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Is there an ipad app that reads to you?

I'm trying to decide between an iPad or a Kindle and I'm wondering if the ipad has an app that reads books to you out loud?


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Although iBooks is the best app for reading e-Books on your iPad, sadly it doesn't natively support text-to-speech. You'd have to turn on accessibility mode to achieve this: Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver (on). Accessibility mode gets applied globally, meaning your iPad will think you're visually impaired and not only read everything to you out loud, but requires double-tapping to click buttons, and three fingers for scrolling. I'll admit that it's not the most pleasant experience, but it's the only workaround available.

If you're looking for an app that only reads books to you while the app is open (and thus eliminating the need to activate VoiceOver), there's a couple of e-Reader apps that do this natively such as VBookz, but once you open that app, you won't be able to access the books you saved in iBooks, and vice versa. The bottom line is that books belong to the app that you downloaded them from. So even though an app may have text-to-speech functionality, it will be limited to reading books only within that app. In the case of VBookz, you'll only be able to download books from their public domain library (classics like Jane Eyre, Shakespeare, etc). This makes it a great app for kids to learn classic books, but if you even want to read books other than those in the public domain, it's back to iBooks you go.

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Yes, and you don't even need an app to accomplish this. You can simply use iPad's built-in screen reader called VoiceOver, a text-to-speech tool that will read books back to you that you have downloaded into your iBooks app. Since it's an accessibility feature designed to help visually impaired users read, if you continue using VoiceOver outside of iBooks, it will continue reading everything that's on the screen. It will also require you to use double instead of single touches, and three-fingered swipes to scroll. You can always turn it off when you're done.


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I agree that having someone (or something) read a book to you is a much more enjoyable experience. One alternative you might want to consider instead of using VoiceOver is VBookz - it's an app that does exactly what you want: it reads your books to you, and doesn't rely on toggling the accessibility feature off and on. As a bonus, it comes pre-stocked with thousands of classic books like Moby Dick, Don Quixote, and Treasure Island.

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