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WYNN Tip: Reading DAISY Files from Bookshare.org in WYNN

There are three parts to reading a DAISY book provided by Bookshare.org: Downloading and saving the book to your computer, opening the book, and reading the book.  These steps are detailed below.  For reference, the Bookshare.org Web site is http://www.bookshare.org
Note:
To read DAISY files, you must have WYNN version 5 or later.

Downloading and Saving the Bookshare.org DAISY Book to Your Computer

You must be a Bookshare.org member to download copyrighted books on their site (books not in copyright can be downloaded by anyone). Information about membership can be found at Bookshare.org on the Membership Overview page.

  1. Log into your Bookshare.org account (if requesting copyrighted books).
  2. Find the book you want. You can do this using WYNN's Web browsing capabilities.
  3. Click on the link to download the DAISY format. This link is usually listed as "DAISY" or "DAISY Digital Talking Book Format."
  4. Save the book to the \Docs folder in your WYNN user files area. This location is usually C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\WYNN\YourName\Docs, where "YourName" is your WYNN user account name. The book is saved in zip format, which uses the .zip extension.
  5. Once you have saved the book, you must unzip it using the unzip function that comes on Windows computers.  Note: This step must be done outside WYNN.  Navigate to the file that you saved, and then double-click the file.  This launches the unzip utility. You will need to provide your Bookshare.org password before you can unzip the book.

Opening the Book in WYNN

Once you have downloaded and unzipped a Bookshare.org book, you can open it and read it in WYNN. There are two ways to open the book depending on when the Bookshare.org DAISY book was created. Try the first method, and if it does not work, try the second method. One of these will always work.

Method One:

  1. Choose Open from the File menu, navigate to the folder where you saved your DAISY book files, and then select "DAISY/NIMAS (*.opf)" from the "Files of type" list box.
  2. Next, select a book title and choose Open. WYNN displays and reads the text for you.  This method works with DAISY books that have been saved and formatted in a certain way.  It is easiest because it only displays the valid DAISY books.

Method Two:

  1. Choose Open from the File menu, navigate to the folder where you saved your DAISY book files, and then select "All Files (*.*)" from the "Files of type" list box.
  2. Next, select a book with an extension of .xml and choose Open.  WYNN displays and reads the text for you.  This method works with all DAISY books, no matter how they were saved and formatted.  However, because this method displays all the files in the location, you have to be sure to choose only files with the extension .xml.

Reading the DAISY Book in WYNN

WYNN displays DAISY books in Text View, so that you can use all of WYNN's visual tailoring capabilities during reading. WYNN maintains the page breaks and page numbers.

  1. Read the book using WYNN's Read button.
  2. Navigate to a specific page using the Go To Page feature. The shortcut command is CTRL+G, which opens the Go To Page dialog box, where you type in the page you want and press ENTER.
  3. Change the appearance of the book using WYNN's green toolbar buttons.
  4. Use the study tools on WYNN's pink toolbar, including the dictionary, highlighter, and notes features.
  5. If an HTML version of the book is available, you can open and display it in WYNN's Web browser.  Do this by choosing Open from the File menu, and then selecting "HTML Web Files (*.html)" from the "Files of type" list box.  Note: The HTML file will display the entire book as one large Web page.

DAISY is the international digital talking book standard, which provides the capability to distribute books digitally.  NIMAS is a national standard by which publishers are required to provide textbook files. DAISY is a continuously evolving standard. Since NIMAS is based on DAISY, it also evolves. More information about DAISY is available at the DAISY Consortium at http://www.daisy.org/. More information about NIMAS is available at CAST, at http://nimas.cast.org/. 

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