I’ve just mentioned again the Voice Dream TTS e-book reader, which can also read Web pages aloud.
But Voice Dream is hardly the only (partial) relief for the sight-impaired.
Also consider the “High Contrast” add-on for Google’s Chrome Web browser.
It doesn’t just add contrast to Web pages. “High Contrast” also turns black-on-white text into the reverse. Significantly, it works with the Kindle Cloud app within Chrome. KC itself offers white-on-black text but insufficient contrast for me on “normal” text.
High Contrast is free from Chrome’s Web store, which I’ve found endlessly useful as a way to pick up a number of apps at once for use on different devices running Chrome. Just key the words “High Contrast” into the search bar. Hello, librarians and educators? This is one option you should be mentioning to patrons, students and colleagues. Yes, similar solutions almost surely exist for other browsers, and I’d welcome suggestions in the comments area.
Detail: Ignore the less-than-perfect text in the screen shot. The actual “High Contrast” is much better.
- New version of Voice Dream—first-rate program for reading e-books aloud
- Voice Dream text-to-speech app can now play audiobooks, too, and soon you may be able to hear audios of PDFs while seeing the original layouts
- Wanted from OverDrive and rivals: Smarter software for library e-books
- New easy-to-use iOS app works with library-owned e-books and eliminates need for browser-based downloads
- Kindle Fire-usable version of OverDrive now in Amazon app store—and a new iOS version offers all-text bold, multiple columns, other capabilities