Reading

NaturalReader

NaturalReader

  • Converts any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words
  • Change reading voices and speed
  • Easy to use, one-click technology

Cost: Free

Compatibility:

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Text Grabber + Translator

Text Grabber iPhone App

  • For turning paper hard copy into readable PDF
  • iPhone app that uses the phone's camera to turn text on paper into text that can then be read aloud on the iPhone.
  • OCR is good enough for text-to-speech

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility:

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Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream Reader

  • Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech.
  • Built-in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg makes it easy to import read material.
  • Sophisticated controls, synchronized word highlighting and autoscrolling.

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility:

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iReadWrite

iReadWrite

  • iReadWrite makes reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work, or leisure.
  • Support features include: Text-to-speech, Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone and Confusables Checker, Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Customizable Background and Text Colors, Choice of Voices and Fonts, Importing and Sharing documents

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility:

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Balabolka

Balabolka Text-To-Speech

  • Text-To-Speech (TTS) Program
  • The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.
  • Reads the clipboard content and views the text from CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files.

Cost: Free

Compatibility:

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Readability

Readability

  • Turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet
  • Available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android

Cost: Free

Compatibility:

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VoiceOver

VoiceOver

  • VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader available on Mac computers, iPhone and iPad.
  • Allows the device to read out loud icons, menus and Web articles making it easier for the blind and those with low-vision to use a computer.

Cost: Free, Built-In

Compatibility:

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Read2Go

Read2Go

  • Read2Go is the most accessible DAISY ebook reader for iOS.
  • From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership
  • The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences.

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility:

iPhone iPad Learn More >>

WordTalk

WordTalk

  • WordTalk is a high quality free add-in that provides convenient, versatile and customizable text-to-speech for any document written or opened in Microsoft Word.
  • WordTalk Add-in for Word

Cost: Free, Add-On

Compatibility:

Microsoft Word Windows Learn More >>

PaperPort Notes

PaperPort

  • Digital note taking tool for the iPad
  • Combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone
  • Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking

Cost: Free

Compatibility:

iPad Learn More >>

Shahi Visual Dictionary

Shahi Visual Dictionary

  • Visual dictionary that combines Flickr, Google and Yahoo images with Wictionary content.
  • Terms within definitions are hyperlinked.

Cost: Free

Compatibility:

Online Resource

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Google Dictionary

Google Dictionary

  • View definitions easily as you browse the web.
  • Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
  • Includes audio pronunciation.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome Extension

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Bookshare

Bookshare

  • Bookshare is a web-based library of digital books in accessible formats for people with print disabilities.
  • Members download books and read the material using assistive technology. Typically text-to-speech software that reads aloud and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays.

Cost: Free with Print Disability

Compatibility:

Online Resource

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