Current options to have ebrary books read aloud – overview

Currently we have several options to have ebrary books read aloud:

  • Use a screen reader such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver to have an ebrary book’s text read aloud.
    • Most users who require text to speech are already familiar with a particular screen reader.
    • When reading an ebrary book online, the default mode is not screen-readable text.  You need to use a screen reader such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver to detect and select the option for screen-readable text.
    • To turn on screen-readable-text mode, have the screen reader start reading the ebrary page.  It will “read” an option to view in screen-readable-text format.  Once that is turned on, the text of the ebrary book can be read by the screen reader.
    • For additional details, see: more info
  • Or, Full Download the book, then view the downloaded book in Adobe Digital Editions version 3 or later.  The displayed text will be readable by programs such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver.
  • Or, Print to PDF a particular page range of the book, then use an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program to convert the image of text to actual text.
    • ebrary PDFs are image PDFs, not text-based PDFs, so an OCR program is needed to convert the picture of letters into decipherable letters.
    • Kurzweil 3000 standalone is a popular third-party OCR and “read aloud” program.
      • We do not yet certify nor guarantee that a particular ebrary PDF will work with Kurzweil 3000, but we know it works on many of our PDFs – it depends on how the PDF file was delivered to us from the publisher.  Free trials of Kurzweil 3000 standalone are available for download off the web.

ebrary plans to offer epub format in the future, which will provide flowable text and will allow for additional read-aloud options.