Kota DAISY Reader Getting Started Guide

Original Author(s): Prashant Ranjan Verma

Kota Daisy Reader is a free DAISY book player for the Android platform. It can play audio only, text only or full audio and text books with native audio or synthesized voice in DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3.0 formats.

Kota DAISY Reader is available free of cost on Google Play app store


  • Manage books as a library with categories. Visually impaired users can find a book more quickly.
  • Allows easy navigation of book content.
  • Users can select a text-to-speech (TTS) voice for each supported language.
  • After pausing playback and exiting the application, users can resume playing that book later.
  • A timer (5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.)
  • Page navigation, bookmarking and text search.
  • Customize display options such as text size, colour, background colour, highlight colour, line spacing, etc. Fully accessible with a screen reader.
  • Supports Android 4.1 and beyond.
  • Support for SD cards.
  • Auto pause/resume for incoming/outgoing calls.
  • Support for playback widget on notification areas and locked screens.
  • Supports books in ZIP files
  • Kota Daisy Reader can be used by everyone including persons with low vision, blindness or any other print disability.

Instructions for use

  • After installing and opening the Kota DAISY Reader on your Android device, tap on the "More options" button in the top right corner to open the drop down menu
  • Tap on "Add books" and then under "Device type" select the internal or external storage where the DAISY book has been copied or downloaded.
  • Kota DAISY Reader will now display all the directories and files in the selected storage. Browse to the location of the DAISY book and select the ncc.html or the OPF file or the XIP file.
  • You will be prompted to choose an existing category or create a new category for easier listing of the books.
  • Tap on the "Back button" to return to the Bookshelf view and now select the book to read. Note that this screen will show the book categories. The default category is "New books" and categories created by you will also be listed here. Tap on the category name to see books listed inside it.
  • When a book is opened for reading, "Play/Pause", "Previous sentence" and "Next sentence" buttons appear near the bottom of the screen. There is a menu button on top right which when tapped opens a drop down menu which provides access to "Options", "Sleep timer" and "Book information".
  • The table of contents can be accessed by tapping on "Content filter" at the top of the screen."

Kota DAISY Reader performs well with the Talkback screen reader and Magnifier. All controls are properly labelled and accessible with touch gestures or keyboard.

See also

This page was last edited by PVerma on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 22:21
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