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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book Wizard Producer and Reader

Book Wizard Reader

Book Wizard Reader is software that lets you read Digital Talking Books. It's a comprehensive program that supports all Digital Talking Book formats, including DAISY 2 books (such as books available from Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) and DAISY 3 books (such as text-based books from The program also supports the new full-text, full-audio books in DAISY 3 format. If you are unfamiliar with the DAISY format and the advantages it offers, see examples at our web site, If you have a subscription to, you'll be impressed by the structured access to the daily newspapers and magazines they offer.

Requirements to Run

  • 300 MHz PC compatible computer running at least Windows 98 or Windows 2000 or later
  • 96 MB RAM
  • 20 MB disk space for software and an additional 700 MB for high quality speech
  • Internet Explorer 4.01 or later
  • Sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM drive
Two versions of Book Wizard Reader are available:

CD-ROM, includes high-quality synthetic speech:
Catalog Number: D-03531-00

Electronic Distribution, standard synthetic speech:
Catalog Number: D-03531-ED
Click this link to purchase Book Wizard Reader.

Book Wizard™ Producer

Book Wizard Producer

Create Your Own Digital Talking Books with Book Wizard Producer Software!

Book Wizard™ software is available from APH in two versions: Reader and Producer. Book Wizard Reader lets you read a wide variety of types of digital talking books as outlined in the specifications designed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Digital Audio Information System (DAISY) consortium.

Book Wizard Producer is a new version of Book Wizard that has a robust set of tools to quickly and easily record, edit, and master a DAISY/NISO 2002 Digital Talking Book. Producer is compatible with source input of either a narrator who reads directly into the program or an imported audio file created from another source.

  • Creates any of six kinds of DAISY books
  • Creates an audio book from text
  • Creates an entire book from multiple sound files with a single command
  • Verifies and validates the books it creates
  • Edits Digital Talking Books

Book Wizard requires the following minimum system:

  • 300 megahertz PC compatible computer running at least Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 or later, including Vista®
  • 96 megabytes RAM
  • 20 megabytes disk space for software
  • Internet Explorer® 5.5 or later
  • Sound card and speakers
  • CD-ROM drive
Book Wizard™ Producer (CD-ROM):
Catalog Number: D-03530-00

Book Wizard Producer (Electronic Distribution):
Catalog Number: D-03530-ED
Click this link to purchase Book Wizard Producer.

Download APH Software Demos:

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