Capti is a universally accessible literacy platform enabling and empowering students to keep up with reading and develop active reading strategies.
There is a Premium version which has more features.
Download your PDFs, Word docs, EPUB books, plain text or PowerPoints straight into Natural Reader. Read them aloud using the play and stop buttons using your preferred voice, language and speed.
Natural Reader Help explains how to use it.
Free versions for iOS or Android, Mac and Windows
Readium is a Chrome app Epub reader.
Drag and drop an ePub file into the window.
There are many assistive technology tools which can help you choose how you want to access material and these can really improve your productivity.
Some of these are free for you to download and use on your own devices and there are also some applications which the University has made available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres.
iPad and iPhones will read selected text, or the whole screen to you using an inbuilt voice.
Android also has built-in speech. Greenbot gives more information on android speech.
ClaroRead Chrome is a toolbar which offers some of the functions of the full ClaroRead software within the Chrome web browser. It works with web pages, PDFs and also files accessed through Google Drive.
A video introduction to the ClaroRead Chrome Extension:
Help Guides are also available on the Claro website.
Balabolka is a free Text-To-Speech (TTS) program which can use any installed voices on your system. It has a high quality feel and is easy to use. There are inbuilt features which improve clarity and articulation, including changing pitch, rate and pronunciation.
Balabouka can read clipboard content, view text from documents, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. The on-screen text can be saved in all popular audio formats: WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.
There are options to change how on-screen text is displayed, such as customising font and background colours. Files can be split into more manageable ‘chunks’. When an audio file is presented with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text can be displayed synchronously making it suitable for supporting reading skills.
Another text-to-speech (TTS) application. It will read text aloud using any voices already built into your computer (such as the one in Windows). Output files can be saved in many common audio formats, such as WAV, MP3 or OGG.
Text can be read back at a different pitch or speed (while speaking) for user convenience. Multiple voices can be applied to the same track to simulate dialogue. Text is pasted into a window or read directly from the clipboard. Dspeech has integrated Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to recognise commands
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader which enables vision impaired people to use computers. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. Commercial screen readers are expensive, but as NVDA is open source it is free. It’s been downloaded 70,000+ times, in 43 languages.
NVDA can also convert the text into braille if you have an attached “braille display”.
NVDA works with Microsoft Windows. You can download it to your PC, or to a USB stick which you can use with any computer.
You can access the User Guide any time under ‘Help’ in the NVDA menu. Press INSERT and the ‘N’ key or right click on the NVDA icon in your task bar.
Chrome extension: The ChromeVox screen reader is a screen reader extension for Chrome.
Simple yet powerful navigation is easy to learn and quickly gets new users up to speed browsing web sites and web-based applications eyes-free.
Documentation is available at chromevox.com for the user guide, tutorial, keyboard shortcut and developer reference guides.
VoiceOver gives you auditory descriptions of each onscreen element on your Mac and provides helpful hints along the way — whether you prefer using gestures, a keyboard or a braille display. It supports more than 30 languages, including multiple voice options.
VoiceOver is deeply integrated within macOS and all the built-in apps on Mac. As developers update their apps to take advantage of the accessibility interfaces provided by Apple, their apps can start working with VoiceOver straightaway.
A Chrome Extensions which turns Google Chrome into a speech recognition app to dictate documents, emails and essays without touching the keyboard.
Use your voice to enter text on your Mac. The Dictation feature converts your spoken words into text.
Dictate text using Speech Recognition in Windows. You can use your voice to dictate text to your Windows PC.