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Read and Listen with AMIS - Daisy DTB Reader
This presentation will inform you of the features and benefits of DAISY, and will focus on four main advantages.
What is DAISY?
DAISY is the acronym for Digital Accessible Information System.
The DAISY System is transforming the reading and learning experiences of people who have a print disability in over 30 countries around the world.
There are currently more than 125,000 DAISY books already produced worldwide.
Limitations of Audio Books today
Typical audio talking books do not allow the reader to move through the book easily. You can listen from beginning to end, but not much more, resulting in frustration and wasted time.
What is a DAISY Digital Talking Book?
A traditional talking book is an analog version of a print publication. A DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB) is a multimedia version of a print publication. In both instances the rendering of the audio is usually in human voice.
During the development of the DAISY standard, talking book readers from around the world were consulted regarding their reading requirements and needs for a fully accessible audio book. It was very clear that analog recordings did not meet their reading and information needs.
Access to places within the book, difficulties using the medium itself, quality, preservation of content and numerous other issues indicated that producers of talking books had to begin the move to a digital platform. However, a digitally recorded human voice in itself would not resolve all of the issues, particularly the issues of accessibility and navigation from point to point within the book.
DAISY DTB’s do meet talking book reader requirements by providing access to the talking book that has never before been possible, giving the talking book reader instant access to any part of the book, including chapters, and pages.
Why Choose DAISY?
The DAISY standard provides flexibility and options never before possible. You can listen to a DAISY book on a desktop computer or laptop, or you can listen to a DAISY audio book with a portable hardware player at home or when travelling.
The average book is contained on 10 cassettes or 12 CD’s. DAISY is a compressed format that can be put on a single CD and easily used.
Up to 50 hours of audio may be contained on one DAISY CD - the equivalent of more than 30 standard cassettes. It is also possible to place more than one book on a CD.
DAISY allows the reader to navigate around the book in the same way they would access a print book, if not better.
The book has a structure that allows the reader to easily navigate around the book to locate specific content.
Typically, the structure would be headings like chapters and subchapters, footnotes and announcements, as well as page numbers.
The navigation of the book starts with the reader understanding the structure of the book, usually by reading the table of contents. This is the same way we would use a print book.
Using a portable hardware player as an example, it is possible to go directly to the table of contents. Once a heading is found, it is possible to go directly to the corresponding page, the same page as in the print book.
The player has all the usual features such as play/stop, volume, tone and speed controls.
Other useful features include a “bookmark” feature, with the ability to place multiple bookmarks, a “where am I?” button to find your location in the book,
I can also find out information about the book – how many pages it has, how long it is, and how long I may have to go before the end of the book – it may be the difference between going to sleep now, or listening to the climax.
All functions of the player are self voicing.
A DAISY player is also a fully accessible CD player. It will also play music CD’s and commercial audio books on CD. While it does not allow me to navigate around the book like a DAISY book, I can at least listen to it with all the features of a standard CD player.
The DAISY player remembers where it was previously stopped, whether it is a DAISY or not.
DAISY playback software has the same functionality as the portable player, with some additional functionality.
If the book contains text or pictures, this is displayed on the screen. This is very useful for people with some sight, who are able to follow the text in large print, while listening to the audio. It also allows advanced word searching.
DTB’s produced to the DAISY standard are independent of the distribution medium and fits current as well as future distribution models, whether that be CD, flash memory or even the internet. More importantly, as technology advances and digital distribution methods evolve, these same books can be distributed via the newly developed media or system.
There are over 125,000 DAISY books now available wordwide, growing daily.
Some of the major English speaking organisations that have adopted DAISY include: CNIB, RNIB, RNZFB, RFB&D, the Library of Congress in the US, and NILS.
Many non-English speaking organisations in our community have adopted DAISY including Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Japan, Spain, and many others throughout Europe and Asia.
Associated with the development of DAISY are some major commercial enterprises including: Microsoft, Telex, Visuaide, Plextor, Dolphin, Duxbury and many others.
Costs of DAISY players are falling, and there is now a range of players to suit every user.
About the DAISY Consortium
The DAISY Consortium was formed in May, 1996 by leading talking book libraries to begin the worldwide transition from analog to Digital Talking Books.
The Consortium’s vision is that all published information be available to people with print disabilities, “at the same time and at no greater cost, in an accessible, feature-rich, navigable format.”
There are more than 70 members and friends of the DAISY Consortium.
The first DAISY standard was proprietary, originating in 1994. The idea was to use digital recording and introduce some document structuring that would allow easy navigation by the user. In its short history, the DAISY specification has evolved considerably.
In 1997, the DAISY Consortium decided to adopt open standards based on file formats being developed for the Internet (HTML, SMIL, etc). The DAISY 2.0 specification was released in 1998, and the 2.02 specification 2001. DAISY 3, the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 standard was made official in 2002, and production tools for this new standard are being developed now.
A DAISY book contains a set of digital files that includes:
• One or more digital audio (WAV) files containing a human narration of part or all of the source text.
• A marked-up (HTML/XML) file containing some or all of the text.
• A synchronization (SMIL) file to relate places in the text file with corresponding time points in the audio file, and
• A navigation control (NCC) file that enables the user to move smoothly around the book while synchronization between text and audio is maintained.
The DAISY standard allows the producer full flexibility regarding the mix of text and audio ranging from audio-only, to full text and audio, to text-only.
DAISY is a better way to read books.
Please contact NILS or visit the DAISY Web site for more information: www.daisy.org