GuideReader Software



If print books are impossibly frustrating and mainstream reading devices too complicated, why not take a look at GuideReader? The simplest way to browse books you can read, GuideReader:

  • Instantly browse, download and read 1000’s of free audio books and newspapers!
  • Accessible for people with every type of visual impairment
  • Simple audio instructions guide you through every step
  • Icons and menus can be enlarged as big as you need them
  • Simple step-by-step choices read aloud
  • Stop & start reading with just 1 button on the Dolphin remote
  • Spoken help for the exact spot you find yourself
  • Never get lost – press and hold the back button and you’re instantly back to the home screen

Dolphin GuideReader is designed for people with any level of visual impairment to continue reading books as actively as they ever have.

GuideReader connects to all major providers of accessible books and news. Just type in the codes available free to low-vision and blind citizens and instantly browse, download and read 1000’s of books and newspapers. Use NLS Bard (National Library Service), Bookshare, NFB Newsline, Project Gutenburg and Epub.

Listen to the Easterseals Crossroads podcast on Dolphin’s GuideReader Pod and Tablet. In the podcast, Jeff Gardner, the Irie-AT CEO, and Wade Wingler of Easterseals Crossroads discuss some questions that are commonly asked about GuideReader.

Designed for Readers with Blindness or Partial Sight

GuideReader has been created specifically for people with visual impairments that have a love of reading:

  • Enlarge GuideReader’s menus and icons to a size that suits you
  • Simple talking instructions that guide you, step-by-step
  • Do everything in GuideReader with just 4 keys
  • 6 high contrast colour schemes to choose from
  • Choose a menu voice from a range of human sounding options that are all easy on the ear
  • Adjust the audio speed and volume for total listening comfort
  • Tutorials, help and remote support that is designed by visually impaired people for visually impaired people!

Ideal for Total Beginners

  • Stop & start your audio book with just 1 button
  • Simple step-by-step choices read aloud at a speed that suits you
  • Spoken help that’s always relevant
  • Never get lost – press and hold the back button and you’re instantly back to the home screen
  • Search for a specific book with the simplest text entry

100,000s of Audio Books

Experience the widest range of audio books, human narrated and delivered with large, crystal clear text. From top ten best sellers to old classics, romance to tragedy, GuideReader has them all, free and ready to read. Simply sign up to your regional accessible library provider and get reading!

Explore the full list of library providers and sign up for their free services, then browse titles in your local language by:

  • popular titles
  • genre
  • title
  • author

If you receive newspapers or books from an accessible book provider on a memory (USB) stick, GuideReader will play those too – simply import them and they’re on your bookshelf. Or copy a book you find over to your favourite portable player, so you can read on the move.

Synchronised, highlighted & Super Smooth!

With GuideReader there’s no need to compromise on size or volume.  Make the text as large as you need, with no restrictions. Listen to audio or do both, each perfectly synchronised.  NB Some books are supplied as audio only or text audio.

Computer & Processor Intel Z8350
Memory (RAM) 2 gigabytes(GB) RAM
Hard disk Minimum of 32 gigabytes (GB)
Operating System The following operating systems are supported:

  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Audio Sound card and speakers/headphones for audio output
Input Any standard pointing device (mouse/trackpad). Dolphin Remote also supported
  • Internet connection required for downloading books, newspapers and product updates
  • Bluetooth required for connecting a Dolphin Remote
Media Internet Download or pre-installed on GuideReader Pod only


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