Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader
Read aloud the current web-page article with one click, using text to speech (TTS). Supports 40+ languages.
What is Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader?
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader is a Chrome extension that converts webpage text into audio using advanced text-to-speech technology. It supports over 40 languages, works on various websites, and enables selection of different cloud-based voices. It can also read PDFs, Google Docs, Google Books, Amazon Kindle, and ePub. Ideal for users with learning disabilities, those who prefer listening to content, and children learning to read.
Read Aloud uses text-to-speech (TTS) technology to convert webpage text to audio. It works on a variety of websites, including news sites, blogs, fan fiction, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, and online university course materials.
Read Aloud allows you to select from a variety of text-to-speech voices, including those provided natively by the browser, as well as by text-to-speech cloud service providers such as Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly, IBM Watson, and Microsoft. Some of the cloud-based voices may require additional in-app purchase to enable.
Read Aloud can read PDF, Google Docs, Google Play books, Amazon Kindle, and EPUB (via the excellent EPUBReader extension from epubread.com).
Read Aloud is intended for users who prefer to listen to content instead of reading, those with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, and children learning to read.
To use Read Aloud, navigate to the web page you want to read, then click the Read Aloud icon on the Chrome menu. In addition, the shortcut keys ALT-P, ALT-O, ALT-Comma, and ALT-Period can be used to Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, and Forward. You may also select the text you want to read before activating the extension. Right clicking on the selected text will provide you with yet another option to activate Read Aloud via the context menu.
To change the voice, reading speed, pitch, or enable text highlighting, go to the Options page either by right clicking on the Read Aloud icon and choose Options, or by clicking the Gear button on the extension popup (you'll need to stop playback to see the Gear button).
Read Aloud is an open-source project. If you wish to contribute bug fixes or translations, please visit the GitHub page at https://github.com/ken107/read-aloud.
User reviews summary
- Simple to use
- Works well with different languages
- High quality voices
- Helpful for users with dyslexia
- Works with PDFs
- Occasional issues with language detection
- Issues with the extension stopping
- No right-click options for controls
- Limited customization for reading speed
- Doesn't highlight text on the webpage
- Use with different languages
- Quality of text-to-speech voices
- Reliability issues
- Reading speed
- Lack of customization
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.
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