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DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem/Digital Talking Book)

A Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) Talking Book (DTB) is a digital or human voice recording synchronized with electronic text that has navigation and bookmarking capabilities. A DAISY talking book is made up of a series of files linked together. A DAISY book requires specialized DAISY players. The players can be standalone (i.e., Victor Reader Stream by Humanware) or computer/software-based (samples listed at Bookshare).

Accessibility Features

  • Text navigation, search, bookmarks
  • Text-to-speech capabilities allow the text to be read aloud
  • Images are tagged with alternate text descriptions that can be read aloud. (Note: older Bookshare Daisy files do not contain graphics. Newer Bookshare Daisy files and Daisy files converted from the NIMAC 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

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

Works With:

  • Text-to-speech programs such as Read&Write and Kurzweil 1000/3000
  • DAISY reading apps
  • Standalone DAISY readers