Read The Web

Read The Web

Text-to-speech for Web Content

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What is Read The Web?

Read The Web is a popular Chrome extension by This extension has 265,386 weekly active users, an average user rating of 2.76, and is most similar to Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader and Select and Speak - Text to Speech. The latest version, 3.2.29, was updated 4 months ago.

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Rating: 2.76 (50)
Version: 3.2.29 (Last updated: 2023-02-06)
Creation date: 2020-07-02
Manifest version: 2
  • activeTab
  • tabs
  • storage
  • <all_urls>
  • nativeMessaging
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
  • identity
Size: 700.42K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood

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Read The Web
Read The Web (v3.2.28)
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Read The Web is free with a subscription to Kurzweil 3000. If you don’t have a subscription, sign-up for a 30-day free trial. You’ll get access to Read The Web, our web app, and much more.  Click “Website” to the right and Signup Free on the top right corner.  

Add the Kurzweil 3000 Read The Web Chrome Extension to read aloud web content. You can now listen to articles for that research project you’re working on, comments or directions on your school learning platform, or just catch up on news, all in 30 natural text-to-speech voices that read aloud in 17 languages and dialects.

•    Read efficiently with audio text-to-speech and moving highlights
•    Reduce reading fatigue with human-quality text-to-speech voices
•    Improve comprehension with instant access to 3 dictionaries
•    Customize reading rate and presentation to suit your preferences
•    Highlight key facts and extract them to a mind map or bulleted list

Each individual deserves tools that help them unlock their potential. Kurzweil Education offers proven, research-based, literacy solutions that address unique learning challenges and develop the literacy skills that lead to academic and personal success.
User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Decent voice selection
  • Effective for TTS
  • Good for accessibility
  • Helpful for those with learning disabilities
  • Great for reading general web articles
  • Bug where it prevents images from loading
  • Buggy and clunky
  • Doesn't read PDFs
  • Doesn't integrate with main reader's word pronunciation
  • Popup can be annoying and get in the way
  • Login and credential issues
  • Can't be moved from upper right position
  • Doesn't hold settings and won't remember reading speed
  • Overlap with buttons displayed on other websites
  • Limited in use due to flaws
Most mentioned
  • Bug with images not loading
  • Buggy and clunky
  • Popup can be annoying
  • Login and credential issues
  • Doesn't read PDFs
  • Limited in use due to flaws
  • Good for accessibility
  • Effective for TTS
  • Decent voice selection
  • Helpful for those with learning disabilities
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Risk impact

Read The Web requires a number of risky permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Read The Web if you trust the publisher.

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Risk likelihood

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