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The Evolving World of Digital Audio Books and Players South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo March 15, 2011 Presenters: Lee Speer, Clay Jeffcoat, and Marty McKenzie, SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
Objectives Identify a variety of digital book players for people with visual impairments and learning styles. Identify sources for obtaining digital books and players. Update on new digital audio book players and refinements to existing players that benefit readers of all ages.
Digital Audio books There are a variety of audio book styles: Plain text Text with markup Plain audio Audio with markup Audio, text and markup.
Available formats mp3 wav ogg wma xml Daisy (Digital Assessable Information Sys)
Free Digital Books Project Gutenburg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page Loud Lit http://www.loudlit.org/ Librivox http://librivox.org/ Check your local library
Membership required Audio Books RFBD: http://www.rfbd.org/http://www.rfbd.org/ Bookshare: http://www.bookshare.org/http://www.bookshare.org/ NLS: http://www.loc.gov/nls/http://www.loc.gov/nls/ Audible: http://www.audible.com/http://www.audible.com/
Obtaining Digital Books Each source has it’s own procedure for downloading. All files are large. Audio files are very large. Files are packaged and must be “unpackaged” prior to use.
Unpacking and Moving Files RFBD download manager Humanware companion WinZip Windows Explorer
UAK Playing RFB&D or NLS audiobooks. Must have an User Authorization Key (UAK).
Examples of Hardware players Victor Reader Stream
Hardware (con’t) Victor Reader Classic
Hardware (con’t.) Bookport Plus
Hardware (con’t.) NLS Digital Talking Book Player
Hardware (con’t.) Braille Plus Mobile Manager
Examples of Software players Victor Reader Soft "RFB&D Audio" App
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