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.

Book Wizard Reader

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Book Wizard Reader, software from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), offers users the ability to read both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3, ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2002 digital talking books. Review the manual, download a demonstration copy, or purchase the software by going to the APH website.


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

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. 1.0.5

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.

Dolphin SaySo Toolbar

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SaySo is a tool that can assist users with their reading and writing projects. It highlights the words as they are spoken, helping users to focus and build their understanding of the text. Sit back, read and absorb an entire report or just hear a tricky sentence while researching online. SaySo will also read your emails.


Latest Release: Dolphin SaySo Toolbar for Reading & Writing Version 1.04

SaySo v1.04 includes a range of new features and fixes, making SaySo ideal for use in the workplace, schools and at home. A full list of improvements 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.


Latest Release: Dorina DAISY Reader

For support, please go to the DDReader home page.

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. Mattias Karlsson explains: “Students of all ages extract information from books and cite them in their own work. A reader with a vision impairment or learning disability such as dyslexia is no different. With version 6, learners can now select and copy text from the EasyReader reading window, ready to paste into Microsoft Word, or whatever their preferred application may be".


Latest Release: Dolphin EasyReader Version 6.04

Version 6.04 includes improved functionality to provide a more seamless reading experience for readers with visual impairments and dyslexia. More information can be found on the Dolphin Computer Access website.


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

EasyReader Express

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Olav Indergaard explains the benefits that the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB) have experienced in adding EasyReader Express to their DAISY talking books: "NLB (The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille) has been a provider of DAISY-content for several years. One of our challenges as a DAISY-content provider has been to ensure that our users have access to DAISY-playback systems in order to fully utilize the DAISY-format. NLB therefore decided to provide DAISY-player software to all our users by including a DAISY-player in all our books. EasyReader Express was the software of choice." More information is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

Emerson - EPUB and DAISY Reader

Emerson is a cross-platform audio DTB player. It does not support text-only DTBs, it only supports MP3 encoded DTBs. DAISY formats supported: DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 Version 2005 (formally ANSI/NISO Z3986-2005). Please note that this player is no longer being developed.

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Go Read App

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Go Read is a free, open source eBook reader for Android.


Latest Release: Go Read App for Android v. 4.1

Access and download books directly from Bookshare (must be a Bookshare member to download). Read with voiced navigation and text-to-speech in DAISY and EPUB formats. Now you can download and read Bookshare periodicals. Available from Google Play.

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.

Learning Ally Audio App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

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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.

Learning Ally Link

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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.

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.