Cleveland State University

Disability Services

Android Reading Apps

Because Android is a fragmented platform some of the apps below may not work on specific devices. For all devices below running Android 4.1 or later will provide best results. The Amazon Kindle Fire player is a modified version of Android. So it may not offer some of the following apps because users are restricted by the version of the operating system and in which app stores they have access to. For all apps that are listed there are links provided for which app store it can be obtained from. The two app stores we will reference are the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store for Android. The Google Nexus or Google Play edition devices will always give the best results because they will be able to run the latest versions of Android.

TalkBack

TalkBack is the screen reader for Android. It changes all gestures that are used to interact with your device. This is because it is intended for blind and visually impaired users. TalkBack would not be efficient for most people with print disabilities to use to assist in reading.

To turn on TalkBack

There are two ways to turn on Talkback. The first is to hold two fingers in the middle of the screen during device startup. It will ask if you want to start TalkBack and then give you the option to go through a tutorial to learn the new gestures. The second way to turn it on is to go into Settings on your Android. Open Accessibility and tap on TalkBack. Under the TalkBack options is located an On button to activate the app.

Easy Text to Speech Pro

This app is a clipboard reader for Android. Any text that is highlighted and saved to the clipboard is read with the selected Google Text-to-Speech compatible engine voices. It is similar to the iOS Speak Selection tool but does not have the pause option.

For a quick demo for Easy Text to Speech Pro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40JNtcgDeYQ

You can purchase EZ Text to Speech Pro for $4.00at
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easysolutions.easytexttospeechpro

PDF to Speech Pro

PDF to Speech Pro can read PDF, ePub, word doc, and plain text formats. This app is the closest you can get to Voice Dream on Android. It also works well with TalkBack. PDF to Speech Pro will read documents in the background as if it is a media player.

Using Dropbox with PDF to Speech Pro

You cannot open files on Dropbox directly from PDF to Speech Pro. You will need to have the Dropbox App installed to access those documents. You can Access books on Dropbox by opening its app and when you open a file you choose to open it with PDF to Speech Pro. A demonstration can be found at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCsAjlFuif4

You can find instructional YouTube videos at this link
http://www.youtube.com/user/PdfToSpeech

You can purchase PDF to Speech Pro for $2.99 from
Google Play Store
Amazon App Store for Android

Moon Plus Reader Pro

Moon+ Reader Pro reads epub, txt, and pdf This app does not work at all with TalkBack. It does work better with Dropbox.

To Turn on the TTS

  1. Press the middle of the screen to go to Options
  2. Select the Speaker icon which is for TTS Options
  3. Divide Content can be set to period, Paragraph, page, or comma which controls what it reads before pausing
  4. The gear icon opens the TTS voice settings where you set your TTS Voice and language
  5. Stop TTS can be set for a time limit as a sleep mode. This is recommended to be unchecked
  6. Donít show this again can be unchecked if you want to leave TTS on.
  7. Press the Start TTS button
  8. Controls for Text to Speech

    At the bottom of the app there are buttons for Play, Pause, Skip Back by Page or Paragraph, Stop, or Skip forward by Paragraph or Page. You can use gestures to swipe one finger up or down to adjust volume and swipe two fingers up or down for speech rate.

    Pulling in files from Dropbox

    1. Go to the Moon+ Reader Pro Home screen
    2. Press the local files icon on the left side
    3. Press Dropbox
    4. You need to Login to Dropbox
    5. Press Allow to give the App permission to access all files and folders on Dropbox
    6. Press a file to download it to Moon+ Reader
    7. The file will open

    This file will now appear in the apps library.

    This app is available for $4.99 from
    Google Play Store
    Amazon App Store for Android

    Learning Ally Audio

    This is a free app for reading Learning Ally books available for Android. The app is in a public beta so there may be some bugs. It does not provide as much control as using a player like the Victor Stream but it is one less device to carry. This app is only available from the Google play Store and requires Android 4.1.

    To use the app you will need a login for LearningAlly.org. We no longer have a LearningAlly subscription for the institution but can assist students with the certification paperwork to obtain a membership.

    For more information on the Learning Ally Audio app including instructions and compatibility visit
    http://www.learningally.org/support-topic/ios-login-help/

    You can download the Learning Ally Audio app for free at
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.learningally.learningallyaudioandroid

    Dropbox

    We can send your alternative textbooks to you via Dropbox. This will make them available to you faster and on any of your devices. To get files on your Android phone or tablet you will need to download the Dropbox app.

    You can get the Dropbox app for free from
    Google Play Store
    Amazon App Store for Android

    Text to Speech Voices

    There are many text to speech engines available on the Google Play Store. The voices that you download for android can be used in all apps that use TTS features. If you are not happy with the built-in voices for Android or are looking for something higher quality you can check out the following voices.

    Ivona

    The Ivona Text-to-Speech Engine HQ is the app that controls the various Ivona voices. There are Ivona voices for several languages like English, Spanish, German, and Polish. The Ivona Voices are free for download during the Beta testing period. There is no indication of what the prices will be when the Beta expires. You will be able to find them if you search the Google Play Store for Ivona. Amazon purchased the Ivona text to speech software and makes it available for free to users of Kindle Fire devices.

    To download Ivona Text-to-Speech HQ for free at the Google Play Store
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ivona.tts
    Ivona Kendra US English
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ivona.tts.voicebeta.eng.usa.kendra

    eSpeak

    This is a more robotic voice that can read at very high speeds. Most people will not like the quality of the voice. It is intended for people that like to read at high speeds and are more comfortable with older text to speech engines. It reads in 40 languages. It is also free.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.googlecode.eyesfree.espeak

    Cereproc

    These are high quality voices that can be purchased relatively cheaply. The voices are around $1.62 each. The US English voice is named Katherine. It can be found at
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cereproc.Katherine

    Acapela

    The Acapela Text to Speech engine has the widest range of High quality voices. You can even get an evil bad guy or a voice that sounds like yoda. The Acapela voices are more expensive per voice than other paid engines at around $4.59 each. The Acapela control panel is free but the voices are bought individually via an in app purchase. You can download the Acapela TTS engine at
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Disability Services
2121 Euclid Avenue
MC 147
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom 147
1899 E. 22nd
Phone: 216.687.2015
Fax: 216.687.2343

E-mail Tests To:
ods@csuohio.edu
Web Contact
Jeffrey Dell
j.dell@csuohio.edu
216.687.2015

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