Software that translates text into speech so that one can listen to a text being read. This type of software often has a choice of voice and speed. If you need help navigating programs and websites, not just to read the text you see, please refer to the list of screen readers.
- Natural Reader (free, Windows and MAC) Paid option includes better voices and the ability to sync to a smart phone or tablet.
- Central Access Reader (free, open source, reads formatted math, Windows and MAC)
- TextAloud (free to try, Windows)
- Narrator (free, built-in Windows 7 and later)
- Adobe Reader (free, Windows and MAC)
Please note: iOS refers to any device running iOS including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
- Voice Dream Reader (iOS)
- Have you MAC speak text that’s on the screen
- Speak Selected Text on iOS (free)
Android Tablet or Mobile
The following do text to speech, but they also have a lot of extra functionality including bookmarking, notes, etc. They are mostly used by students with learning disabilities.
- Read&Write (Fee/year, other pricing options available, PC, Mac, tablets)
- Kurzweil ($1300+, PC, Mac, iPad)
All prices are only to provide an idea of cost and may not reflect recent changes or educational discounts.