[AI] Can any one through light on victor reader?

vinod benjamin vinbenji at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 2 12:17:43 EST 2008


Sir
 Thank you very much for your information, it was
enlighting for me. Thank
you once again for throughing  light on the question.

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Subject: Re: [AI] Can any one through light on victor
reader?

HUMANWARE'S NEW VICTOR READER TALKING BOOK PLAYER
FOR NISO AND DAISY BOOKS
by Gerry Chevalier

(Editor's Note: Gerry Chevalier is HumanWare's Victor
Reader Product 
Manager.)

At the ACB convention in July 2007 HumanWare, the
world's leading supplier 
of the Victor Reader line of CD-based digital talking
book players, unveiled
its first flash-based portable talking book player,
the Victor Reader 
Stream. The Stream is the result of extensive research
in terms of design, 
usability,
and user testing. The Stream is designed to play NISO
Z39.86 books, DAISY 
books and MP3 books and music. NISO Z39.86 is the
format that will be used 
for
the new NLS digital talking books.

NLS is the National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped

which is transitioning its four-track cassette talking
book service to a new
digital service. At the July ACB convention NLS
announced that, beginning 
August 2007, it will expand its trial of download
digital talking books to 
include
all NLS patrons who are registered for NLS service by
their local library, 
who have a computer and high-speed Internet connection
to download the 
books,
and who also have an NLS-authorized digital book
player capable of playing 
the NISO books downloaded from the NLS server.

Only residents of the United States or American
citizens living abroad who 
are unable to read or use standard print materials as
a result of a 
temporary
or permanent visual or physical limitation may receive
NLS audio book 
services. Each individual must be certified first
before accessing the NLS 
audio
book services.

The new Victor Reader Stream will be able to play
downloaded NLS NISO books 
as soon as NLS authorizes the player to do so. NLS
NISO books are encrypted
and any digital player must be authorized by NLS with
a decryption code to 
play the NLS books. HumanWare has discussed the player
authorization process
with NLS. The development of the web form and NLS
operational procedures are

currently under way. As soon as NLS concludes this
process, Victor Reader
Stream users will be able to register for NLS download
book service through 
a simple web form on the NLS web site. Once the patron
is registered for NLS
download book service, HumanWare will be able to
supply him/her with the 
required software decryption code to install on the
Stream. The decryption 
code
will be sent from HumanWare through a simple e-mail
attachment.

NLS also announced that it will further expand its
digital service in 2008 
to begin sending digital recorded books on special
cartridges mailed to its 
members.
Included in the Stream package is a short USB cable to
allow the future book

cartridges to be connected to the Stream and copied to
the Stream's SD 
memory
card. For users who prefer to play the cartridge
directly on the player, 
HumanWare will sell an optional book cartridge holder
that will clip to the 
back
of the Stream. As with download books, the cartridge
books may only be 
played on an authorized Stream player equipped with
the decryption code.

As the newest member of the family of Victor Reader
digital talking book 
players, the Stream offers the same powerful and
simple to use user 
interface made
popular by the Victor Reader Classic+ and Wave players
used by thousands 
worldwide. Stream users will find the well known
four-arrow navigation keys 
of
the Classic+ and Wave allowing book navigation by
chapter and section 
without the need to memorize complex key combinations.
As well, the Stream's

telephone-style
keypad provides advanced book navigation functions
such as entering 
bookmarks, or jumping directly to a specified page or
heading. The Stream 
also has
the popular Key Describer feature of other Victor
Readers, allowing you to 
press a key anytime to announce its function.

The Stream is an ideal companion to the future NLS
player because it does 
everything the NLS player will do, but in a
pocket-size package. Once the 
player
is authorized, not only will you be able to play and
navigate the NLS books 
on cartridges but you will also have access to the NLS
download books. The
Stream has a USB port to connect to your computer so
you can transfer 
downloaded books from your PC to the Stream's SD flash
memory card.

In addition to the ability to read NLS books, Stream
will also play recorded

DAISY 2.02 books from other DAISY producers, including
RFB&D. However, every
day more and more books and content are becoming
available in non-recorded 
electronic text formats. Stream also has built-in
computer text-to-speech to
listen to the text portion of full text/full audio
books or the text-only 
books such as those from Bookshare. The built-in
speech also provides access
to text files transferred from your computer. Indeed,
the Stream combines 
the best features of the NLS player together with the
award-winning Victor 
Reader
CD and software players to make Stream the most
powerful NISO and DAISY 
player in the HumanWare family. As an advanced player
for recorded audio, 
e-text
NISO and DAISY, and plain computer text, Stream is
truly your complete 
solution in the palm of your hand for all your work,
school, or leisure 
reading
needs.

But what about MP3 books and music? As an MP3 player,
Stream will not only 
play your books and music but, using the built-in
text-to-speech, it will 
also
announce the book, album and track names. And rounding
out its versatile 
book reading capabilities, Stream will support the
popular commercial 
recorded
books from Audible.

Weighing in at only 6 ounces and measuring 4 < x 2 3/4
inches, this little 
player does it all. Consider a player that is not much
bigger than a pack of
cards that will have the ability to play NLS
downloaded books and book 
cartridges, but will also play RFB&D books, Bookshare
books, MP3 books, 
Audible
books, computer e-text, and MP3 music files.

Finally, the Victor Reader Stream also has a voice
recording capability for 
students and professionals who may want to record
audio notes, meetings, or
lectures. Recording is possible via a built-in
microphone or external 
microphone connection. For listening versatility, the
Stream will allow the 
user
to vary the playback speed and listen through
headphones or a small built-in

speaker.

The best news of all -- priced at only $329, the
Stream is your best buy for

a NISO and DAISY player offering so much performance
and functionality at 
such
a low price. And don't forget, all ACB members receive
a 5 percent discount.

Visit http://www.humanware.com for complete product
information and the 
opportunity
to be first in line to purchase your Stream, or call
toll-free, 
1-800-722-3393.

HumanWare is confident that you will find the Victor
Reader Stream is one of

the most exciting products introduced in recent years.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Suresh Sambandhan" <meetmesuresh21 at yahoo.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 8:06 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Can any one through light on victor
reader?


Hi Vinod,

I typed "victor reader" in google and got this
information for you.  For obtaining one license or
unit you have to pay $150.  for obtaining ten licenses
you need to pay $1250.  for further details please
type "victor reader" in google and use demo version
for 30 days then decide.

Thanks
Suresh
--- vinod benjamin <vinbenji at yahoo.com> wrote:

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> Dear list,
>
>    First of all I would like to wishall a happy new
> year.
>
>   I am doing my masters in public administration,I
> came to know about some thing called "victor
> reader",  to my knowledgethis will read the
> books, can any one tell me how it works?  is it
> useful for meto read books? What might be the cost
> of it in Indian rupees? is it affordable,is it
> available in India?And so on, I would be great full
> if some one through light on this, and also willit
> read only English or will it read any language.
>
>
>
> Weighting eagerly for your responses.
>
>
>
>  Thanking you
>
>
>
> Vinod Benjamin
>
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Suresh. S

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