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Convert Word, PDF to Audio Speech

Make your documents talk! There are tons of tools available to do that, but I haven't seen any software of web service that converts Word documents, PDF files, Web Pages, RSS feeds and simple text files to audio files; All in One!

That is exactly what SpokenText does! What is SpokenText?
SpokenText is a Website that can be used to convert documents to audio files. The converted audio files can then be downloaded as mp3 files or iPod (.m4b) files. All this for Free.

There are five voices to choose from. Three English, one German and the other French. Yes! three languages are supported at present.
Users also get the option to adjust the words per minute and volume prior to recording a file.
Another nice feature is the ability to record via Email.

Now for the cons -
The website seems to be offline too often. Looks like that has been fixed at the time of writing this post.
Recoding a file takes a bit of time.
Even the file names are recorded, which I don't think is required.

My final note on this site; Good, but can be better!

[Visit SpokenText]

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Convert Text to Speech using the Address Bar

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, January 22, 2008


seems like a good service but I still wonder that why will someone make use of it. Coz If I want to record, I'll rather prefer a more human voice.

Thanks for the post

We have been fairly stable of late, have you found are site to be off-line a lot?

Recording's can take a little while to record it depends on how many other people are recording at the time. And how big the file is that you try to record.

I have thought about your comment about the filenames being recorded. I did this for people with low vision so that when they listen to their recordings on their iPod they know which file they are about to listen too. In the future we might offer a setting to not add the recording name to the file.

Thanks again for the post.

Mark McKay
Designer/Developer of
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on July 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
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Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on November 18, 2009 at 4:41 AM  
The service is only free for 7 days, and even then you can only convert a few dozen pages to audio before your free trial ends. At least that is my experience. After that, you have to subscribe (for $30 a year) if you want to use the service any more. Worked well, though.
Does not work if your PDF has multiple columns (like an article).
The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.