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Old 10-07-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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Reading apps w/TTS?

Are there any iOS reading apps that have text-to-speech? There are several on Android, but I've never learned of one on iOS. I'm not talking about VoiceOver, but just straight TTS.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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I don't think any of the book devs have bothered. Most people wanting to hear a book will get an audiobook... Thats what I do, because I find I can concentrate better with audiobooks than on reading on a screen or a book.
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That just seems odd. iOS has decent voice synthesis, and I assume the SDK gives access to it. Audiobooks may be 'better' but TTS is just fine if you want to keep reading when your hands cannot operate the device.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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Yes and no. Adding TTS is also going to add to the size of the app. I wouldnt bother with a reading app that had it.
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It doesn't make the app bigger. TTS is a system resource, the app just needs to call the api.
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Blio supports TTS.

(cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...Ftool_features)
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Sorry, no idea how that happened.

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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Audiobooks may be 'better' but TTS is just fine if you want to keep reading when your hands cannot operate the device.


I love audiobooks....
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But you have to pay just over $10 for the voice to enable TTS.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:08 PM   #10
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I forgot about that one. Thanks, I'll check it out!

BTW I've been getting duplicate posts myself recently (though not for last few days..). Probably a server issue.

[update:]
The iPhone app is kinda slick. In addition to TTS, it supports VoiceOver, and has a RSVP reading mode (speed controlled with thumb). Haven't tried on iPad yet.

The Android app seems a little more stripped down.

You can side-load ePub or PDF on either platform.

As far as Blio goes, it is not clear what the 'unique value proposition' is. There is no way to get a book you have purchased out of the system, for example.

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