Reading & Literacy Support

NaturalReader

  • Test-to-speech software which converts Microsoft Word, Webpages, PDFs, and Emails into spoken words
  • Customize reading voice and speed for your readings.
  • Floating toolbar to read text in other applications
  • Online Text-to-speech program with options to input text from various sources on your computer
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, Online Resource
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Voice Dream Reader

  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Read by listening to the text, visually or both at the same time
  • Supports PDF, Word Docs, EPUB, DAISY, eBooks, Web pages and more with the ability to integrate your Bookshare books or books in Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Gutenberg and more
  • Includes multiple language options along with various fonts, including Open Dyslexic font, and voices, including the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps
  • Cost: $9.99; Voice Dream Reader Lite - FREE
  • Compatibility: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
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Beeline Reader

  • Polyhrome color text reader with Open Dyslexie Font
  • Read PDF files, webpages and convert ebooks to PDF files to be read with this program
  • Polychrome color text helps eyes to track lines of text for easier, faster reading by eliminating “line transition errors.”
  • Various monochrome color schemes for personalized use
  • Cost: $1.99 iOS app; Browser Extensions FREE
  • Compatibility: Browser Extension: Chrome & Firefox; Computer; iOS: iPad, iPhone
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ReadMe!

  • Read PDF and ePUB files on your tablet when you upload them to your bookshelf
  • Spritz Reader is integrated into it – a tool for speed reading showing one word at a time to the reader
  • Beeline Reader – polychromatic text color reader integrated into pay option of app
  • Cost: Free with Spritz Reader but Beeline Reader has additional monthly ($0.99), yearly ($4.99) or lifetime membership options
  • Compatibility: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
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Mercury Reader

  • Remove clutter from webpages for easier reading
  • Customize the size of the test, the font, and if it’s a light or dark themed background
  • Send the reading to Kindle for reading on that device
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension
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Rewordify

  • Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are easier to understand
  • Help build understanding within readings and builds vocabulary
  • Difficult words are replaced and highlighted
  • Click on the words that were replaced to see the original word in the text
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource
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Balabolka

  • Text-to-Speech program using the voices installed on your computer
  • Save online text as mP3, mP4, WAV, OGG or WMA file for portable or later listening
  • Reads documents from the clipboard or file types such as DOC, EPUB, HTML, PDF, RTF, and more
  • Customize the background color, font size, and reading options including pitch and rates
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows
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GhostReader

  • Text-to-Speech app for Mac computers
  • Reads your text aloud with the ability to customize voices and modify the pronunciation of words so it sounds correct when reading
  • Ability to zoom and highlight words
  • Covert text to audio files for on-the-go listening
  • Import text from a variety of formats including Text, Word, HTML, PDF & RTF
  • Cost: $24.99
  • Compatibility: Mac
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Claro ScanPen​

  • Listen to printed material on the spot
  • Take a photo of your printed document, select text with your finger, and have it read back to you
  • Compatible with Voiceover
  • Multiple languages
  • Cost: $6.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android
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Claro PDF Pro

  • Listen to your PDFs read aloud using the built in voices on iOS as well as 4 high quality voices
  • Convert images to fully accessible PDF files that can be spoken, searched, copied, or highlighted
  • Change the background color of document and invert the text colors
  • Annotate and mark up your document using highlights, underlines, strike outs, notes, drawing, insert images, audio, video and more
  • Cost:  $6.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android
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Select and Speak (formerly Speakit!)

  • Select the text you want read aloud in your browser
  • Click on the SpeakIt! Icon and the text will be read out loud
  • Can read text in more than 50 languages
  • Ability to add new voices and change the speaking rate
  • Cost:  $2.99/month
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension
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Spritz

  • Test your reading speed using Spritz to find your optimum reading speed to use in partnership with Readsy
  • Increase or decrease the test reading speed to find your balance of speed and comprehension
  • Spritz custom interface called the Spritzlet, adjusts word position and red letter placement for increased focus, attention and comprehension
  • Various website and apps have the Spritz Spritzlet embedded in it
  • Cost:  Free
  • Compatibility: Web, iOS, Android
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Readsy

  • Use Readsy to focus your eyes on one word at a time without having to move them while reading
  • Upload a PDF, txt or copy and paste text into the website to have it read in their Readsy interact
  • Use Readsys interface adjusts position of word for optimum viewing in your eyes and highlights one letter of each word in red to help focus your eyes
  • Increase reading speed and comprehension using Readsy​
  • Use Spritz to test yourself to find optimum reading speed
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Online Resource
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Read Mode

  • Remove distractions from reading on the internet with this app
  • Click the Chrome Extension for clean reading with black text on white background
  • Ads and flash animations removed by the click of a button
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Chrome Extension
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VBookz PDF Reader

  • Read PDF files with this app
  • Interactive cursor allows readers to follow along with text
  • Use annotation tools such as highlighting, text, notes, and bookmarks to help support your reading
  • Read books in text mode with the option for Dyslexie Font
  • Import PDFs using email, Dropbox, or through iTunes
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Spreed

  • Train yourself to increase your reading speed with Spreed
  • Import online articles and have them read at double or triple the speed
  • Spreed can train you to read between 200 and 400 words per minute
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Chrome Extension
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Spreeder

  • Free online web application to help you read faster
  • Copy and paste text from any source into the online application and spreed!
  • Words will flash at a words per minute rate as you read along and increase your reading speed
  • Ability to adjust words per minute speed, chunk size/number of words flashed, background color and more
  • Cost:  Free
  • Compatible: Online Resource
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Text2Speech.org

  • Enter text from any source and have it read out loud by this online resource
  • Ability to download file to an mp3 file
  • Customize voice and speed
  • 4000 character limit to text read
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Online Resource
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ABBYY TextGrabber & Translator

  • Using the camera of your device, capture text and translate it using OCR
  • Easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, ads, etc.
  • Use VoiceOver (iPad only) to listen to your document in a text-to-speech format
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
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Capti Narrator

  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows and Mac Browser Extensions
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Prizmo

  • Take a picture and have immediate conversion into text with this OCR program for text-to-speech
  • Ability to change the voice and interactive reading display with words highlighted as they are read
  • 10 different languages built in with over 30 addition for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text​
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone
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Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs​
  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Windows, Mac OS
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Bookshare

  • Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities
  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs
  • Cost: Free with Print Disability
  • Compatibility: Online Resource
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Go Read

  • Download and listen to your Bookshare books on your Android device
  • Read DAISY and EPUB books with voice navigated and text-to-speech
  • Connects directly to online libraries, and Bookshare for quick download
  • Optimized for visually-impaired readers but usable for anyone
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Android
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Read2Go

  • Read2Go is the most accessible DAISY ebook reader for iOS
  • From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership
  • The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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NaviDys

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Adjust the font to one of 10 available fonts including Dyslexie font
  • Adjust font size, letter spacing and line spacing of the webpage you’re reading
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, iPad
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Cometdocs PDF Converter

  • Create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images, and other formats
  • Use within Google Drive with the converted documents waiting for you there
  • Use the web application, desktop app or app on your iOS device to convert documents too
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, iPad, iPhone, Chrome Extension
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ER Browser

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history
  • Cost: $0.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

  • Read your textbooks on the go – anywhere
  • Annotate your readings with highlights, sticky notes, and flags in your textbooks
  • Filter your notes and highlights onto one screen
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iPad, Web App, Windows App
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Fokus

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On
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CamScanner

  • Use your camera phone to scan documents, notes, whiteboards, business cards or any other document
  • Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert images to readable text
  • Add annotations to your scanned documents
  • Sync documents across devices
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone 8
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