Darwin Reader Trial

Darwin Reader Trial

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** This free trial version is fully functional for 30 days **

Darwin Reader is the first accessible Android book reader designed specifically for blind, low vision, and print disabled users. The app fully supports DAISY formatted audio and text books, and directly integrates with Benetech Bookshare and Librivox to make downloading books amazingly simple.

Read books using your preferred interface. For blind and low vision users, the app is completely navigable with the arrow keys. All menus are fully vocalized. Users with dyslexia and other print disabilities can quickly navigate by tapping the stylized graphics on the screen.

During playback, choose between two modes of operation. In the "Eyes-Free" mode, simply swipe your finger across the screen to easily move between sentences and sections. In the graphical mode, all menus are vocalized and include large, graphical elements.

Complete DAISY Support

DAISY is the standard for e-books for blind and print-disabled readers. Navigation with DAISY is easy! You can quickly jump to a specific chapter, book section, or page. Darwin Reader fully supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3.0 formats to read full-text, full-audio, and combined book formats. Just drop your books onto your Android device's SD card and start reading!


Darwin Reader presents numerous options to tailor the application to your specific needs. Change the font and background color, text size, font spacing, voice speed, punctuation speech, and much more.

Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

As the book is read to you, the text is highlighted in a large, colored font. Quickly skip to the next paragraph, sentence, or even a single word. Once you've selected a word, you can find out all about it from Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.org.

Quick Book Search

Explore the vast BookShare library directly on your phone. Use your voice to search for a particular book, or navigate through the many genres.

Instant Downloads

Download books directly to your phone or tablet. You can transfer your DAISY books to your player from your computer, or you can download books directly from within the app by connecting to the Bookshare library. Direct integrations with other content providers are on the road map.


Subscribe to your favorite newspapers from BookShare and keep up to date on the latest news and events!

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Recently changed in this version

version 1.38:
Fixes Librivox compatibility

version 1.37:
- Fixed Bookshare download issues that appeared on a small number of devices

version 1.35:
- Added a preference to allow you to set the location of your library on the SD card. This helps on some devices where Android does not respond with the correct external storage location.
- Moved some navigation icons to the settings menu to be easier to use with screen readers.

Comments and ratings for Darwin Reader Trial
  • (48 stars)

    by Brian Cairnie on 27/02/2014

    Emailed developer with a query, the reply didn't really help so I emailed again. This time I got ignored. Won't be buying the full version,

  • (48 stars)

    by Quentin Christensen on 07/06/2013

    Not sure if this doesn't work with Android 4.1.2, the Galaxy note 2, books from Vision Australia library, or just in general. Would be quite useful if it worked.

  • (48 stars)

    by lanie molinar on 22/05/2013

    I've tried a lot of other accessible book readers and this is the best one I've found. I'm totally blind, so I love the eyes-free mode. The one thing I would like to see is the ability to move it to the SD card. It's totally worth $14.95.

  • (48 stars)

    by jonathon b on 30/03/2013

    Does not recognise DAISY format books from BARD.

  • (48 stars)

    by Reid Kersey on 28/12/2012

    The program used to be great. Now I am left unable to download books. The developer has been unresponsive to my emails. This review will change if the problem is fixed.

  • (48 stars)

    by timothy on 30/01/2012

    So far the trial version works great. As an alternate media technician @ a community college I find this to be an affordable alternative for students especially in todays economic climate. massive cut-backs, etc. _

  • (48 stars)

    by A Google User on 30/01/2012

    So far the trial version works great. As an alternate media technician @ a community college I find this to be an affordable alternative for students especially in todays economic climate. massive cut-backs, etc. _