Reading & Literacy Support

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, website, and apps focus on different forms of Reading and Literacy Support.

Reading & Literacy Support:


Natural Reader Logo
  • Text-to-Speech software which converts Microsoft Word, Webpages, PDFs, and Email into spoken text
  • Customize reading voice and speed for your readings
  • Floating toolbar to read text in other applications
  • Online Text-to-Speech program with options to input text from various sources on your computer
  • More Information:
Cost: Free Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS; Online Resource



Readbility Logo
  • Turns any webpage into a clean reading page
  • Eliminates distractions and other visual clutter
  • Read your articles now or save them for future reading
  • Adjust text size and line length for easier reading
  • Safari internet browser has built in feature that does similar features
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Online Resource; Android; iOS: iPad, iPhone



Rewordify Logo
  • Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are
  • easier to understand
  • Help build understanding within readings and builds vocabulary
  • Difficult words are replaced and highlighted
  • Click on the words that were replaced to see the original word in
  • the text
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Online Resource



Balabolka Logo
  • Text-to-Speech program using the voices installed on your computer
  • Save online text as mP3, mP4, WAV, OGG or WMA file for portable or later listening
  • Reads documents from the clipboard or file types such as DOC, EPUB, HTML, PDF, RTF, and more
  • Customize the background color, font size, and reading options including pitch and rate
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows


Voice Dream Reader

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  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Read by listening to the text, visually or both at the same time
  • Supports PDF, Word Docs, EPUB, DAISY, eBooks, Web pages and more with the ability to integrate your Bookshare books or books in Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Gutenberg and more
  • Includes multiple language options along with various fonts, including Open Dyslexic font, and voices, including the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps
  • More Information:
Cost: $9.99; VoiceDream Reader Lite – Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Beeline Reader

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  • Monochrome color text reader with Open Dyslexie Font
  • Read PDF files, webpages and convert ebooks to PDF files to be read with this program
  • Monochrome color text helps eyes to track lines of text for easier, faster reading by eliminating “line transition errors.”
  • Various monochrome color schemes for personalized use
  • More Information:
Cost: $1.99 – iOS app; browser extensions free
Compatibility: Browser Extension: Chrome & Firefox; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Desktop



GhostReader Logo
  • Text-to-Speech app for Mac computers
  • Reads your text aloud with the ability to customize voices and modify the pronunciation of words so it sounds correct when reading
  • Ability to zoom and highlight words
  • Covert text to audio files for on-the-go listening
  • Import text from a variety of formats including Text, Word, HTML, PDF & RTF
  • More Information:
Cost: $24.99 Compatibility: Mac



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  • Test your reading speed using Spritz to find your optimum reading speed to use in partnership with Readsy
  • Increase or decrease the test reading speed to find your balance of speed and comprehension
  • Spritz custom interface called the Spritzlet, adjusts word position and red letter placement for increased focus, attention and comprehension
  • Various website and apps have the Spritz Spritzlet embedded in it
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Web; iOS; Android



Readsy Logo
  • Use Readsy to focus your eyes on one word at a time without having to move them while reading
  • Upload a PDF, txt or copy and paste text into the website to have it read in their Readsy interact
  • Use Readsys Redicle, or interface adjusts position of word for optimum viewing in your eyes and highlights one letter of each word in red to help focus your eyes
  • Increase reading speed and comprehension using Readsy
  • Use Spritz to test yourself to find optimum reading speed
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Online Resource


vBookz PDF Reader

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  • Read PDF files with this app
  • Interactive cursor allows readers to follow along with text
  • Use annotation tools such as highlighting, text, notes, and bookmarks to help support your reading
  • Read books in text mode with the option for Dyslexie Font
  • Import PDFs using email, Dropbox, or through iTunes
  • More Information:
Cost: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch



Spreed Logo
  • Train yourself to increase your reading speed with Spreed
  • Import online articles and have them read at double or triple the speed
  • Spreed can train you to read between 200 and 400 words per minute
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Ivona MiniReader

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  • Use the Ivona Text-to-Speech Reader to read documents or webpages
  • Using the either the Full or Mini toolbar interface, click the play button to have webpages, emails, documents, and online news sources read out loud
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows



SpeakIt! Logo
  • Download this extension to have your text read out loud
  • Select the text you want ready by highlighting it and click the icon to have it read
  • Ability to adjust reading settings, including over 50 languages read
  • More Information:
Cost: Free Compatibility: Chrome Extension



Spreeder Logo
  • Free online web application to help you read faster
  • Copy and paste text from any source into the online application and spreed!
  • Words will flash at a words per minute rate as you read along and increase your reading speed
  • Ability to adjust words per minute speed, chunk size/number of words flashed, background color and more
  • More Information:
Cost: Free Compatibility: Online Resource


Text2Speech Logo
  • Enter text from any source and have it read out loud by this online resource
  • Ability to download file to an mp3 file
  • Customize voice and speed
  • 4000 character limit to text read
  • More Information:
Cost: Free Compatibility: Online Resource



iReadWrite Logo
  • Many of the popular features of Read & Write Gold available in an app
  • Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone and Confusable Word Checker, Dictionaries, and Customizable Voices, Fonts, Background, and Text Colors
  • No Wi-Fi or 3G access needed to run app
  • Ability to Import, Share, or Print Documents
  • More Information:
Cost: $19.99
Compatibility: iPad


ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator
  • Using the camera of your device, capture text and translate it using OCR
  • Easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, ads, etc.
  • Use VoiceOver (iPad only) to listen to your document in a text-to-speech format
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • More Information:
Cost: $9.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android


Capti Narrator

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  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Window and Mac Browser Extension



Prizmo Logo
  • Take a picture and have immediate conversion into text with this OCR program for text-to-speech
  • Ability to change the voice and interactive reading display with words highlighted as they are read
  • 10 different languages built in with over 30 addition for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text 
  • More Information:
Cost: $9.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone


Adobe Acrobat Reader

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  • Free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs
  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS



Bookshare Logo
  • Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities
  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs 
  • More Information:
Cost: Free with Print Disability
Compatibility: Online Resource


Go Read

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  • Download and listen to your Bookshare books on your Android device
  • Read DAISY and EPUB books with voice navigated and text-to-speech
  • Connects directly to online libraries, and Bookshare for quick download
  • Optimized for visually-impaired readers but usable for anyone
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Android



Read2Go Logo
  • Browse over 190,000 books for have access all of your Bookshare books on your mobile device
  • Easy use app to read text or turn on the text-to-speech mode
  • Control the text layout of the page for easier visual reading including font size, color, background and reading options such as reading speed, and voice options
  • Connect via Bluetooth to a braille display to read in Braille 
  • More Information:
Cost: $19.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch



 NaviDys Logo
  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Adjust the font to one of 10 available fonts including Dyslexie font
  • Adjust font size, letter spacing and line spacing of the webpage you’re reading
  • More Information:
Cost: $2.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Cometdocs PDF Converter

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  • Create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images, and other formats
  • Use within Google Drive with the converted documents waiting for you there
  • Use the web application, desktop app or app on your iOS device to convert documents too
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows; iPad, iPhone; Chrome Extension


ER Browser

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  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history
  • More Information:
Cost: $0.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

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  • Read your textbooks on the go – anywhere
  • Annotate your readings with highlights, sticky notes, and flags in your textbooks
  • Filter your notes and highlights onto one screen
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPad; Web App; Windows App


Evernote Clearly

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  • Use this tool to create distraction-free reading by removing visual clutter from web pages
  • Use the pre-created themes or create your own with color, font and text size
  • Save your readings to Everyone for later reading or archiving
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera



SoundGecko Logo
  • Read the web, PDFs, and emails with your ears
  • Put a web address and email into the website, and get an audio version of it sent directly to you
  • Listen to your websites on the go using their mobile apps
  • Choose your text-to-speech voices
  • More Information:
Cost: Free; Pro $2.95/month
Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone



Fokus Logo
  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: or
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On



CamScanner Logo
  • Use your camera phone to scan documents, notes, whiteboards, business cards or any other document
  • Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert images to readable text
  • Add annotations to your scanned documents
  • Sync documents across devices
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone 8



TalkingBrowser Logo
  • Browse the web while this app reads entire articles or select portions out loud to you using text-to-speech
  • Select one of five voices for text-to-speech with the additional options of adjustable sound pitch, variance and speed
  • Ability to zoom in, zoom out, or auto zoom the page for easier visual reading
  • More Information:
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

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