[bct] Re: Daisy Reader Roundup Review

  • From: "Sean Randall" <sean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 12:00:17 +0100

Daisy is used in the UK by several organisations.

Most notably, The RNIB have a Talking book service - analogous to NLS in that most of the time they produce their own content.
They do have a subscription fee (as they are not a government funded organisation), but it's reasonable for the stuff you get, and equates to about £4 a month, I believe? somewhere in the region of $8.

The reason I bring this all up is that they give out content on daisy cd. And they also provide - on lone - hardware daisy players, generally the victor line.

I've always been somewhat confused about daisy.
I always thought it was a medium to unite accessibility - mp3 and text in one gestalt whole.
Of course the problem with this theory is that my hardware player only plays audio.

So the only reason I use these books on daisy cd is that It'd be pointless to convert them to another format.

I like the player - because it can adjust speed and tone, is fairly portable and can play mp3, daisy, audio cds and even some flavours of ogg - but the only thing daisy affords me over a bog-standard data disk with a bunch of mp3 files is the ability to hear the title with one keypress, and to navigate by phrase (fairly redundant when you have fast-forward and rewind).

I must say I wish I had a way to play books faster - like the way the victor does it - in software, it'd make audiobooks a lot easier to read on my laptop.

So that's my bit...

Sean R.
IBM: I'd Buy Macintosh
Email: sean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

web: http://www.randyLaptop.com

----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Matzura" <number6@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 1:47 AM
Subject: [bct] Daisy Reader Roundup Review

There are now count 'em, three DAISY readers on the market--that I know of: The Victor Readers, the one Freedom Scientific is now bundling with JAWS to read their stuff with, which, oh by the way in case ya didn't know, now comes with a new version and license to read not only FS-format DAISY docs, but everyone else's too, and now I'm reading all about APH's Book Wizard.

Truth is, I'm not a DAISY user, nor would I be likely to be over the
next few years, unless NLS hurries up and does their conversion thing.

Never before have I seen or heard of a choice of readers before I've
ever even seen some media!

So, a crying need has presented itself:  We need a
compare-and-contrast DAISY reader roundup review.  Make it a podcast,
make it an ACB Radio Main Menu article/contribution, butmake it!  It's
clear I'm going to have to plunk down my hard-earned dollars for one
of these puppies sooner or later, probably sooner, and I haven't the
firstest foggiest notion of how to pick and choose.  Do I have a
Braille display?  Yes, but it's anything but portable.  Do I use
speech? Yes, all over the place. Do I use large print, either in
hardcopy or on the screen?  No.  Will I ever?  No.  Others' needs may
not be the same as mine, and I think it's high time somebody took this
on who knows something about what's out there, how it works, how it is
to use, etc., everything you'd want to cover in such a report.  And I
also suspect there's people on this list who can do this topic great
justice, even if done in parts (one person reviews one device, one
person puts the whole thing together and narrates and possibly
summarizes at the end).

So what do you all think?  I'll help put it together if people want to
volunteer to do the parts.

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