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Digital Talking Book (DTB) / DAISY

A Digital Accessible Information System (Daisy) Talking Book (DTB) is a digital or human voice recording of the full electronic text with the capability to navigate and bookmark sections of the book. A Daisy talking book is made up of a series of files linked together. A computerized text DAISY book can be read using refreshable Braille display or screen-reading software, printed as Braille book on paper, converted to a talking book using synthesized voice or a human narration, and also printed on paper as large print book. In addition, it can be read as large print text on computer screen.

Accessibility Features

  • Text-to-speech capabilities allow the text to be read aloud
  • Highlights text as it is read for improved comprehension
  • Built in bookmarks and electronic navigation
  • Images are tagged with alternate text descriptions that can be read aloud.
  • Page numbers of the Daisy correspond to the page numbers of the printed text.
  • Older Bookshare Daisy files did not contain graphics. Newer Bookshare Daisy files and Daisy files converted from NIMAS will have graphics with alternative text that can be read aloud.
  • Content is “Reflowable”, meaning the text is optimized to fit the page regardless of font size.
  • Most Daisy readers will have a series of additional beneficial features such as:
    • Dictionaries
    • Bibliographers
    • Contrast and color: Boost the contrast with various built-in color variations
    • Built-in graphic organizers
    • Pronunciation assistance
    • Highlighting of Digital Text for notes
    • Web access

Note: To open Daisy book use the (.opf) file, in a specialized Daisy reader.

Works With:

  • Text-to-speech programs such as Read: OutLoud
  • Kurzweil 1000 and 3000
  • Read and Write: Gold. Click these links for a comprehensive list of Daisy compatible hardware and software.