Obi is an open source audio book production tool that produces digital talking books (DTBs) conforming to DAISY 3 (ANSI/NISO Z39.86), DAISY 2.02 and Accessible EPUB 3 standards. It is easy to learn, highly accessible, and powerful navigable audio book production tool that enables anybody to produce accessible and rich content with minimal amount of training.

Who is this for?

Obi is designed for a diverse range of users, from large scale production houses to individual home users. It is one of the preferred tools of the new generation distributed production systems, which are built on a vast network of volunteers who record at their homes and offices using cutting edge technologies.

Project vision

Empower individuals and organizations across the globe to create accessible and feature-rich content overcoming diversities like language, cost constraints & accessibility needs.

  • Equip the world wide DAISY community with a free, localizable tool to enable accessible content production based on the latest specification, with minimum training and with complete independence.
  • Provide the reference implementation for exemplifying the benefits of the latest specification & open-source code base to facilitate further customization.

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Release Status

Obi version 4.3 was released in December 2018, and a new test version Obi 4.5 was released in October, 2019. Visit the Obi downloads page for links to download Obi.

For more detailed information about the changes in each release see the Obi release notes.

Development Site

The Obi development site is available for people interested in more technical information about this development. For feedback, comments and bug reports please contact us via email:

Benefits and features

Obi has many particular features and benefits, a few of which are listed here below:-

  • Enables production of audio books, with exceptionally rich structure, conforming to various DAISY standards & EPUB 3 specifications.
  • Offers highly efficient mechanism for converting existing content to a structured audio DAISY/accessible EPUB 3 book.
  • Empowers people with special needs to produce the books with the same fluency as their sighted counterparts.
  • Ability to use Obi in native language enables non-English speaking volunteers & production staff to work in Obi with equal ease
  • Convenient integration with the existing workflows & production management software of the production houses
  • Efficient and flexible workflows, with recording process that can be configured for both expert & moderately skilled users
  • Low learning curve making it easily comprehensible.
  • Tolerant to mistakes, so that you can work with confidence and without stress
  • Quick and easy execution of in-built post-production operations, like validation.
  • Can be further customized for encompassing special requirements

For more detailed information on specifics visit the Obi guidance area.

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To see what users are saying about Obi, please visit Testimonial page.