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 problem,” I told him. “Ivona and Moon+ Reader.”
My books are all DRM-free, so it was easy for him to download the file and open it in Moon+ Reader. If you want to try this trick at home with different books, you may need to first remove DRM.
I’ve covered Moon+ Reader in another post, so for this article, I’ll just cover downloading and setting up Ivona and then starting text-to-speech in Moon+ Reader.
Ivona is easy (and free) to download from Google Play, however, there are a few more steps than your average app download.
1. Download Ivona Text-to-Speech HQ.
2. Download a voice of your choice. I use Amy because she gets rave reviews everywhere.
3. Open the app and select the voice you want as your default.
4. Go into Android settings and select Ivona as your default test-to-speech engine.
You’re now set up to use Ivona. Time to fire up Moon+ Reader and start reading a book.
Open a book and then go to Settings > More Operations > Speak (Text-to-speech)
Tap “Start TTS,” and your voice of choice will start reading to you. You’ll see a handy control bar at the bottom of your screen where you can start, stop, speed up or slow down your voice.
There, now you can listen to your favorite book. Amy’s an excellent voice. I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to get inflection in there. It’s nothing like a professional reader, but it’s so far ahead of anything else (like the Kindle TTS) that there’s no comparison.
Try it out and let me know what you think.