Digital Accessible Information System
|DAISY books are... I don’t know what superlative to use. DAISY (digital accessible information system) lets people with a print disability read just like everyone else does; turn the pages, go to a specific sentence, move to the next paragraph, spell aloud a given word. |
What can you do with a daisy book? One can use a player which can be computer software, software on a smartphone or a dedicated physical device to play books. I don’t mean just audio books. The books are formatted text which can be navigated by chapter, major unit, page, paragraph, phrase, sentence and word. The player allows for going to a specific page, putting bookmarks where needed and return to them. What does this mean in terms of real world usage?
I have a former student who is now in law school. She is using a daisy player to play her law school books. She can find the assigned pages, read, speed or slow the text, and have a single word spelled out to help understand the text more clearly, all without sighted help. On the physical player she has all seven of her current semester’s books on a device the size of a cell phone. I did learn that the Victor Reader Stream from Humanware has a file size limitation which will not play the large law books. One of these books is 2000 pages. The Plextalk Pocket PTP1 will play these very large books.
The Daisy Consortium has a free daisy book player for Window called AMIS. Please check this website for a list of players and general information about daisy. There are players for Macintosh, iphones, Android phones and more. If you are a student, this is THE way to read. Your school can arrange to have your books provided in daisy format. If they don’t know how to do that, tell them to contact me.
Books from NLS, Bookshare and Learning Ally are in protected daisy format and not all players can play these books. Daisy is the most accessible way to read for a person with any print disability.