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Get a high-quality 'Read Aloud' voice in Google Play Books

The standard reading voice in the Google Play Books app sounds like an 80's robot. The high-quality voice sounds more like what we've come to expect from a robot in 2013. Here's how to activate it.

By January 2, 2013


Kindle iOS app enhanced for the blind and visually impaired

Users can now hear many books read aloud and use features like Zoom and AssistiveTouch to more easily see and navigate text.

By May 1, 2013


Ex-default for Kindle 2 text-to-speech: Legal?

Company backs down from its original plan to let its new Kindle 2 e-book reader read aloud from any document on the device. Its former plan was ill-considered and arguably illegal.

By March 2, 2009


Microsoft Word files to speak to the blind

Plug-in to enable Microsoft Word 2007 documents to be converted to documents in the Daisy XML format, which can be read aloud by speech synthesizers.

By November 13, 2007


Setting sail from Oracle

It was after dinner last night that I read aloud a news item about Larry Ellison's sailing activities. The Oracle CEO, St. Francis Yacht Club member and bad-weather survivor has reportedly bought the remains of the St. Francis' failed effort, AmericaOne, for $60 million.

July 14, 2000