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Limitations of Electronic Text and Audio Today
Typical audio books do not allow the reader to move through the book easily. You can listen from beginning to end, but not much more, resulting in frustration and wasted time.
While it is possible to navigate through some electronic text files, this option may or may not be accessible to everyone. Electronic content that lacks navigation makes reading slower and less efficient than it has to be.
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, using a software player on a computer. 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.
The Best Way to Read
DAISY 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. It's like magic.
Why Choose DAISY
The DAISY standard provides flexibility. You can listen to a DAISY book on a computer while reading the text with a braille display. Or you can listen to a DAISY audio book with a special stand-alone player at home or when traveling.
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 with books and people with print disabilities in mind, we can envision many applications for it:
- Imagine lectures that are available as audio and text files simultaneously.
- How about emergency preparedness materials in audio format as well as available to all who really need them.
- Or, think about how synchronized text and audio would be valuable in teaching literacy or a foreign language.