Making books talk is no easy feat, but RNIB’s efforts would be wasted without the proper machinery to play the resulting recordings.
In the early years, talking book players were huge, mechanical things, loaded with up to eight gramophone records per novel. That seems archaic next to today’s compact DAISY players, but even those early inventions were years ahead of their time – and a lifeline for people who had experienced sight loss.
Machines have been instrumental in bringing books to blind people, while the evolution of our technology has long been at the forefront of audio innovation. Read on to see just how far we’ve come.