DAISY Consortium's News Brief - # 2014-08b
Enjoy a concise selection of digital publishing news. Our main goal is to inform DAISY Members and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments.

Upcoming Events: eBooks for Everyone! - WLIC 2014 Satellite Conference, HumanWare's Back to School Webinar, AIM Center Webinars

IFLA's WLIC 2014 Satellite Conference "eBooks for everyone! An opportunity for more inclusive libraries" on August 22-23, 2014 will take place in Paris. Register now.

HumanWare's Back to School Webinar: Optimizing your iPad Experience with Braille on Wednesday August 27th at 11:00 AM (EDT). Register now.

AIM Center: Free webinars on accessible instructional materials for educators and families.

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Featured App: Gitden Reader

Gitden Reader is an EPUB 3 compliant eBook reader application for iOS and Android OS.

The iOS version requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Android version requires 4.0.3 and up.

This app supports both EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 content including interactive multimedia properties such as audio, video, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), multiple CSS3, unlimited font-style, vertical writing, JavaScript, etc. Vertical writing support is a key need for reading texts in Japanese. The Gitden Reader supports both reflowable text and fixed layout.

For those who render Media Overlays in reflowable books, features such as volume control, speech rate control, skipping and escaping have recently been added. If you have used the Gitden Reader, let us know what you think.

Kolibre KADOS: An open source DAISY Online service

Kolibre logo imageImplementing a fully fledged DAISY Online distribution service system with all the desired features can be a complex project. Minimum requirements include a user registry, player registry and a registry of publications. Some of these registries may already exist and will need to be integrated into the new system; some may need to be created as part of the project. Another common minimum requirement is allowing for the browsing and borrowing of titles via a web page.

The online service should be able to communicate with legacy systems and standards. It also needs to be secure to avoid intrusion and theft of sensitive content. Integrating a reliable and flexible DAISY Online service with existing systems is a challenge that can feel overwhelming.

The Kolibre KADOS open source web service was designed with all of these factors in mind. It had to be flexible, but still simple to set up and use. A general solution that can be adapted to any system, offering an interface that can deliver talking books straight to the end users’ DAISY players via the Internet. Therefore, the acronym KADOS was chosen - Kolibre Adaptive DAISY Online Service.

KADOS uses an adapter API to communicate with registries such as user and content management. This helps speed up implementation, as organizations adapting this service only need to implement a custom adapter and can forget about handling complex SOAP requests and responses. Kolibre believes this approach is appreciated among organizations wanting to deliver their content via the DAISY Online protocol.

Currently KADOS supports only the required operations mentioned above, but Kolibre is eager to implement all features in the existing and the upcoming changes. Kolibre’s activities are funded mainly by charitable trusts in Finland, but any help is welcome to speed up the development of new features. Kolibre would love to see KADOS developed into a reference platform for the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol, both from an implementation and functional view, to the benefit of all.

A demo web service has been set up at http://kados.kolibre.org with test accounts and sample content from the DAISY Consortium. How to set up your own web service is described in the KADOS wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS/wiki/How-to-deploy-a-demo-service on Github. Kolibre has also published a wishlist (https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS/wiki/KADOS-wish-list) for new features in KADOS. All suggestions are welcome, contact Daniel Ainasoja [daniel.ainasoja(at)kolibre.org].