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Best 8 Text to Speech Apps for Android

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Do you often need to read a lot of articles, web pages, ebooks or other documents on your smartphones? If you do, you'll certainly find reading the tiny text on a mobile screen is quite a painful experience. Besides, it's rather difficult for the visually impaired, the dyslexic or the elders to catch the information on the screen. Fortunately, there are a number of text to speech apps that can convert written text to natural-sounding voice and save you much trouble. Here's my top pick of the best text to speech apps for Android. I strongly recommend that every Android user should keep one in handy.

Text to Speech Apps1. @Voice Aloud Reader
2. Voice Dream Reader
3. eReader Prestigio: Book Reader
4. Librera Reader
5. Pocket
6. Narrator's Voice
7. Google Text-to-Speech
8. Talk FREE

How to Use Text-to-Speech Apps for DRM-ed Ebooks

Actually, text to speech apps are especially useful for ebook reading. Instead of spending a lot on audiobooks, you can easily have the ebooks read aloud with the help of a text to speech app and thus turn your ebooks into audiobooks for free.

However, if you want to take a text to speech app to listen to DRM-protected ebooks from Kindle, Kobo, Google Play or anywhere else, you've got to do one more thing, that is, to remove the DRM. Here I'd like to recommend you a powerful software combining both DRM removal and ebook converter—Epubor Ultimate. All you need to do is to add your ebooks to the software, choose the output format and start DRM removing and converting. After that, just simply transfer the DRM-free books to your text to speech app for listening. For more details about this software, you can read Epubor Ultimate User Guide.

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1. @Voice Aloud Reader

@Voice Aloud Reader is one of the best free text to speech apps for Android users. Using this app, you are able to easily listen to web pages, emails, TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, OpenOffice documents and even EPUB, MOBI, PRC, AZW, FB2 ebooks. It's an all-in-one app which can be served as an HTML reader, document reader and also ebook reader. There is a wide selection of different voices and languages. And it's easy to control the volume, pitch and rate of speech as you like. If you are someone who suffers from frequent eye fatigue because of long-time reading on the smartphones, @Voice Aloud Reader is definitely worth your consideration which can read to you almost all the screen information.

@Voice Aloud Reader

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android
  • Supported File Formats: HTML, TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, OpenOffice, EPUB, MOBI, PRC, AZW, FB2

2. Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream Reader is an accessible text to speech app for both Apple and Android devices, which allows you to listen to PDF, DRM-free EPUB and DAISY ebooks and more file formats as if they were just audiobooks, with play-pause button, gestures or remote control. You can import files from anywhere like DropBox, GoogleDrive, iCloud, Pocket, Instapaper and Bookshare or just directly from your local device. Voice Dream Reader also offers additional features like bookmarking, note taking and a built-in dictionary. The visually impaired, those with dyslexia and everyone prefer audiobooks to ebooks will all benefit from the ability to have the documents read aloud or appreciate the synchronized combination of text and audio.

Voice Dream Reader

  • Price: $9.99
  • Available for: Android, iOS
  • Supported File Formats: DOC, TXT, XLS, PPT, PDF, EPUB, HTML, RTF, ZIP, MP3, MP4, WAV, M4A, DAISY 2

3. eReader Prestigio: Book Reader

eReader Prestigio is an ebook reader with text-to-speech support for Android operating systems. Developed in a multi-lingual, multi-format user interface, this app allows you to organize and read your ebooks or audiobooks in over 25 languages, and load a number of file formats including epub, pdf, mobi, Adobe DRM and etc. Even better, you can download thousands of free books directly from the app itself. With text-to-speech features, eReader Prestigio can read the ebooks into your ear so you'll be more relaxed than reading by yourself. If you want an eReader app that supports text to voice, make eReader Prestigio as one of the preferences.

eReader Prestigio

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android
  • Supported File Formats: DOC, HTML, TXT, PDF, MOBI, EPUB, EPUB 3, Adobe DRM, RTF, DjVu, FB2, FB2.ZIP

4. Librera Reader

Librera is a free light-weight application for Android devices that allows you to read all kinds of books in almost any ebook format. The support of CBZ and CBR formats even makes it a good manga app. With text to speech, you can have the app read out loud any books for you. In addition, this highly customizable and feature-rich app offers an absolutely comfortable reading experience one can imagine like a modern reading design, library search, favorites list, and night or daytime mode. With this app, you will be able to organize all of your ebooks and manage your own library.

Librera

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android
  • Supported File Formats: HTML, TXT, PDF, EPUB, EPUB3, MOBI, DjVu, AZW, AZW3, FB2, FB2.ZIP, RTF, ODT, XPS, CBZ, CBR, TIFF, PDB, MHT, OPDS

5. Pocket

Pocket is an excellent place to save your favorite contents to read them later. It's available for Android, iOS, PC and even Kindle Fire. Whenever you meet with any news, magazine articles, stories or web pages from any device, publisher or app, you are able to bookmark and share them to Pocket and get access to them later on any of your devices as long as it's registered with your account. Pocket also has a built-in text to speech engine, which converts all the text information into an eyes-free experience. Now you can have the app read to you while you're commuting, cooking or doing chores.

Pocket

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android, iOS, PC, Kindle Fire

6. Narrator's Voice

Narrator's Voice, another free text to speech app, lets you convert text to audio file mp3 or video mp4 and share on social networks. You can just simply paste or upload the text and get the audio in different languages, voices and sound effects. You can even store the text as audio files for offline use. In addition, it can be equally successful when used to read text from apps, web or other sources, and with images, slide shows, or any e-learning projects. The most attractive feature of this app is the wide selection of special sound effects for you to apply such as echo, gargle, reverb, chorus and etc.

Narrator's Voice

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android, iOS

7. Google Text-to-Speech

Google Text-to-Speech is a screen reader app developed by Google and Android operating system. It powers lots of third-party apps to read aloud the text on the screen. For example, it can be used by Google Play Books to read aloud your favorite book in a voice that strongly resembles natural English or any other supported languages, by Goole Translate to read aloud translations so you can know how to pronounce a word, by Google Talkback for spoken feedback across the device.

Notes: On most Android devices, Google Text-to-Speech is already turned on, but some may need to install it on Google Play Store. To enable Google Text-to-Speech, go to Settings>Language&Input>Text-to-speech output, and select Google Text-to-Speech Engine as the preferred TTS engine.

Google Text-to-Speech

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android

8. Talk FREE

Talk FREE, a popular and minimal text to speech app, features reading web pages, exporting audio as WAV files and converting text in lots of languages with an internet connection. Note that Talk FREE relies on your phone's built-in TTS engine to work. If you have it disabled or uninstalled, you should enable it or re-download Google Text-to-Speech engine.

Talk FREE

  • Price: free
  • Available for: Android

Conclusion

Whether you're trying to get a single page or a whole ebook to read aloud to you, there are many great and free text to speech apps available. The apps mentioned above can definitely serve your needs with multi functions and simple design. Just give some a try and select one that suits you best. Or if you have other recommendations that were not mentioned, just feel free to leave a comment below and you're always welcome to share a view.

One last thing I want to remind you—If you want to use text to speech apps to listen to DRM-protected books, make sure that the DRM is removed successfully before transferring them to these apps. Here the best tool is already prepared for you.

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05/16/2019 04:55:15
I already use @Voice Aloud Reader and I can confirm it's a very good app.
The quality of the English and Italian voices in high.
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05/16/2019 17:09:21
Thank you for your comments. I feel very glad that you like it!
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