Listening to the printed word

his masters voice photoEver wished that you could have someone read printed books or journal articles to you?  Now you can.

In a recent blog post, we explained how Robobraille can convert text to speech in minutes: submit your text and it will email you the mp3.  Word also has a built in text to speech function and PDFs often include text to speech functionality.

You could also try Orato clipboard readerGoogle text to speech for FireFox, Balabolka, Windows Eyes, or DSpeech.  It is also included as one of the tools in EduApps’ MyStudyBar.  If your source text is a printed book or other inaccessible format, OneNote and Office Lens will convert photos of pages to text ready to be read aloud to you by any of these other apps.

As always when copying material, please be mindful of copyright restrictions.

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  1. […] Posted on November 1, 2018 by David Bennett — No Comments ↓ Ever wished that you could have someone read printed books and journal articles to you?  Now you can!  Robobraille can convert text to speech in minutes.  Submit your text and it will email you the file in the format of your choice, including as an mp3 soundtrack.  Microsoft Word has a built in text to speech function and PDFs also often include text to speech functionality.  There are a variety of apps that work well and for different devices, while if you want to scan, collate and convert text to spoken words.  Some more of the best apps are introduced in “Listening to the printed word”. […]

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