Software Playback Tools

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.

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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.

 

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 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 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 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.

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.