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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic and HumanWare Announce Availability of New Victor Reader Stream CD Edition

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PRINCETON, NJ – Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D®), the nation’s largest provider of educational audio textbooks, announced that its members now have access to the new Victor Reader Stream CD Edition portable DAISY/MP3 player from HumanWare.

The new device combines HumanWare’s popular Victor Reader Stream with a special CD player accessory, enabling people who do not have a personal computer to easily transfer a DAISY-formatted audiobook from CD into a portable audio playback device – without the use of a computer. 

Many of our individual as well as educational institution members who receive their books on CD want to be able to transfer materials to a convenient portable player for access when they are on the go or outside the classroom,” says Mike Kurdziel, Chief Programs and Services Officer at RFB&D.  “The new Stream CD Edition bridges a gap between older and newer technology, providing members who don’t have computers the same access and ease of navigation that others enjoy with our downloadable content.”

The Stream CD Edition loads content from a CD into the portable device with one press of a button. It supports text to speech, can easily render audio for supplemental materials, and has the same full feature set of the standard Stream, enabling users to enjoy their DAISY CD materials, as well as other types of books and music, and even use the built-in voice recorder.  All documentation and tutorials are supplied on an SD card included with the unit; a short “Getting Started” audio book explains the steps and plays automatically when the device is powered on.

For users who already have a Victor Reader Stream device, the new CD player accessory is also available by itself for purchase directly from HumanWare. HumanWare cautions that only its CD player should be used, as other CD drives have been found not to be electrically compatible and can damage the Stream.

The Stream CD Edition will be available to RFB&D members for $395.00 plus shipping and handling.

About Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®

Founded in 1948, RFB&D serves more than 270,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disability. RFB&D's collection of 60,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, various assistive technology devices, and CD – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,400 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the books, which students rely on to achieve educational success.  RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit https://www.learningally.org.