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alex at lava-net.com alex at lava-net.com
Mon Jul 3 13:55:31 CDT 2006

There's the Daisy spec for making audiobooks more easily readable.  It 
allows navigation by page/chapter/section/paragraph (depending on the 
book).  Definitely makes audiobooks a lot easier to read, though I 
have yet to see authoring software that's free/opensource to convert 
existing books.
On Mon, Jul 03, 2006 at 01:33:40PM -0400, velociraptor 
> On 7/3/06, Don Y <dgy at dakotacom.net> wrote:
> > velociraptor wrote:
> > > On 7/1/06, Don Y <dgy at dakotacom.net> wrote:
> > >> Has anyone had any experience with *audio* books?  It seems
> > >> like that would be an even tougher "adjustment"...?
> > >
> > > I prefer them to music for driving as they seem to keep me more alert.
> > > However, anything that requires my verbal attention makes it
> > > impossible for me to listen to them, so I can't "multitask" by
> > > listening to audiobooks at work the way some people apparently can.
> > >
> > > As far as enjoyment, the big factor for me is the audiobook reader.
> >
> > "Reader" as in "person who reads" (not *mechanism* that reads)
> Yeah, I'd call the mechanism that you put the media into the "player".
>  I guess my key interest in the "reader" is for the person to at least
> sound interested and engaged in reading the work.
> > > Key, if you are converting them for use on an mp3 player, is to either
> > > split up the tracks so it's easy to find your place, or make sure your
> > > mp3 player can "bookmark" the mp3s.
> >
> > So, you only read them "unidirectionally"?  I.e. "backing up"
> > isn't readily supported (except as it would be with a tape
> > recording, etc.)?
> Well, sure, you can "back up" in an mp3, but you aren't going to get
> any audio cues while you are doing that like you might with some types
> of tape.  Most mp3 players (as well as CD players) have FF/RW buttons.
> > Obviously ineffective for *references*...
> I'm not sure how textbook/journal readers deal with these types of
> references in books for the blind.  There are probably guidelines out
> there on the web.  The only course I've ever listened to was intended
> to be used with the written materials to "follow along", and it didn't
> have references.
> Libraries are good sources for audiobooks so you can try out the
> notion without spending $$ on something you aren't sure you will like.
>  Format will depend on the library's aquisition policies.
> =Nadine=
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