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Darwin Reader


Darwin Reader is the first accessible Android book reader designed specifically for blind, low vision, and print disabled users. The app fully supports DAISY formatted audio and text books, and directly integrates with Benetech Bookshare and Librivox to make downloading books amazingly simple.

Read books using your preferred interface. For blind and low vision users, the app is completely navigable with the arrow keys. All menus are fully vocalized. Users with dyslexia and other print disabilities can quickly navigate by tapping the stylized graphics on the screen.

During playback, choose between two modes of operation. In the "Eyes-Free" mode, simply swipe your finger across the screen to easily move between sentences and sections. In the graphical mode, all menus are vocalized and include large, graphical elements.

Complete DAISY Support

DAISY is the standard for e-books for blind and print-disabled readers. Navigation with DAISY is easy! You can quickly jump to a specific chapter, book section, or page. Darwin Reader fully supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3.0 formats to read full-text, full-audio, and combined book formats. Just drop your books onto your Android device's SD card and start reading!

Customizable

Darwin Reader presents numerous options to tailor the application to your specific needs. Change the font and background color, text size, font spacing, voice speed, punctuation speech, and much more.

Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

As the book is read to you, the text is highlighted in a large, colored font. Quickly skip to the next paragraph, sentence, or even a single word. Once you've selected a word, you can find out all about it from Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.org.

Quick Book Search

Explore the vast BookShare library directly on your phone. Use your voice to search for a particular book, or navigate through the many genres.

Instant Downloads

Download books directly to your phone or tablet. You can transfer your DAISY books to your player from your computer, or you can download books directly from within the app by connecting to the Bookshare library. Direct integrations with other content providers are on the road map.

Periodicals

Subscribe to your favorite newspapers from BookShare and keep up to date on the latest news and events!

Recent changes:
version 1.40:
Fixed encoding issue that caused some imports to fail

version 1.38:
Fixes Librivox compatibility

version 1.37:
- Fixed Bookshare download issues that appeared on a small number of devices

version 1.35:
- Added a preference to allow you to set the location of your library on the SD card. This helps on some devices where Android does not respond with the correct external storage location.
- Moved some navigation icons to the settings menu to be easier to use with screen readers.
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$14.95
62
3.1
User ratings
18
Installs
500+
Concerns
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File size
1064 kb
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About Darwin Reader
Darwin Reader is the first accessible Android book reader designed specifically for blind, low vision, and print disabled users. The app fully supports DAISY formatted audio and text books, and directly integrates with Benetech Bookshare and Librivox to make downloading books amazingly simple.

Read books using your preferred interface. For blind and low vision users, the app is completely navigable with the arrow keys. All menus are fully vocalized. Users with dyslexia and other print disabilities can quickly navigate by tapping the stylized graphics on the screen.

During playback, choose between two modes of operation. In the "Eyes-Free" mode, simply swipe your finger across the screen to easily move between sentences and sections. In the graphical mode, all menus are vocalized and include large, graphical elements.

Complete DAISY Support

DAISY is the standard for e-books for blind and print-disabled readers. Navigation with DAISY is easy! You can quickly jump to a specific chapter, book section, or page. Darwin Reader fully supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3.0 formats to read full-text, full-audio, and combined book formats. Just drop your books onto your Android device's SD card and start reading!

Customizable

Darwin Reader presents numerous options to tailor the application to your specific needs. Change the font and background color, text size, font spacing, voice speed, punctuation speech, and much more.

Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

As the book is read to you, the text is highlighted in a large, colored font. Quickly skip to the next paragraph, sentence, or even a single word. Once you've selected a word, you can find out all about it from Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.org.

Quick Book Search

Explore the vast BookShare library directly on your phone. Use your voice to search for a particular book, or navigate through the many genres.

Instant Downloads

Download books directly to your phone or tablet. You can transfer your DAISY books to your player from your computer, or you can download books directly from within the app by connecting to the Bookshare library. Direct integrations with other content providers are on the road map.

Periodicals

Subscribe to your favorite newspapers from BookShare and keep up to date on the latest news and events!

Recent changes:
version 1.40:
Fixed encoding issue that caused some imports to fail

version 1.38:
Fixes Librivox compatibility

version 1.37:
- Fixed Bookshare download issues that appeared on a small number of devices

version 1.35:
- Added a preference to allow you to set the location of your library on the SD card. This helps on some devices where Android does not respond with the correct external storage location.
- Moved some navigation icons to the settings menu to be easier to use with screen readers.

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A Google User
Jun 10, 2013
Awesome App! Super easy to use and worth the money! Thanks for making it! Keep up the good work!
A Google User
May 15, 2013
Great on the Nexus 7 Fantastic app for my Bookshares students on a Nexus 7, but for some weird reason, the navigation is all fou led up on the Galaxy Nexus. Works perfectly, though, on my Galaxy S3.
A Google User
Feb 27, 2013
Great on the Nexus 7 Fantastic app for my Bookshares students on a Nexus 7, but for some weird reason, the navigation is all fowled up on the Galaxy Nexus. Works perfectly, though, on my Galaxy S3.
A Google User
Dec 3, 2012
Frustrated With Darwin Well a few days ago I downloaded the free trial on to my Nexus 7 and it worked great...so I purchased the full version of it. Well now that I bought it, it will not download any books! I have emailed the situation directly to these guys, but they can't seem to figure out why it won't work either...this really sucks cause we need this or goread for our bookshare books! Neither one of the apps works right. Darwin Reader will not download books and the goread with not read the books out loud. Very upset since this is how my Dyslexic son reads to help with homework!!! The only working "tablet" that seems to work properly is his ipod touch and it has a cracked screen, so great! UGH...
A Google User
Nov 2, 2012
Poor! no audio speed control I don't know a blind person that doesn't speed up their audio, a must have for any serious daisy audio user.