investobuddies.com – May Day came as a surprise to Kindle readers using the Text To Speech Kindle App Iphone. Kindle books can now be read using text-to-speech (TTS) on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Prior to this update, Kindle book readers were always a little disappointed to learn that there was no way to listen to their collections on the iPad. Blind and visually impaired people who have purchased Kindle books find that when they download Kindle books to their iPad, they will not be able to use the built-in features provided by VoiceOver. It is also not possible to use the Speak Selection feature to select words or pieces of text to read. VoiceOver is now available (not a speaking option).
Kindle Reader uses VoiceOver, so VoiceOver must be installed and running to use the Text To Speech Kindle App Iphone features. To do this, go to:
Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > On.
VoiceOver is designed to make iOS accessible to the visually impaired. So, while it’s running, you activate your app in a slightly different way than the standard iOS approach. Most of the time, it involves a double tap instead of a single tap (this means every blind or visually impaired person wants to make sure the correct app is selected before activating that app (single tap) (double tap).
- Tap a book in your Kindle library with VoiceOver enabled to see full spoken information about each title, author, and whether or not the book is installed. Double-tap to open the book and start reading from where you last read.
- Swipe down with two fingers to start reading continuously from the top of the page.
- While reading, tap once with two fingers to pause. Two fingers tap again to start over.
- One finger tap selects a line of text and reads under your finger. (Just like saying a selection, it also provides context.) Tap anywhere with one finger to read the line. Tap with two fingers to return to the library.
- Suppose you are reading one line at a time (eg for semantics) and you want to go back to continuous reading. To continue reading continuously, simply swipe down with two fingers.
- Swipe three fingers from right to left to go to the next page, or swipe from left to right to go to the previous page.
All these options are clearly explained.
What can you read?
Kindle titles work. However, Word documents and PDF documents do not provide text-to-speech (many other applications do).
The biggest advantage is that you can use text-to-speech to read books in Kindle format.
Can I use a different voice?
It’s not entirely clear how, but you can use the Kindle to change the voice used for text-to-speech. The secret is to figure out how to give the blind or visually impaired access to these facilities. You can do this from within VoiceOver. Here’s how to do it using the Language Rotor.
Setup is a two step process. First, set the language you want VoiceOver to have available. Second, with Voiceover enabled, select your language from the rotor you set earlier.
Turn on the sound you want to select in the Language Rotor.
General > Settings > Accessibility > Language Rotor (under the rotor)
Tap to select each language you want to use as an option. American English, British English, Irish English.
Tap VoiceOver (at the top of the screen) to exit the language rotor.
Now you will want to select your preferred language or dialect. Do this with VoiceOver On.
- General > Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > On Turn on VoiceOver as before.
- Launch Kindle with VoiceOver turned on.
- Tap the screen with two fingers and rotate clockwise to turn on the rotor and the available commands will be spoken. (e.g. letters, words, lines, etc.)
- Repeat the action until the language is ready.
- Slide one finger down to hear the first sound selected as an option. Repeat the rotor movement until the desired dialect or voice is reached. Now selected.
Now swipe down with two fingers and it will speak in the voice you want.
Apple now allows Scottish voices to be used only in the languages available in the app, not just the entire system. That’s good!