Are there any free or inexpensive software Daisy readers? Need to know in fairly short order.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jamie Kelly" <>
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Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 6:43 AM
Subject: RE: Daisy Player

Don't forget daisy players also provide the important function with TTS also reading brf, docx and other formats.

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From: Pc-audio [] On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
Sent: Monday, 12 September 2016 7:41 PM
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Subject: Re: Daisy Player

I don’t think anyone suggesting that library’s won’t be around for a long time to come and as you say library’s play a very worthwhile part in our community, there’s no reason at all why we can’t have library’s running in parallel with other systems and obviously the more systems we have at our disposal then the more information is available which can only be a good thing.

On 12 Sep 2016, at 4:36 PM, André van Deventer <> wrote:

We must keep in mind that many people especially older folks who lose their sight later in life do not sometimes have good internet connections or have the knowledge to utilize online services. Also they may also have serious financial constraints caused by growing older. fFor those people the libraries publishing their audio content in daisy format will be a source for reading material for a long time yet.


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Andrea Sherry
Sent: 12 September 2016 12:05 AM
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Subject: Re: Daisy Player

Thanks for this information. This is exactly what I wanted to know.

On 11/09/2016 10:46 PM, Smiling? wrote:
This is simply just a list of Daisy players that RNIB put together that I thought may help whomever of you find informative. there are Desktop players, Portable players (which I've copied and pasted below) and Computer software players.

Buy a DAISY player from RNIB | RNIB | Supporting people with sight loss:
b ooks-service-talking-books/buy-daisy-player-rnib

Portable players

If you want to fit a large amount of audio content in your pocket the these small, lightweight players can be easily carried with you wherever you go. They all use SD cards for storage and you will generally need to use a computer in order to copy your content to the card. All portable DAISY players have these common features:
•play various audio file types - DAISY, MP3 and WAV •listen to text
files read out with the text-to-speech (T T S) software, with a
choice of male and female voices •microphone, speakers and headphone


The Milestone is the smallest and lightest DAISY player on the market. There are three different models but all feature the same simple layout with five buttons arranged in a cross with a button in the centre and a mode button on the top edge. These tactile keys and simple layout help ensure you hit the right button every time.

The Milestone 212 is primarily a book and music player and is one of the easiest to use portable players.

The Milestone 312 adds an FM radio, one gigabyte of internal memory, a clock, timer and alarm. You can also manage appointments and set reminders by adding Milestone Agenda software.

The Milestone 312 Pro adds Speakout which enables you to record voice labels for items around your home and office.

You can also use the Milestone to work out what colour something is with the optional Milestone Fame colour detector.

Plextalk Pocket (PTP)

Listen to web-based radio stations by using the built-in Wifi to connect to the internet. The Plextalk Pocket has a number key pad providing shortcuts to menu functions, bookmarks as well as arrow keys for navigation. The ability to record in DAISY format makes it perfect for education and work. You can add headings during a lecture so you can quickly and easily navigate the audio when revising. Available in two colours; black with white buttons and white with black buttons.

Plextalk Linio Pocket

The Plextalk Linio Pocket is very similar to the original Plextalk Pocket both in design and adds a calendar, alarm and 8GB of internal memroy.


The BookSense is compatible with the widest range of formats enabling you to listen to content from the widest selection of providers. The BookSense range all have FM radio and a dedicated time button. There are three models available - BookSense T50, BookSense T50XT and the BookSense DS.

The red BookSense T50 has a number key pad and arrow keys for navigation.

The white BookSense T50XT has the same key layout as the T50 but also has four gigabytes of internal memory and Bluetooth so you can listen to your music and books using wireless headphones.

The BookSense DS also has Bluetooth and four gigabytes of internal memory but also has a high quality OLED screen. Its number key pad has well defined, tactile buttons.

Blaze ET & EZ

New Victor Reader Stream

The Victor Reader Stream 2 is roughly the size of a pack of playing cards and is the largest of the portable players. Its number key pad has well defined and raised tactile buttons.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pc-audio [] On Behalf Of
Andrea Sherry
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 5:02 AM
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Subject: Daisy Player

Need a suggestion for a new player which is not the Victor Reader Stream.

Any suggestions?



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