How do I get Kindle for Chrome to read to me via text-to-speech?

Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda June 16, 2013
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I’m trying to find out how to make Kindle for Chrome read an eBook to me via text-to-speech to no avail. I have basically no idea how to do it, but my friend has done it so I know that there has to be a way. Thank you!

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  1. Harshit J
    June 17, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Kindle Cloud does not have text to speech functionality but you can download Kindle for PC. It has text to speech via accessibility plugin. Maybe TTS extensions for Chrome would work. Try them too.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Does Kindle for PC have a built-in TTS engine? How do you make it read the text of an ebook I downloaded? I bought it from Amazon so it's not like it's some downloadable file I obtained from an alternate website.

    • Leland Whitlock
      June 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Here is a link on Using the PC version with TTS. You need to have additional software installed.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000632481

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      That's a broken URL.

    • Harshit J
      June 18, 2013 at 3:14 am

      The link works. Please try again.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Ok. I installed it. How do I actually use it once it's installed?

    • Harshit J
      June 19, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Follow the instructions here http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200596280&pop-up=1. Start Microsoft Narrator before using the keyboard shortcut.

    • Harshit J
      June 19, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Microsoft Narrator is pre-installed on Windows.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I installed the additional software, and I opened an ebook and I hit CTRL + R. It doesn't work for some reason since I don't hear anything being read.

  2. Leland Whitlock
    June 17, 2013 at 4:16 am

    It appears based on my research that you are referring to the Send to Kindle Google Chrome extension as seen at http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/chrome/ Is that correct? Are you wanting your Kindle Fire or older device to read what you are sending to your device once it arrives? If so then the following articles will help you solve the issue; I have no idea which Kindle device you are using. Good luck.

    http://frrl.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/making-kindle-fire-speak-kindle-fire-ebook-reader-text-to-speech-capability/
    http://askville.amazon.com/make-kindle-read/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=76165628
    http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/android/text-to-speech-tts-on-kindle-fire.asp

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      I'm not using the actual Kindle device. I have a chrome extension called Kindle Cloud Reader and I am running into some setbacks while trying to make this app read the book to me aloud.

    • Leland Whitlock
      June 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Take a look at http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/chrome-speak-select-text-from-any-webpage-to-read-out-loud-chrome/ and see if it might hold an answer for you. I had forgotten about Kindle Cloud Reader which will work in any desktop browser. Hopefully this is more along the lines of what you need. Good luck.

    • Cristián Torres-Gluck Balmaceda
      June 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      I've tried it with webpages such as Wikipedia articles, but on the Kindle cloud reader it doesn't work, for some odd reason.

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