I found 2 new iPhone apps I'd like to share. Both support the Daisy format. There are actually a bunch of Daisy compatible reading apps, but these 2 were recently announced so I thought I'd start with them.
So what's Daisy? In brief, it's the name of the standard ebook format for the visually impaired (and the organization that supports it). One thing that sets it apart from other ebook formats is that this one covers audiobooks as well as text files (used with TTS).
The first is DaisyWorm, which you can buy for $4.99 in iTunes:
The Association for the Blind of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology have announced the availability of DaisyWorm, a DAISY reader application for the Apple iPhone supporting DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 formats. DaisyWorm will play non-protected full audio and full text/full audio DAISY books on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This includes books from the talking book library of the Association for the Blind of Western Australia, the Vision Australia library, and other talking book libraries including CNIB in Canada, RNIB in the United Kingdom, RNZFB in New Zealand and TPB in Sweden. At this time DaisyWorm is unable to play digital talking books from the U.S. National Library Service or Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in the United States. Future free upgrades will include user bookmarks, playback speed control and support for DAISY text only books. More information can be found on the iTunes Store.
Levelware InDaisy Reader is an e-book reader on iPhone OS that supports playback of multimedia talking DAISY e-books. Currently, InDaisy Reader can play all unencrypted e-books that complies with DAISY 2.02 standard.
P.S. When I started this blog I planned to cover all forms of reading. I hadn't covered Daisy before because I didn't have a news source. I found a couple this past weekend so you'll see more posts like this in the future.