Tools & Services

Acapela Group

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Acapela Group gives a voice to different products and services by inventing voice solutions to let the content speak for itself. Acapela Group enriches user interfaces in a natural and intuitive way with the help of their latest technologies. Acapela has a long and rich history of focusing on accessibility issues. The company remains deeply involved in improving the daily life of thousands of users around the globe. Acapela Text-to-Speech demo.

Acapela TTS voices for NVDA

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Acapela Text-to-Speech Voices for NVDA is a simple plug-in for the NVDA screen reader, adding Acapela Group’s high quality and high performing voices to your NVDA screen reader in several languages. More information http://www.acapela-nvda.com/.


Latest Release: Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA v. 1.4

Acapela for NVDA v. 1.4 comes with several improvements and new Scottish English voice called Rhona. More information can be found on the Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA blog.

Acapela TTS voices for your Android device

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Acapela TTS Voices app offers Android users the opportunity to easily add a pleasant voice to Google Play apps. Now, you can download the Acapela TTS Voices app directly from Google Play, listen to any of the voices available in 26 languages and select one voice or more to turn your Android device into a smart talking companion. Acapela TTS Voices work with any TTS compatible applications such Google TalkBack, some GPS Applications, translator applications, ebook reader, news reader etc. More info and the Acapela TTS Voices app are available on Google Play.

AMIS (Adaptive Multimedia Information System)

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AMIS is free open source DAISY playback software developed by the DAISY Consortium. Highlights of AMIS include its self-voicing interface, playback rate control, text searching and bookmarking, reading options, and page style customization. AMIS is available in multiple languages.

 

AMIS runs on Windows and supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY/NISO-2005 books. Learn more about AMIS, DAISY Software Player and download AMIS at the AMIS project page on the DAISY Consortium website.

ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Validator - ZedVal

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ZedVal, also known as the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Validator, is a DAISY 3 content validator. It was designed to validate Audio NCX books to support their conformance with DAISY 3, officially the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Standard. More info at the project site.


Latest Release: ZedVal 2.1

This version fixes an issue that caused books containing the MathML 'annotation' element to be incorrectly reported as invalid.

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 vs 1.1.1

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. The updated version of the app comes with several bug fixes.

Blaze EZ

Blaze EZ

The new digital book player, Blaze EZ, is classified as a ‘multi-player with OCR’.


Latest Release: Blaze EZ player firmware upgrade

Blaze EZ firmware upgrade v. 2.0 is now available. Registered users can download and play books from Bookshare, CNIB (Canada) and Nota in Denmark. More information is provided on the HIMS, Inc. website.

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.

BookPort DT

BookPort DT

The Book Port DT is ideal for reading Digital Talking Books. Record or edit your own material in Digital Talking Book format. Enjoy listening to internet radio or downloading podcasts for education or entertainment.


Latest Release: BookPort DT Firmware Update 1.2

The Book Port DT is a desktop-style Digital Talking Book player and recorder. The main changes include the ability to now download content to internal memory. Users still need an Internet connection to download a title, but once it is on your device, you may read without connectivity.

 

Four services now come installed: APH’s accessible editions of magazines, Bookshare, Open Library, and NLS DAISY. If you already had these services configured, they will still be available.

 

For instructions on downloading and installing this free firmware update, please go to http://tech.aph.org/bpdt_new.htm.

BookPort Plus

BookPort Plus

Main features:

  • Stylish design
  • Large, easily distinguishable keys
  • Embedded Text-to-speech for speaking the contents of computer files
  • Accessible interface
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Rechargeable battery (recharges with AC or USB)
  • Plays Digital Talking Books, audio, and different text formats
  • Supports high capacity SD cards up to 32 GB
  • Flexible file structure. It requires no special file or folder names
  • Creates Digital Talking Books from recordings made on the device
  • Can automatically start and stop recording based on sound levels
  • Can automatically add headings to recordings
  • Plays books from NLS, RFBD (now Learning Ally), and Bookshare

More information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.


Latest Release: BookPort Plus firmware update

Version 6.02 Improves responsiveness in large titles. In previous versions, the unit could get sluggish, especially toward the end of the title. Adds functionality to support the optional DAISY Online Download support. Detailed information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.

Bookshare

Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Bookshare offers accessible digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.


For more information, please visit the official website for Bookshare.

Bookshare Web Reader

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Bookshare Web Reader is the quickest and easiest way to access and read Bookshare books for Individual Members. Can be used on any computer running one of these browsers: Chrome 33+, Safari 6.1+ and Chromebooks 14+. VoiceOver or TalkBack is required to read aloud on mobile browsers. Special features include font size adjustments, three built in color schemes, synchronized text-to-speech and support for images.


Latest Release: Bookshare Web Reader

The current version is optimized for Google Chrome and provides text-to-speech with the voice installed on user's computer in addition to word highlighting. Bookshare Web Reader can also be used with other Internet browsers (Firefox, Safari), but may not have full functionality.

 

This reader works on Mac and Windows. More information is provided on the Bookshare blog.

Braille Sense Notetaker

Braille Sense Notetaker

Reliable notetaker with mainstream-compatible features. More information is provided on the HIMS website. Users can also record in DAISY.


Latest Release: HIMS Braille Sense Notetaker Version 8.5 Patch

This firmware fixes problems sending e-mails, significantly improves YouTube access, adds a special Exam Mode for students taking standardized tests, and gives users the ability to connect to both a USB and Bluetooth device simultaneously in the Terminal For Screen reader. For additional fixes and details please go to the HIMS, Inc. website.

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI comes with a word processor that supports more file types than other notetakers, including grade 1 & grade 2 Braille support with TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, BRL, BRF, HBL, PDF and EPUB.

 

Also features a built-in DAISY Player that supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0), NIMAS, NLS, Bookshare.org and Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D).  In addition, users benefit from built-in Media Player that supports WAV, MP3, MP4, ASF, OGG, WMA, M3U, Audible (AA, AAX), WMV, FLAC and MID.


Latest Release: Braille Sense U2 MINI Braille Notetaker

Braille Sense U2 Mini is packed with new features and upgraded hardware. Offers stable performance with an optimized Windows-based operating system. Built-in DAISY Player supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0). More information is provided on the HIMS Inc. website.

CSS for DTBook [basic]

A CSS stylesheet that may be used with DTBook documents is located at www.daisy.org/z3986/2005/dtbook.2005.basic.css. This CSS is supported and maintained by the Z39.86 committee. You may modify and redistribute it, but please consider donating enhancements back to the source.

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: http://code.google.com/p/android-daisy-epub-reader/downloads/list.

DAISY 2.02 Regenerator

The DAISY Regenerator is a software tool designed to enable organizations to repair and upgrade existing DAISY 2.0 and 2.02 DTBs.

 

This tool takes a DAISY 2.0 or 2.02 DTB as input, and performs a series of operations on it in order to output a valid DAISY 2.02 DTB.

 

Features include:

  • Conversion of HTML and SMIL files to valid XML
  • Fixes of reoccuring errors and inconsistencies that existed in the output of early versions of production tools
  • Ability to rename files sequentially (so that they play in order in MP3 players)

Why use the Regenerator?

  • Because the elimination of possible errors will yield a better experience for the end user reading the DAISY 2.02 DTB.
  • Because a valid DAISY 2.02 DTB is future safe. Only valid DAISY 2.02 DTBs are guaranteed to be upgradeable to the DAISY 3 standard. In this respect, the Regenerator may be regarded as an organization's "Swiss Army knife" of longevity.

The Regenerator works together with the DAISY 2.02 Validator. After regeneration has been done, the DTB can be automatically validated, to ensure that no errors or inconsistencies remain.

 

Download DAISY 2.02 Regenerator

DAISY 2.02 Validator

During the validation process, the software applies a series of conformance tests to the DTB. It compares the data in the DAISY content to the requirements and recommendations of the DAISY 2.02 Specification.

 

The Validator is testing for two things: if the DAISY DTB is readable (if it will play correctly), and if it is conformant. In conformance testing, possible violations to specifications are checked, regardless of their impact on the readability of the book. For example, information (metadata) such as book identifier or author are mandatory in the Specification.

 

The results of the validation process are divided into two groups: errors and warnings. For details about the DAISY 2.02 Validator, please read its manual carefully.

 

The DAISY 2.02 Validator was developed in an open source context.

 

Download DAISY 2.02 Validator

DAISY Basic Training Manual

DAISY Training Manual for DAISY Members using LpStudioPro & SigtunaDAR.

Note: The download link only appears if you are logged in and are associated with a DAISY Member Organization.

DAISY Glossary

A comprehensive DAISY Glossary of terms has been compiled and is being updated.

Older versions are available as listed below, or search the DAISY site for 'glossary'.

DAISY Pipeline

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(formerly DMFC - the DAISY MultiFormat Converter)

DAISY production is implemented in many organizations and companies around the world. The DAISY Consortium hosted the development of the DAISY Pipeline, a suite of cross-platform tools designed to support both production and distribution.

The DAISY Pipeline is a DTB and XML-oriented transformation pipeline designed to be used in both server-side and desktop environments. The DAISY Pipeline 2 is an ongoing project to develop a next-generation framework for automated production of accessible materials for people with print disabilities. It is the follow-up and total redesign of the original DAISY Pipeline project.


Latest Release: DAISY Pipeline Release 20111215

Additional information and links are available in the DAISY Pipeline Project area of the DAISY website.

DAISY Player by Jos Lemmens

DAISY player, available as a Ubuntu package and a full featured DAISY CD player for Linux.


Latest Release: Version 10.0 Now Available

Version 10.0 has been released. It will be available in the next version of Debian or in the new Ubuntu 15.04 and other Debian-based systems. For more information, please go to http://www.jlemmens.nl/.

DAISY Producer

DAISY Producer was developed by Christian Egli from the Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is a system for managing the production process of accessible media. It assumes that users are transforming the content from hard copy or any electronic format to DTBook XML. Once users have the DTBook XML, the DAISY Pipeline and liblouis can be used to generate DAISY Talking Books, Large Print and Braille in a fully automated way. Documentation and download are available on the DAISY Producer website.

DAISY Skippability Tweaker

The optional features described in the DAISY 2.02 spec documentation have not been implemented in all production tools or playback systems.

 

Technical experts in collaboration with the technical DAISY staff developed a strategy to implement features that are completely independent of LpStudio/Pro or Sigtuna DAR.

 

Organizations are required to include additional markup in their source files. They also need to use a post processing tool - The Skippability Tweaker - on the completed project.

Supported skippable structures are pagenumbers, sidebars, producer notes and footnotes.
For more information, please visit the official website for DAISY Skippability Tweaker.

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 2.07

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. 1.0.7

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

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. For more on the Direct to Player service please contact the CNIB Helpline by email: reader.services(at)cnib.ca.

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.

Dolphin Publisher

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Dolphin Publisher is the premier tool for creating professional DAISY digital talking books with human narration or synthetic (text-to-speech) voices. Used by RNIB, Open University, Learning Ally, Oregon State University, Vision Australia, CNIB and others.


Latest Release: Dolphin Publisher: Version 3.53

Dolphin Publisher 3.53 can be used to produce talking books in DAISY or EPUB 3 formats. Details are available on the Dolphin Publisher page on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Dolphin's SuperNova

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The completely re-engineered web support in SuperNova version 13 and beyond substantially reduces the time taken for a blind person to browse busy web sites. Additional keystrokes instantly navigate to particular parts of web pages.


Latest Release: Dolphin's SuperNova Version 15.05

SuperNova 15.05 has been released with several bug fixes and brand new features. More information is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Dorina DAISY Reader (DDReader) for Windows

This open source DAISY 3 reading software was developed by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in Brazil and is free to use and share. The DAISY books can be read by synthesized voice, pre-recorded narration, or text only.

DTB Splitter/Merger

DTB Splitter/Merger is a tool for handling (splitting/merging) multi-volume DTBooks (Digital Talking Books) in DAISY 2.02 or DAISY 3 format.

Download DTB Splitter/Merger

DTBMaker/DTB2iTunes

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DTBMaker is a set of open source cross-platform tools for the production of DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 titles either locally or by using our free online production site.


DTB2iTunes is a program used to combine all of the audio files of DAISY DTB into a single MP3 file or iTune Audiobook format and upload it to your iTunes or other MP3 application.

 

It is assumed that the DAISY DTB MP3 files are named in such a way that they will come together in order, are in MP3 format and are not encrypted in any way.  DAISY DTBs produced by DTBMaker 2.0 will be named in this way. DAISY DTB MP3 files produced by Learning Ally and the National Library Service are not in page order and this program will not work for them.


A new feature in DTB2iTunes is that it will now attempt to read a chaptertool.xml file if one is included with the book. If one is found, DTB2iTunes will use it to mark all the navigation points in the book in the audio book created. The current version of DTBMaker for Macintosh will create a chaptertool.xml file each time it produces a book. This permits users to jump to any navigation point in the audiobook file when used on an iPod.


Latest Release: DTB2iTunes 2.0

DTB2iTunes is a program used to combine all of the audio files of a DAISY DTB into a single MP3 file or iTune Audiobook format and upload it to your iTunes or other MP3 application.


For more information, please visit the official website for DTBMaker/DTB2iTunes.

EasyConverter

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EasyConverter is designed for use in schools, colleges, universities, small or large companies and government organisations. It is simple to use for those with no altformat creation experience, and is equally suited to experienced professionals looking for a single flexible high quality altformat creation tool to meet the needs of dyslexic, visually impaired and learning disabled students.

Key Benefits:

  • Offering students the formats of their preference ensures that you meet the growing legislation on inclusion.
  • Popular materials can be stored for future years and simply converted to specifically meet the needs of new students in their preferred format. 
  • Significant time saving benefits allow you the tutor to concentrate on teaching the curriculum.
  • EasyConverter ensures that you remain adaptable, and able to convert from a wide range of file formats.

Check out the RNIB review of the EasyConverter.


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyConverter 7.01

EasyConverter 7.01 comes with support for documents created in Word 2016 and EasyReader 7 for the latest DAISY playback. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

 

EasyConverter empowers users to make information accessible to people with visual impairments and dyslexia. With EasyConverter you can quickly create accessible Word documents, large print, MP3 audio, DAISY talking books and Braille.

EasyReader

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EasyReader is an accessible talking book reader software, allowing readers to read and listen to content through a combination of text, speech and images.


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyReader Version 7.03

Version 7.03 provides support for organisational Bookshare accounts; enabling downloading of books against sub accounts rather than just the overall umbrella account. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

 

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

Now you can access Reading Lists from your Bookshare account. Go Read interface now comes in Spanish too. Free, available on Google Play.

Google Text-to-Speech

Google Text-to-Speech powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. For example, it can be used by:

  • Google Play Books to read aloud your favorite book
  • Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word
  • TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device

To use Google Text-to-speech on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-Speech Engine as your preferred engine. On many Android devices, Google Text-to-Speech is already turned on.


Latest Release: Improved Google Text-to-Speech

What's new? Alternative voice variations are now available on every device. Support to amplify speech volume over other audio has been added. Google Text-to-Speech app is available on Google Play.

infovox

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All-in-one local & portable talking companion for visually impaired users.

infovox4 adds Acapela Group’s high quality pleasant TTS voices to your favorite screen reader or any Windows application supporting SAPI, in several languages. Create audio files for your own personal use via Speech Creator or create and edit pronunciation lexicon via Pronunciation Editor, add and remove voices via the Download Manager. NVDA screenreader is also included in infovox so that you can always carry with you a complete accessibility solution. More information:http://www.acapela-group.com/infovox/.

KBLL Reader

The Korean Braille Library has developed the KBLL Reader 1.0 with the Sims Line, a software developing company in Korea. KBLL Reader supports only audio and NCC DAISY books. The software is able to set book marking, control speed and volume, and allows the reader to move to chapter, page, or sentence. KBLL Reader can also search word and number (for instance page).

 

If you close the KBLL Reader to end reading, it automatically says the end page of reading. If a user uses KBLL Reader in a common place, like a library or school, this function is very useful.


For more information, please visit the official website for KBLL Reader.

Kolibre KADOS

Kolibre KADOS is a web service solution. Instructions on how to set up a service are available on the wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS/wiki.

 

Kolibre KADOS supports the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0 and can for example be easily implemented in a Linux environment. With this web service, anyone can distribute DAISY books to different types of players that support DAISY, such as Kolibre Vadelma.

 

There is a demo version of the DAISY Online Delivery web service based on KADOS up and running with sample content at kados.kolibre.org, which resets itself every day at midnight.


Latest Release: Kolibre KADOS web service

Kolibre KADOS (Kolibre Adaptive DAISY Online Service) is a web service solution based on the established scripting language PHP. The open source code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS.

Kolibre Vadelma

Kolibre Vadelma exemplifies the possibilities that exist with the open source software supporting DAISY. A talking book player can be built on various existing hardware platforms, including a Raspberry Pi unit. Kolibre Vadelma (the Finnish word for raspberry) supports the established DAISY 2.02 standard and the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0. The source code is available at https://github.com/kolibre and the instructions on how to build and test the player are available on a wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/setup-scripts/wiki.

Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)

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Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) is one of the leading producers of accessible textbooks in the United States. Digital audio technology was introduced to Learning Ally members in the fall of 2002. Their digitally recorded books using VOICEtext technology provide members with unprecedented independence through their extraordinary portability. Learning Ally digital books can be navigated by page, chapter or section at the press of a button.

Learning Ally Audio App for Android

Learning Ally Audio

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 80,000 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 3.2.4 brings improved performance and improvements based on user feedback. More information and download are available on iTunes.

Learning Ally Link for Chrome

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The audiobook reader designed especially for students with visual impairment, physical disabilities, and other learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Learning Ally members can access 80,000 audiobooks including literature and the largest selection of textbooks available anywhere.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link for Chrome

Chrome extension featuring unique VOICEtext technology: words are highlighted as they are read, improving comprehension. Also allows teachers and parents to track student progress and work together to help them succeed. Improved Version 1.1.1 is available from the Chrome store.

Learning Ally Link for iPhone & iPad

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Learning Ally membership is required to use this app. School memberships include access to Link and can use this educational reading app for students who have print disabilities. Parent or Adult memberships require providing Learning Ally with proof of a print disability. Learning Ally is a non-profit serving students with learning & visual disabilities in the US.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link for iPhone & iPad

Learning Ally Link for mobile is an educational reading app for Learning Ally members, designed for learning through listening. Learning Ally provides more than 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks and audio textbooks for dyslexic, blind and visually impaired readers. Version 1.1 brings improvements to scrolling and app sensitivity. Also, there is a playback fix for classic audio books when switching from portrait to landscape. Go to iTunes to download.

Learning Ally Link for Mac

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Learning Ally Link is an audiobook reader application designed especially for students with dyslexia, visual impairment and learning disabilities. Members of Learning Ally can access over 75,000 audiobooks including literature and the largest selection of textbooks available anywhere.


Latest Release: Learning Ally Link

Learning Ally Link makes it easier for students to read and thrive using audiobooks. Learning Ally audiobooks are human-narrated, equipped with unique VOICEtext technology that highlights words as they are read, therefore improving comprehension. Available in the Mac App Store.

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.

LpStudio/Plus

With the release of Dolphin Audio Publishing's EasePublisher, this software is no longer being featured. For inquiries regarding product support, licensing, and the like, please contact Dolphin Audio Publishing.

LpStudio/Pro

LpStudio/Pro is no longer being developed. Those looking for free tools for producing digital talking books, please check out Obi and Tobi.

 

LpStudio/Pro is available only to Members of the DAISY Consortium. This software is typically used in larger organizations with text production departments and audio recording departments. It is also usable in a singular context as a stand-alone tool, using the included Structure Editor to create NCC-only structures.


The software provides extensive features when producing full text Digital Talking Books using external source documents. The user has extensive functionality and flexibility when working in recording windows. Two recording screen options are available -- Advanced and Simple.

  • Output: Can be used to create NCC-only and full text DTBs.
  • Scripts for Jaws for Windows and maps for Supernova are available.
  • Requires an external synthesizer.

For more information, please use the Contact Us form, selecting the General category.

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.

Milestone 212 Ace Media Player

The Milestone 212 Ace is a discrete and compact DAISY player and voice recorder, that fits in the palm of your hand.


Latest Release: Milestone 212 Ace Media Player

Featuring buttons with tactile markings, this device is designed for high functionality and ease of use. Four main features: Audiobook player, voice recorder, music player, text-to-speech book reader. More information is available on the Bones website.

Milestone 212 DAISY Player

Milestone 212 is a Book Reader which opens the world of digital talking books. The newest member of the Milestone family of media players focuses on simplicity. In this spirit the device is reduced to the most important functions, and performs very strong on those. It now supports the playback of DAISY 2.02 and 3, unprotected EPUB 2, MP3, WMA, Word DOC, AA(X), AAC and TXT files.

Latest Release: Milestone 212 Version 4.47.7

The recording volume via integrated microphone is increased for Milestone media players with serial number 600000 or higher. Details are available on the Bones website.

Milestone 312 DAISY Player/Recorder

Milestone 312 DAISY Player

The Milestone 312 from Bones GmbH is the smallest MP3/DAISY Player/voice recorder on the market. Functionalities include audio books player, MP3/AAC player, voice recorder, FM tuner/recorder, alarm clock and RFID tag reader, all integrated into 50 grams, in the size of a credit card. Milestone 312 uses the MP3/AAC/WMA decoder software from DSP Spirit, providing excellent sound quality. It is very configurable to support a variety of reading and listening needs. Functions not used, not purchased or not desired can be disabled/enabled.

 

DAISY: This pocket-size device provides full access to heading levels, page numbers, phrases, etc. It also supports bookmark setting and switch between books on the memory card.

 

MP3: The Milestone 312 provides accessible MP3 navigation, supported by audible prompts. Folder names can be tagged with recorded voice.

 

Voice Recorder: The Milestone's small internal speaker produces crisp, clear audio even in noisy environments. The RFID tag reader allows users to tag and identify daily living objects such as medications, CD's, and food labels.

 

Milestone 312 has 1 GB of internal memory plus an SD card interface for up to 32 GB of storage. Both work in parallel and are fully accessible via USB connection - no software needs to be installed.


Latest Release: Milestone 312 Version 4.47

Version 4.47 of the software for DAISY Player/Recorder Milestone 312 is now available. This is a substantial upgrade which contains useful new features. Some of the highlights include support for Word DOC files as well as DAISY 3 and EPUB. Go to Bones website for details and download.

mSourcing Solutions

mSourcing Solutions work with a wide range of input formats (eg, paper documents, bound books, newspapers, magazines, scanned images, PDF etc) and convert them into different formats (e.g. MS Word, PDF, XML, ePub2/3, METS/ALTO​). This includes complex content including historic fiction and ​STM​ journals. More information is provided on the mSourcing Solutions website.

MyStudio PC

MyStudio PC

This new release of MyStudio PC includes fixes and improvements. A license is required for MyStudio PC. DAISY Member organizations may place a request for a license from the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD), see below.

  • Output: can be used to create audio and NCC-only Digital Talking Books.
  • The software is fully self-voicing. It does not require an external synthesizer.

This software is easy to learn and operate. Additional features include generating synthesized speech from text.


MyStudio PC is typically used in organizations where structured documents (NCC files) are not created before recording begins. It is often used by volunteers producing DAISY Digital Talking Books at home or in a studio.


For more general information about MyStudio PC, please use the Contact Us form (General Category) on the DAISY Consortium website.


MyStudio PC is available to Members of the DAISY Consortium at no cost. Full Members may request up to 50 licenses, Associate Members may request up to 10 licenses. If your organization is a Member of the DAISY Consortium and needs a license, please use the Email Contact link (available immediately below on this page). For this link to display, you must be logged in to the DAISY website using a valid Member login. Your request will be directed to JSRPD.


Latest Release: MyStudio PC Version 2.05.04.00

The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) has released Version 2.05.04.00 of MyStudio PC, the DAISY 2.02 navigation structure and audio production tool which is available to DAISY Member organizations at no cost.

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.

NLS Talking Books and Braille Program

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) free talking book program was first established by an Act of the U.S. Congress to serve blind adults. It was expanded in 1952 to include children. In 1962 music materials were added, and since 1966 individuals with other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are being served. Originally there were 19 libraries – today the NLS network includes more than 100 libraries across the nation and in the U.S. territories. These libraries distribute reading materials to a readership of more than 900,000. The Talking Book and Braille Program is a collaborative arrangement between federal, state, and local libraries. Read more about NLS services and digital content playback options on the NLS website.

Obi - easy to learn, powerful DAISY production tool

Obi

Obi is a free software application - audio production tool. Obi brings the benefits of DAISY technology to a broader range of consumers. In situations where time and cost constraints limit the use of sophisticated synchronized multimedia production tools (e.g. classroom environment, people and organizations in developing countries), Obi can unlock the potential of producers and consumers (e.g. teachers and students).


Latest Release: Obi 3.9.1 - DAISY and EPUB 3 Audio Production Tool

Obi is available for download at the Obi project site.

odt2daisy - OpenOffice.org Writer Extension

odt2daisy logo

odt2daisy is an OpenOffice.org Writer extension, enabling Export as DAISY output in DAISY 3 format, including support of mathematical content.


Latest Release: odt2daisy Version 2.1.1

This release includes numerous improvements.


For more information, please visit the official website for odt2daisy - OpenOffice.org Writer Extension.

Olympus DM 7 - Audio recorder and media player

The top-of-the-range DM-7 takes recording to a new level with Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility, a stereo sound microphone, and a slick, intuitively-designed user interface. In addition, it’s equipped with assistive features such as Voice Command and Text-to-Speech Functions.


Latest Release: Olympus DM-7: Digital recorder and multimedia player

For added convenience, the versatile DM-7 supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 audio book content. With enhanced playback functionality, the DM-7 is a great option for those on the go. More information is provided on the Olympus website.

Olympus DM-4 Audio Recorder / Player

Olympus DM-4

8GB of internal memory allows 2,000 hours of recording time, micro SD card compatibility extends it to 16GB. Supports DAISY 2.02, Audible.com books, MP3 and WMA and PCM formats. Available in the US.

  • Currently does not support Learning Ally books.
  • VOICE ACTIVATION - makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
  • OLYMPUS SONORITY - Edit files with Olympus Sonority sound editing software (included), which is compatible with PCs and MACs.
  • VOICE RECOGNITION - Use simple voice commands to create calendar entries, to-do lists and other basic functions.

Latest Release: Olympus DM-4 Version 1.51

To download the latest firmware update please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.

Olympus DM-5 Audio Recorder / Player

DM-5

The DM-5 is a state-of-the-art voice recorder for European market. With linear PCM, MP3 and WMA compatibility, the DM-5 is ideal for anyone who needs crystal-clear sound anytime, anywhere - from business professionals and journalists to photographers, students, the visually impaired and print disabled. CD-quality multi-format playback and recording combined with sophisticated features like Voice Guidance, Voice Commands, Text to Speech and DAISY 2.02 playback make DM-5 the choice for discerning users. For the latest updates, please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.


Latest Release: Olympus DM-5 Version 1.51

Firmware update Version 1.51 for DM-5. Watch a YouTube video about DM-5 features.

PLEXTALK Linio

PLEXTALK Linio

Users can play back their favorite DAISY books, electronic magazines or newspapers. Supports DAISY Online Delivery specifications. High performance built-in speaker provides users with comfortable listening.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio: New Cover

The PLEXTALK Linio is now equipped with an improved keypad cover. In addition to the main functions and navigation keys, you now gain access to the speed and tone keys. For more information, please visit the PlexTalk website.

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket Media Player

PLEXTALK Linio Pocket is a portable DAISY player and recorder, designed for the visually impaired and dyslexic to stream or download talking newspapers, magazines and books online.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio Pocket

The PLEXTALK Linio Pocket offers immediate access to DAISY online services in Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Sweden - and now also in the United States. Visit the PLEXTALK website to learn more.

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1

Plextalk Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder

The PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 is a lightweight, pocket-sized, DAISY-compliant music, voice, and book player/recorder that reaches a new level of mobility and offers ease of use for business, education and leisure. It is a true crossover media player/recorder which contains a host of applications and which also comes with extensive features that support complete accessibility for people with sight problems or learning difficulties.

 

Although this tiny player/recorder is only 55mm X 112mm X 16mm (2.2in X 4.4in X 0.6in) in size, it supports both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 playback, records DAISY 2.02 and has recording time capacity of 120 hours. Multiple audio playback formats are also supported. Starting with Version 2.00, PLEXTALK Pocket supports DAISY books provided by major library services and content providers (NLS, Learning Ally, Bookshare in the U.S.), etc. PLEXTALK Pocket features the world’s first wireless LAN function as a dedicated DAISY digital book player. Users can share books or files between their computer and the PLEXTALK Pocket via wireless LAN at home or office without using a USB cable.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Pocket Firmware v. 6.01

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 Firmware Version 6.01 comes with several improvements. For more information, please review the release notes.

PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2)

PLEXTALK PTR2

PLEXTALK PTR2 replaced the PTR1 and is designed to be a high quality recorder with the ability to create DAISY 2.02 books with audio, headings and pages, as well as music CDs. It can also play DAISY books, music CDs, Audio File CDs and CF cards. It can be used as a CD-RW or memory card drive when connected to a computer. For quicker and easier editing of DAISY content, the PTR2 is supplied with the PLEXTALK Recording Software (PRS). This package provides all the necessary tools to record, edit and finalize audio DAISY 2.02 books. This portable unit has a built-in microphone and an optional external microphone, providing recording versatility.


For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2).

PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross, reliable and high-quality DAISY player allows you to read various contents on CD, SD card and USB.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

Available only in Europe, PTN Cross features a cover that offers direct access to the DAISY functionalities. More information is available on the PLEXTALK website.

PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro (PRS Pro)

PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro is very similar to the software bundled with the Plextalk PTR2. Designed for Windows PCs, it is a simple to use editing and recording tool with voice guidance to support use by individuals who have a visual handicap. PRS Pro is available from Plextor in packages of five (5) copies.


For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro (PRS Pro).

Pratsam Mobile

Pratsam Mobile is a portable DAISY player that supports cellular networks. The handheld player is customized for use by the blind and visually impaired. For connections, a standard SIM-card provided by a network operator is used.

Features:

  • Supports high-speed data networks such as HSPA
  • Tactile buttons and guiding voice
  • Bookmarks and sleep timer support
  • Adjustment of playback speed and volume
  • Supports micro-USB charging and standard SD-cards
  • Headphones support
  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol support

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-mobile-product.html.

Pratsam Producer

Pratsam Producer is a solution for the production of accessible digital publications such as DAISY books and newspapers.

Features:

  • Automated speech synthesis (text-to-speech) production
  • Automatic comparison and verification of XML versus PDF
  • Conversion of XML to datebook, xhtml, EPUB or Microsoft Word documents
  • Optional post-editing with word processor before TTS production
  • Production of DAISY or EPUB, with or without audio
  • Delivered as a cloud service or using a dedicated server

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-producer-product.html

Pratsam Reader App

Pratsam reader app on phone screen

Pratsam Reader App is a DAISY player customized for use by the visually impaired and those with print disabilities, which works on smartphones and tablets.

Features:

  • Navigate by page, heading, sentence or time interval
  • Playback with synchronized audio and highlighted text
  • Supports DAISY Online Delivery Protocol
  • Online and offline reading
  • Bookmarks support, resume from last reading position
  • Search text within a book
  • Adjustable text size and color
  • Adjustable navigation method and playback speed
  • Sleep timer
  • Available on iOS and Android in cooperation with Pyxima

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-app-product.html.

Pratsam Reader Web

Pratsam Reader Web on a phone screen and on a laptop

Pratsam Reader Web is an accessible DAISY player customized for use by the visually impaired and those with print disabilities. The web app does not need any installations and works on all modern platforms, from computers to iOS and Android devices. The app is continuously updated to support all popular web browsers: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge (previously known as Internet Explorer). A demo of Reader Web is available at http://goo.gl/JzJ2k.

Features:

  • Simple navigation functions
  • Bookmarks support
  • Table of contents navigation
  • Shortcut buttons on keyboards
  • Synchronized audio and highlighted text
  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol-support through proxy service

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-web-product.html.

Pratsam Reader Win

Pratsam Reader Win is an accessible DAISY book player customized for the visually impaired and print disabled, for use with computers running Microsoft Windows.

Features:

  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol support
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) with guiding voice
  • High contrast mode and text size adjustment
  • Can be fully operated with a keyboard
  • Help section with audio guide
  • Works on touch-sensitive screens

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-reader-win-product.html.

Pratsam Server

Pratsam Server replaces expensive solutions available for the distribution of accessible books and newspapers to the visually impaired, such as the mailing of CDs and cassettes. Pratsam Server supports several online distribution methods, such as DAISY Online.

Features:

  • Standalone operation or integration with library system
  • Web browser interface for remote administration
  • Streaming and downloading of content
  • User web pages with content and software download
  • Delivered as a cloud service or a dedicated co-located server
  • Activity logging, statistics and tailored reports
  • Watermarking of DAISY books on the fly

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-server-product.html


Latest Release: Pratsam Server: Distribute Accessible Content

Pratsam Server supports DAISY Online Delivery Protocol 1.0, zip-file download and playback in a web app. Pratsam Server features extensive DAISY 2.02 support and optional watermarking of DAISY 2.02 books. This makes each distributed copy unique and traceable. More information is provided on the Pratsam website.

Read2Go App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Read2Go App Logo

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.

Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word

The Save as DAISY add-in translates Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 documents into DAISY.

 

The "Save as DAISY" add-in for Microsoft Office Word incorporates a "Lite" version of the DAISY Pipeline. Users can select to generate the DAISY XML for further processing, or generate a fully conforming DAISY file set with full navigation and full text synchronized with audio. The audio is generated by the default text-to-speech (TTS) engine on your Windows computer.

 

The Save as DAISY - Microsoft project area provides information about the Microsoft Word add-in, as well as links for downloading the latest version.  The version that supports Microsoft Office Word 2010 was released December 15, 2011.

Sigtuna DAR 3

The DAISY Consortium wishes to thank the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, JSRPD, for making Sigtuna DAR 3 available to DAISY Consortium Members.


The final release of Sigtuna DAR 3 became available February 2008.

  • Output: This software can be used to create audio and NCC-only, and full text/audio DAISY 2.02 Books.
  • Scripts for JAWS for Windows are available. Requires external synthesizer.

The user has the ability to create, edit, and/or remove NCC headings and pages during the recording process (when in "ToC-only mode"). In addition, a user can add full text segments to an NCC-only Digital Talking Book using the ATAU mode.


The software is typically used in larger organizations as well as in stand-alone settings.


For more general information, please use the Contact Us form, selecting the General category.


Sigtuna DAR 3 is available to Members of the DAISY Consortium at no cost. A license is required. If your organization is a Member of the DAISY Consortium and needs a license, please use the Email Contact link (available immediately below on this page). For this link to display, you must be logged in to the DAISY website using a valid Member login. Your request will be directed to JSRPD. Please include the information about your organization and name of the representative in your email.


Latest Release: Sigtuna DAR 3, version 3.0.22

This DAISY 2.02 production tool supports the production of DAISY books with audio and structure, as well as full text/audio DAISY books. It is made available only to DAISY Members by the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, JSRPD. A license is required.

Tobi - tool for authoring accessible e-Books

Tobi is an authoring tool geared towards re-purposing published material. It allows users to add audio narration to a text-only document, to synchronize a podcast with a structured script, or to review and improve an existing Digital Talking Book. To create text from scratch, we recommend popular editors such as Microsoft Word or Open Office, which can both produce DTBook markup thanks to their respective Save as DAISY add-ins. More information is available in the Tobi project area. Support for EPUB 3 has been added. Review Tobi User Manual and articles on DAISYpedia.

Victor Reader Stratus12 M

Stratus12 M

The Stratus12 M plays DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives. It has built-in text-to-speech to play digital text-based documents. The Stratus12 M includes a 12-key telephone-style number pad for direct navigation functions such as going to specific heading, page, folder, or file numbers.


Latest Release: HumanWare Victor Reader Stratus12 M

More information about this player can be found on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)

Victor Reader Stream 2

HumanWare has introduced a new version of the Victor Reader Stream media player for people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s now smaller, smarter and wireless. Yet, it retains the tactile keypad access, and simple bookshelf navigation.


Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream Version 4.7

What’s New in Version 4.7?

Detailed information is provided in the HumanWare newsletter and on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream CD Accessory

Users can combine the world renowned Victor Reader Stream and a special CD accessory. Perfect for people who do not have a personal computer. This is the easiest way to transfer a collection of DAISY books to CDs onto one single, portable audio playback device, without the use of a PC.


Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream CD Accessory

This accessory makes it easy to transfer a collection of DAISY books on CDs onto one single, portable audio playback device, without the use of a PC. Details are available on the HumanWare website.

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.

Webbox 2

Orion Webbox

Webbox 2 is a compact device with a simple user interface that allows you to listen to audio books, newspapers, magazines and news programs. Users can have access to the latest news and newspapers without having to wait for DAISY CDs. More information is provided on the Webbox 2 website.


Latest Release: Webbox 2 by Solutions Radio

The unique Webbox 2 keeps you in touch with the world. It is an Internet radio, an online DAISY player and so much more. Learn more about all features and read user stories on the Webbox 2 website.

Webbox by Solutions Radio

Webbox is a stand-alone web-enabled multimedia (DAISY) player offering access to more than talking books, magazines or newspapers. Audible prompts guide the user through a playlist of books, podcasts, radio stations, newsletters, plays, newspapers, website pages, current news and more.


Latest Release: Webbox: Now search Wikipedia and listen to Spotify

In addition to Wikipedia, examples of content that can be accessed include: DAISY Talking Books, (Internet) radio stations, magazines, podcasts, webpages, spoken TV subtitles, messages, newsletters, emails (also with mp3 audio attachments), daily newspapers and more. For the US market, access to the NLS BARD reading services is enabled. More information is provided on the DAISY Consortium website.