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.
This list was last updated July 27, 2017.
- 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 ($39, 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 ($20.99, iOS)
- Have you MAC speak text that’s on the screen
- Speak Selected Text on iOS (free)
Android Tablet or Mobile
- Voice Dream Reader ($14.07)
- Cool Reader (free)
- FBReader with TTS+ plugin (free)
- Moon Reader Pro ($4.99)
- Mantano Ebook Reader Premium ($8.99)
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 ($152.25/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.