DAISY Software Reading Options

The following list may serve as a starting point when researching digital audio reading software. For more information, see the combined list of hardware and software approved by Daisy Consortium.

CAST AspireREADER™

Cost: $229

Supporting RTF, HTML, DAISY3, NIMAS and DAISY 2.02 files, the newly released AspireREADER™ 4.0 helps struggling students improve reading and learning outcomes by providing access to digital talking books, Web pages, and word processing through synchronized visual, auditory, and tracking feature functions.

The new AspireREADER™ 4.0 is an enhanced version of the CAST eReader 3.0 that helps struggling students improve reading and learning outcomes by providing access to digital talking books, webpages, and word processing through synchronized visual, auditory, and tracking feature functions.

Developed and marketed by Aequus Technologies in partnership with CAST, AspireREADER™ 4.0 is available for Windows only. (The Macintosh version is under development.) For more information, please visit www.aequustechnologies.com.

EaseReader

Cost: aprox. $53.00

EaseReader is similar to an onscreen media player, with clickable buttons for commands. Looks similar to a media player, Provides flexible voice settings for speed and pitch; Includes SAPI 4.0, and brand new SAPI 5.0, and ATT Natural Voices™ The Macintosh® version only uses SAPI 4.0 voices and does not read the Internet or DAISY 2.02 documents.with clickable buttons, hot keys or tabbing between keys. Resizeable playback window.

Bookmarks: Unlimited

eClipseReader

Cost: $99.95

eClipseReader is perfect for home use or classroom reading labs that have multiple student users. Ideal for students at the middle school level and up, eClipseReader has a Windows-like environment, with dropdown menus, self-voicing keyboard commands and brightly colored expandable toolbars. Resizeable playback window.

Bookmarks: Unlimited

gh Player

Cost: $149.99

The gh PLAYER™ 2.0 offers support for DAISY3 / NISO books as well as DAISY 2.02 audio books. Read TXT files created from a variety of OCR scanning and text editing software. Export a TXT file as a DAISY3 Digital Talking Book. Use the My Library feature to locate files on your computer and store them in a centralized location. Provides a variety of navigation modes. Transition by page, section, segment, word, or even 5 different increments of time for audio books.  Notetaking gives you the opportunity to add notes to any page and have them voiced back to you.  Select from 6 different text-to-speech voices and assign them independently to the player and the narrator.  Choose from 6 preset colors or customize your own for the background, font color, and highlighting to increase the ease of reading. Use zoom feature to digitally zoom in and out of text from 1x to 16x magnification. Supports PowerBraille 80, PowerBraille 65, and Braille Star 80).  Can properly render the math and science.

TPB Reader

Cost: FREE

TPB Reader is a Daisy 2.0 and Daisy 2.02 compliant talking book player for Windows designed to be easy to learn even by those with no computer experience. The product is from Sweden.  Even though it is a easy-to-use software it should be powerful enough to satisfy those who have used similar programs before.

Victor Reader Soft

Cost: $79.00

Victor Reader Soft is an intuitive software package, good for classroom or home use for students at the middle school level and up. Victor Reader Soft is ideal for those who are familiar with the Victor hardware CD players because it provides the same reading experience in a software format. Environment: Dropdown menu, split screen view. Screen layout with simple hot-key commands for navigation and control.

Bookmarks: Unlimited.