“I’ve just tried a different vBookz app [from the one that offers free Audiobooks – 30,000+ classics read aloud with text to speech]! Its called vBookz PDF Voice Reader. It is a free PDF TTS app and will read directly from a PDF, so you see the page as it should be, not just plain text. It uses a moving box, rather than highlighting – the box surrounds the word currently being read. The screen shot shows how the reading speed is controlled and page control.”
“Free Balabolka will open unprotected ePub files (and pdfs), but not protected ones like library books. Balabolka has options for changing font style, colour, size and background colour. It can use the free MS voices or any voices you have with other programs, and speaks with highlighting. It does not preserve presentation or images.”
The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files.
Here is a video with Craig Mill showing the use of Balabolka being used with MyStudyBar
“Reading is big issue for me – I find it hard to concentrate on the content so I have to scan in documents so I use a program to read them back to help me focus and absorb more information. Quite often I download E-Journals and they are all set up in PDF format. But, when I come to use the software, it is quite hard so then I transfer it to a Word document. It is much more user-friendly.
Basically, I have been used to using the software for TextHelp Read and Write [Gold] (YouTube video) and in that program you can scan the document – you can scan the PDF document and transfer it to a Word document” [This is also possible with ClaroRead (YouTube video)]
“My workaround may be a little complicated to include.[…] It’s a million times better than VoiceOver for dyslexic users – it’s designed for dyslexics rather than VI [Visual impairment]. It’s a built in accessibility feature for iOS5, so works everywhere.
Apple say: Speak Selection
Want to select text from websites, email, messages, and more? Speak Selection lets you highlight text in any application by double tapping it. Even if you don’t have VoiceOver enabled, Speak Selection will read you the highlighted text and give you formatting options like cut, copy, and paste. Turn on Speak Selection in Settings.