The DAISY Specification offers a flexible and navigable reading experience for people who are blind or print disabled. DAISY 3 is a NISO Standard for digital talking books (DTB), which offers print-disabled users a significantly enhanced reading experience much closer to that of the sighted reader using a print book.
How is a DTB different from an audiobook?
DTBs go far beyond the limits imposed on traditional audiobooks because they include the audio rendition of the work and the full textual content and images. That is, the textual content file is synchronised with the audio file.
Readers can use DTBs in a variety of ways:
- Listening to most of the book, but inspecting the images to get information not available in the narrative flow.
- Skipping the audio presentation altogether, and instead viewing the text file via screen-enlarging software.
- Reading some or all the document via a refreshable braille display device connected to their DTB player and accessing the textual content file.
DTBs are not tied to a single distribution medium; they are portable to any digital distribution medium capable of handling the large files associated with digital audio recordings.
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