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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.