full text and full audio as the fullest and richest reading experience for the end user. It is even possible to produce hard copy braille from a full text DAISY book.
Although the DAISY Standard was developed for people with print disabilities, there are many applications for it:
- Lectures that are available as audio and text files simultaneously.
- Emergency preparedness materials in structured audio format, available to all who need them.
- Synchronized text and audio is valuable for teaching literacy or a foreign language.
DAISY features are integrated into the mainstream EPUB 3 standard.