FSReader Desktop

What is FSReader?

FSReader allows users to easily read digital talking books and e-books produced in the Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) format on a desktop or laptop computer. Readers can navigate to sections of a book by browsing headings or flipping pages, can set multiple bookmarks, and can resume reading where they left off when a book is reopened. In books that contain audio narration, users can fast forward, rewind, and even adjust the speed of the narrated audio.

Visit the FSReader for PAC Mate page to download FSReader for PAC Mate.

FSReader and RFB&D Talking Books

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D) is a national non-profit organization that provides digital talking books, including a wide range of educational textbooks, to students and other individuals who are visually impaired or have other reading disabilities. The RFB&D library contains more than 30,000 digital titles ranging from math and science books to literary classics, from kindergarten level through graduate school. Since material is only available to qualifying members, RFB&D AudioPlus® books are protected so they cannot play with just any DAISY player.

To access RFB&D’s AudioPlus books with FSReader, users will need a special User Authorization Key (UAK) available from RFB&D by calling 800-221-4792. PLEASE NOTE: RFB&D will only provide and support the UAK. Users must first have downloaded the FSReader software directly from Freedom Scientific.

What Does It Cost?

FSReader Desktop is included free of charge when you install JAWS 11 or later. If you do not have a JAWS license, you can download and install the JAWS demo software, and then run FSReader.