DAISY books provide spoken word audio that is connected to text. This is the
new world standard for blind users. If you have a Windows computer and need a
way to read DAISY books, you should try the free software "AMIS",
which is pronounced "ah-me". It is French for "friend", and
you will certainly find AMIS to be your friend once you begin using it and
finding out how easy it is to navigate through sections of books, finding just
what you want. AMIS is self-voicing, but the installation file does include
scripts for both the JAWS and Window-Eyes screenreaders.
How to get started:
- AMIS is a free of charge, open source DAISY book playback software. DAISY books are used by our Handiham members who are blind or have a reading disability.
- Check the AMIS website for the latest stable release of AMIS. You can view the release notes, learn the latest news, or download AMIS by visiting
- Handiham members can log in to the Members Only section, go to the Handiham Daisy Book Collection, and in the DAISY
directory find the book of interest to them.
- For example, go to the DAISY directory, locate the file
"2011-2015_General_pool_by_N1BLF.zip" and download it. This is the
entire General Class question pool with only the correct answers, read by
Handiham volunteer Bob Zeida, N1BLF.
- A zip file is a single compressed file that contains many individual
files. It is usually very large and provides the simplest way for users of
DAISY books to download the entire book as a single file.
- Once downloaded, the zip file must be "unzipped", a process that
recreates the original DAISY book in a single computer folder. New versions
of Windows do this right through Windows Explorer, but older versions may
require unzipping software.
- When you have the DAISY book recreated in its folder, it is time to use
AMIS to open the book. The file you want AMIS to open is called ncc.html. All the files from the folder must be in the same folder for AMIS to read the book.
As you are just getting to know AMIS, it is best to place the book file
folder on your Windows Desktop so that you can locate the folder easily. The
command CTRL-O brings up the AMIS open file dialog.
- After that, AMIS is pretty intuitive. Play around with it and you will be
delighted with how easy it is to use.