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Old 10-18-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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DAISY files on Kindle?

Does anybody know if you can view ebooks in DAISY format on the kindle to work with the text to speech function?
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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No, you would have to convert it to Kindle format. Then you could use the TTS feature.
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Amazon don't list it as a supported format. It says that DAISY is just XML but I'm unsure whether the Amazon HTML reader will like the extra tags that DAISY would have. The TTS function should work for any generic text file format. The flags that disable TTS support are only in AZW I believe...

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
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HTML can be expressed as XML, but it is not the same. A tag like "<paragraph>" is not legal HTML, but can be legal XML. The HTML version is "<p>". HTML supports a specific set of tags.
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HTML can be expressed as XML, but it is not the same. A tag like "<paragraph>" is not legal HTML, but can be legal XML. The HTML version is "<p>". HTML supports a specific set of tags.
Yup. I know. I'm unsure what the HTML reader in the Kindle would do with those tags. It might ignore them all and just show you the text or it might just not show you anything. I don't have a DAISY file to look at.

rtwood's best bet is to find something which can convert the files into something the Kindle can support.

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:57 PM   #6
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convert DAISY to kindle-friendly file format

Thanks all for the replies. Does anyone know of a good way to convert DAISY files to a Kindle friendly format? I work in schools with students who have reading difficulties and I am just trying to explore ways to use text to speech to help them access textbooks, novels, etc. We can get free books in DAISY format from www.bookshare.org for our students and would love to be able to use a light weight, economical, and "cool" device like the kindle 3 with these students.
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Daisy Format-Kindle

I too am looking to find a way to use Daisy software through bookshare.org on a Kindle. I am also a special education teacher looking to help with the text to speech feature. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #8
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The best way I've found to convert DAISY files to Kindle format is a 2 step process:

1) You have to use a computer program that will convert DAISY files to EPUB format. Don Johnston makes a product cleverly named "DAISY to EPUB" for about $100.
2) Then you have to take the EPUB formatted file and convert it to MOBI format, which the KIndle supports. I have found a free tool called "Calibre" that will do just that.

You can then load the MOBI formatted book on the Kindle and read it that way. It's kind of a pain, but the only way I know how to do it.
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