Formats

Bookshare® provides a variety of formats that allow you to read how you want.  You can listen with high quality text-to-speech voices, see text and hear words being read at the same time, or read in Braille. 

 

Which book format should you use?  DAISY Text is Bookshare's main format and is used with our free reading tools. In addition, we provide other great formats that will allow you to read how you want, or with different types of reading tools.  Start by deciding how you want to read:

 

See and hear words read aloud

DAISY Text 

  • See words on the screen and hear words being read aloud
  • Use with Bookshare’s free reading tools and other DAISY 3.0 compatible tools
  • Advanced navigation by page, chapter, section and more

 

More details

  • Voicing is provided by the text-to-speech engine in your reading tool
  • Advanced features like word-level highlighting, bookmarking, notetaking may be available with certain reading tools
  • Some books have images that you can download with the DAISY Text with Images option
  • Can also be used in Audio-only and braille reading modes

 

Listen to books with audio only

DAISY Audio

 

More details

  • Voicing is provided by the high quality Kendra voice from Ivona, not your reading tool
  • Some reading tools with screens may allow you to show text, but you will not have advanced features like word-level highlighting

 
DAISY Text

  • Listen with the text-to-speech voice installed on your reading tool
  • Read with a DAISY 3.0 compatible reading tool
  • Advanced navigation by page, chapter, section and more

 
MP3

  • Listen to books with the built-in, high quality Kendra voice from Ivona
  • Listen with any MP3 player
  • Navigate by forwarding through tracks 

 

Read in braille

BRF (Braille Ready Format)

 
DAISY Text

 

Embossed Braille

  • Use Bookshare’s DAISY Text or BRF formats to generate embossed braille, learn more
  • If you wish to order a Bookshare book in embossed braille, you can make an order with our partner, TechAdapt Inc., learn more