Tools & Services

BARD Mobile for Android

A service from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically handicapped (NLS) enables access to nearly 65,000 publications. With BARD Mobile, you can play talking books and magazines on your Android device.

Latest Release: BARD Mobile for Android v. 1.0.2

The BARD Mobile app for Android devices version 1.0.2 is now available at the Amazon Appstore for library staff and patrons who wish to install the app on a Kindle Fire device.


Users who are registered with the NLS (US), may sign up for a BARD account and receive their BARD user name and password. They can download the free BARD Mobile app and sign in with their BARD user name and password to get started. The app contains a user manual that can be accessed through the Bookshelf feature. BARD Mobile version 1.0.2 for Android is available from Google Play.

BARD Mobile for iOS

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The free BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. BARD contains nearly 65,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

Latest Release: BARD Mobile App for iOS v. 1.1

With BARD Mobile app, eligible users can play the structured audio materials on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. These users whose devices are connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth, can also read the braille materials available on BARD. Free, available on iTunes. This updated version of the app includes the following features:

  • New setting that keeps device from sleeping while download is in progress
  • Add to wish list directly from details screen
  • Enhanced braille search function
  • Improved VoiceOver hints and labels
  • New braille shortcut key
  • Improved Magic Tap response
  • Works with iOS 9

BookLink App

The Blind Foundation’s digital library now has an app for downloading books on an multitude of digital devices. The app is called BookLink. It has been designed for iPhones (4S and later).

Latest Release: BookLink App for iOS

The Blind Foundation's registered patrons can download this app from the Blind Foundation's website. Three different DAISY player modes are available in the BookLink app. They enable users to choose the DAISY player functionality that best suits their needs. More information is provided on the Blind Foundation website.

DAISY / EPUB Reader for Android

This is a collaborative project to create an open-source electronic book reader that will support various formats including DAISY and EPUB content. Currently the software is limited to supporting DAISY 2.02 format 'Talking Books'. DAISY / EPUB reader requires a minimum of version 1.5 of Android (also known as 'cupcake'). When the application is installed on a device with version 1.6 or later with TalkBack installed, the navigation of files and folders on the SD card is spoken. The application can be downloaded from the Downloads section of the project site:

Daisylezer App

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Full search and play functionality for mobile platform:

  • Searching in online catalogue
  • Personal list on bookshelf
  • Direct stream from bookshelf
  • DAISY navigation
  • Works with iPhone/iPad
  • Multilingual
  • Works well with Apple’s VoiceOver.

Latest Release: Daisylezer App Version 2.05

Developed by Dedicon, designed to work with both - iPhone and iPad. Available from iTunes. Languages: English, Dutch, French, German.

DDReader app for Android

DDReader app

DDReader is a free application for reading accessible digital books in DAISY 3.0 format. It is compatible with text-only books, audio only with navigation and full text with audio.

Latest Release: DDReader app for Android v. 1.2

This DAISY reader app is available in three languages​​: Portuguese, Spanish and English. More information and download are available on Google Play.

Direct to Player App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. The accessible Direct to Player app is also available.

Latest Release: Direct to Player App for iOS v. 1.0.6

This version contains minor display enhancements, some bug fixes and a new service announcement feature. Connects to the library (CNIB and CELA in Canada) and loads DAISY audio books and magazines onto your mobile device. Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. Available on the App Store.

Direct to Player service delivered by app for Android

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Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. This app works with Talkback and supports full DAISY functionality.

Latest Release: Direct to Player App for Android

The accessible Direct to Player app connects directly to the library (CNIB, CELA in Canada) and loads DAISY audio books and magazines onto your Android device. Available on Google Play.

Go Read App

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Go Read is a free, open source eBook reader for Android. GoRead is developed by Benetech and based on the open source FBReader.

Latest Release: Go Read App for Android v. 5.2

Access and download books directly from Bookshare (must be a Bookshare member to download). Read with voiced navigation and text-to-speech in DAISY 3 (text-only) and EPUB 2 formats. The latest release added ability to download and read Bookshare periodicals. It also fixed access to Bookshare books in Jelly Bean 4.3 devices as well as an issue with screen lock on paused books. Free, available from Google Play.

Learning Ally Audio App for Android

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The Android version of the Learning Ally Audio app is now available in the Google Play store. With the same functionality as the Apple app, it allows users to play any audiobook from the Learning Ally library, download books directly from your bookshelf, navigate by page or chapter, adjust the speed of audio playback, and add bookmarks.

Latest Release: Learning Ally Audio App for Android

Version 1.1.4 enables better proxy support. This app is available from Google Play.

Learning Ally Audio App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Learning Ally Audio App

Learning Ally members can explore Learning Ally’s extensive library of more than 75,000 audiobooks that are designed for people with print and learning disabilities. Learning Ally Audio application for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is available to individuals via the Apple iTunes store. Learning Ally online account is required to use the product, which offers advanced features for accessibility like bookmarking, chapter and page navigation, last position playback, variable speed control and more.

Latest Release: Learning Ally Audio App for iOS

Version 3.2.2 brings improved performance with proxy servers and various improvements based on user feedback. More information and download are available on iTunes.

Legimus App

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Legimus is an app from the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM. This app is adapted to the needs of persons with reading disabilities.

Latest Release: Legimus: Updated for iOS 8

To get access to talking books at MTM, patrons need to contact their local library for more information and registration. Users need to have a subscription to be able to listen to a newspaper in the app. Legimus app is available for both iOS and Android, download the latest version from the iTunes or Google Play.

Lydhør App

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Lydhør app turns mobile devices and tablets into a DAISY-compatible talking book player, supporting DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3 and EPUB 3 with media overlays.

Latest Release: Lydhør App for iOS and Android

Two Belgian companies Pyxima (a Friend of the DAISY Consortium) and Sensotec developed the Lydhør app. Registered NLB borrowers in Norway can use Lydhør to search for books in the NLB catalogue, borrow a book, and return it when they have finished reading it. Available on the AppStore on iTunes as well as Google Play.

NewsSpeak for iOS and Android

NewsSpeak app

NewsSpeak is a free news reading app that uses text-to-speech technology to read the latest news and trends out loud. The app is designed for commuters, visually impaired, or anyone who wants to relax and listen to the news. NewsSpeak is available in the App Store and from Google Play.

Read2Go App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

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Directly from within the Read2Go app, Bookshare members can find, download, and read books on their Apple device. Please submit your feedback to the Read2Go user forum.

Latest Release: Read2Go App Version 1.1.0

Read2Go has been updated to work better with iOS 8. Updated buttons: Bookshelf is now titled “My Books,” and Search is now “Search Bookshare”. Read2Go is available for purchase on the iTunes Store.

Vision Australia Connect

Connect is an exciting development for Vision Australia library patrons who can now browse their i-access bookshelf for DAISY audio books, and either read them immediately online or download them to read at another time.

Latest Release: Vision Australia Connect app

Vision Australia patrons can download the Connect app from the Apple App store or Google Play. More information is provided in the DAISY TechWatch article.