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How to enjoy Moon+ Reader Pro and other Android goodies on your Windows 10 computer

By David Rothman
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

TeleRead regulars already know of my love of Moon+ Reader Pro (now on sale for $2.49, 50 percent off). The question of the day was, Could I enjoy this Android app on my Intel NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH computer after a Windows 10 upgrade? Happily the answer was, “Yes.” Earlier I was running the Blue [...]

Safety alert: Voice Dream Mail Pro app is better for the visually impaired than for drivers barreling down the freeway

By David Rothman
June 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

Updated June 5 I’ve long been a booster of Voice Dream, the best text-to-speech app for reading e-books, at least for me. Now, from developer Winston Chen, comes word of another product for iOS, Voice Dream Mail. As he describes the app, "It reads your email out loud using [...]

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

The new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well [...]

Setting up Moon+ Reader for Text-to-Speech Using Ivona

By libertyc
April 30, 2013 // 15 Comments

I was presenting at a seminar last week, and someone came up to me afterwards and said he’d bought my book and was enjoying it. His only complaint was that the Kindle for Android app didn’t support text to speech, and he wished he could listen to my book while he was driving. “No [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with [...]

Impressions of Pocket’s new text to speech feature

By libertyc
September 29, 2012 // 7 Comments

By Jeremy Hill | for Gadget Tell  Pocket (previously known as Read it Later) released an interesting update for its Android app last week: Known as the “Listen” feature and part of the Android 4.2 update, Pocket can now read your articles to you. It’s easy enough to use: You [...]

Apple explains how to sync narration tracks in EPUB files for iBookstore

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

Back in June, Apple introduced a new iBook feature it calls Read Aloud, which is similar to Nook’s Read to Me feature in that it provides a human voice narration that syncs to the onscreen text. In both commercial cases, the feature is meant primarily for children’s books. Now Apple has [...]

Authors Guild and publishers oddly quiet on the matter of iPad’s VoiceOver

By libertyc
August 27, 2010 // 3 Comments

I didn’t notice this David Pogue article from August 12th until Techdirt and Slashdot pointed it out just the other day. Though most of the article is about other cool features offered by iOS 4 (unified contacts, Facetime tricks), in the last section Pogue talks about the VoiceOver “spoken [...]

Looktel bringing hand-held text-to-speech to Windows Mobile smartphones

By libertyc
March 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remember the Intel Reader, the $1500 handheld device that acts as a hand-held portable scanner/OCR/text-to-speech device for the blind? A company called LookTel is in the beta stage of bringing something similar to Windows Mobile camera phones. The device will speak aloud text (package labels or [...]

Apple releases iBooks information

By libertyc
March 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Apple has posted a webpage with details about the iBooks iPad app. There are a couple of points of particular interest to TeleReaders. First of all, iBooks will allow you to “add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.” That’s right, the page specifically uses [...]

Through text-to-speech, Roger Ebert can speak again

By libertyc
March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

For the past several years, film critic Roger Ebert has been unable to talk, due to complications from cancer surgery that left him without a lower jaw. But thanks to CereProc, a company that mines words and syllables from existing audio sources (such as the many commentary tracks and TV shows [...]

Text to speech voices that don’t suck!

By libertyc
March 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

From eBooks Just Published: I’ve just released two incredible new text to speech voices for use with Text2Go. They are called Amy and Brian and have been developed by IVONA Software. I really think they’re amazing – certainly the best I’ve ever heard. You can read the press release on [...]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Text-to-speech mode and parting thoughts

By libertyc
December 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

There is one last aspect of the Astak that I need to review before shipping it back in. That is one of the major ways it differs from the Sony, and one of the ways it is similar to the Kindle 2: text-to-speech read-aloud mode. Note that with the version of firmware with which the Astak shipped, [...]

More text to speech conversion

By libertyc
December 7, 2009 // 2 Comments

I received the following email from Mark Gladding, founder of Tumbywood Software in Australia. I reprint it because it is important that our readers with disabilities have as much information available to them as possible. The Text2Go software he describes costs US$ 45, which includes one voice. I [...]

Intel introduces new digital book reader for the blind

By libertyc
November 10, 2009 // 3 Comments

Venturebeat has an article looking at the $1,500 Intel Reader portable text-to-speech device Intel has just released. It is the size of a paperback book and can read from files or capture printed text with its built-in digital camera. The Intel Reader is meant specifically for the blind or [...]

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