Audio books are ideal for those with vision problems and individuals who would rather listen to a book than read it, but this accessibility rarely stretches to your own documents and reading materials. If you’d like to be able to convert a text document to speech, you’ll either need to record it yourself or use a text-to-speech program on your computer which isn’t much good when you’re on the go. Luckily a free app called NaturalReader offers iOS users a way to accomplish this.
NaturalReader supports .DOC, .PDF, webpages and a number of eBook formats and allows text to be converted to speech for listening on the go. The app includes a browser for surfing the web with a voice-over, allows the import of documents from Dropbox and offers controls for playback speed.
According to the developer, users can choose to hear their documents in one of 30 natural-sounding voices, with support for five foreign languages. The software can be useful for those who can’t read using normal methods to individuals who can make use of a proofreader. NaturalReader allows users to listen to their writing and hear the natural flow in their work. It’s completely free to boot, with no adverts of in-app purchases to speak of at the moment – so give it a whirl!
- Convert eBooks, webpages, .PDF files and Word Documents to speech.
- Support for importing files from Dropbox.
- Supports 30 natural voices and 5 foreign languages.
- Playback controls for speed, built-in browser for surfing with text-to-speech.
Download: NaturalReader @ App Store