When most people hear the word DAISY, they think of flowers. At CNIB Library, we think of our popular format of audio books and magazines! We're often asked what DAISY books are and why we produce books in this format. I'll answer those questions here and give you a peek at what's next for DAISY books at the CNIB Library.
DAISY is a digital book format designed for people who can't read print because of a visual, physical or learning disability. DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information System, and it's used around the world. But what's really special about DAISY is what it does!
DAISY lets you read an audio book in many of the same ways as a print book. You can skip from page to page or chapter to chapter, use bookmarks and the index, depending on how the book is designed. The ability to easily move around in an audio book is especially useful for things like cookbooks. With DAISY books you don't have to read through the appetizer and main course sections -- you can skip straight to the desserts!
DAISY books have some other advantages too. Almost all books fit on one CD so you don't have to juggle several CDs. DAISY CD players and software also remember your place in the book so you don't have to fast forward and rewind to pick up where you left off.
At the moment, our DAISY audio books are on CD and we mail them to readers, but DAISY books don't have to be on CDs. In the next year, CNIB plans to make DAISY books available to download. We're excited that readers will be able to read DAISY audio books more quickly and conveniently.
Have you ever read a DAISY book? What do you think of this way of reading?