Friday, September 4, 2009

Open Up a World of Digital Books and Music with Portable MP3, Book and Text-to-Speech Players for the Blind

Maxi-Aids is kicking off Labor Day Weekend by encouraging anyone who has not yet ventured into the realm of MP3 players and audio books, and especially the blind, to explore the amazing developments that have opened up the world of digital audio over the past number of years.

A number of digital units are now available that feature various combinations of features including MP3 players, DAISY and digital book readers, digital recorders, and even text-to-speech playback of stored text files, including Word documents. SD memory cards offer huge amounts of memory that had simply been unavailable previously and USB connections allow for easy downloading of files from your computer.

Plus, all this functionality is packaged in compact, lightweight units that are easy to take with you almost anywhere. Players in this category are designed with few controls and simple layouts to make them accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Four units are currently being highlighted at

1. Tomboy is a powerful DAISY and MP3 player, text-to-speech document player, voice recorder, radio and electronic calendar – all in one. This is a brand new unit that will be available soon and is currently priced at $349.00 (subject to change.)

2. PLEXTALK Pocket is a Portable Daisy/MP3 Player and Voice Recorder that is priced at $359.00

3. VictorReader Stream is a DAISY-MP3-NISO Player that is compatible with NLS digital books. It sells for $344.95

4. Book Courier, which features an MP3 player and voice recorder along with a built-in alarm, sleep timer, clock, calendar and adjustable reading speed. The cost is $379.00.

Please click on the product names above to view full features and specifications for that unit. Visit to see more products for the blind, visually impaired and low vision.

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