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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

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

Features:

  • 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: http://www.abbyy.com/textgrabber_ios/

Cost: Free with in-app purchases

Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android


Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Features:

  • 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: http://help.adobe.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS


Balabolka

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


Beeline Reader

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.beelinereader.com/

Cost: $1.99 – iOS app; browser extensions free

Compatibility: Browser Extension: Chrome & Firefox; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Desktop


Bookshare

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Features:

  • 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: https://www.bookshare.org/

Cost: Free FREE for qualified U.S. students and schools, and less than $1 per week for other members

Compatibility: Online Resource


Capti Narrator

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Features:

  • 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: https://www.captivoice.com/capti-site/

Cost: Free with in-app

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Window and Mac Browser Extension


Cometdocs PDF Converter

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.cometdocs.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; iPad, iPhone; Chrome Extension


Claro PDF Pro

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Features:

  • Listen to your PDFs read aloud using the built in voices on iOS as well as 4 high quality voices
  • Convert images to fully accessible PDF files that can be spoken, searched, copied, or highlighted
  • Change the background color of document and invert the text colors
  • Annotate and mark up your document using highlights, underlines, strike outs, notes, drawing, insert images, audio, video and more
  • More Information: https://www.clarosoftware.com/portfolio/claropdf/

Cost: $9.99 (Free version also available)

Compatibility: iOS; Android


Claro ScanPen

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Features:

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS; Android


CamScanner

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Features:

  • 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: https://www.camscanner.net/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android


Fokus

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Features:

  • 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: https://chrome.google.com or https://addons.mozilla.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On


GhostReader

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader

Cost: $14.99-$19.99

Compatibility: Mac


Go Read

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Features:

  • 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: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reading-tools/goread

Cost: Free.

Compatibility: Android


HelperBird

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Features:

Cost: Free version and $4.99/month for Plus version

Compatibility: Chrome Browser Extension


Immersive Reader

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Features:

  • Built-in text decoding solutions for students to assist with reading
  • Enhanced dictation, focus mode, immersive reading, font spacing, short lines, parts of speech supports, syllabification, and comprehension mode
  • More Information: https://www.onenote.com/learningtools

Cost: Free add-in through Office Suite

Compatibility: Edge Browser, iOS, Windows


Ivona MiniReader

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Features:

  • Use the Ivona Text-to-Speech Reader to read documents or webpages
  • Using either the Full or Mini toolbar interface, click the play button to have webpages, emails, documents, and online news sources read out loud
  • Available installation via third party sites

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


Mercury Reader

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Features:

  • Remove clutter from webpages for easier reading
  • Customize the size of the test, the font, and if it’s a light or dark themed background
  • Send the reading to Kindle for reading on that device
  • More Information: https://mercury.postlight.com/reader/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


NaturalReader

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.naturalreaders.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS; Online Resource


Open Library

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Features: 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Prizmo

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Features:

  • 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: https://apps.apple.com/app/id546392952?mt=12

Cost: Free and Purchase Pro option ($49.99-$74.99)

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone


Read Mode

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Features: 

  • Remove distractions from reading on the internet with this app
  • Click the Chrome Extension for clean reading with black text on white background
  • Ads and flash animations removed by the click of a button
  • More Information: https://goo.gl/wY6nY

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Read2Go

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Features:

  • Browse over 190,000 books to 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: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reading-tools/read2go

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


ReadMe!

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Features:

  • Read PDF and ePUB files on your tablet when you upload them to your bookshelf
  • Spritz Reader is integrated into it – a tool for speed reading showing one word at a time to the reader
  • Beeline Reader – polychromatic text color reader integrated into pay option of app
  • More Information: https://www.readmei.com/

Cost: Free with Spritz Reader but Beeline Reader has additional monthly ($0.99), yearly ($4.99) or lifetime membership options

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch; Android


Readsy

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.readsy.co/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Rewordify

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Features:

  • 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: http://rewordify.com

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Select and Speak (formerly SpeakIt!)

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Features:

  • Select the text you want read aloud in your browser
  • Click on the SpeakIt! Icon and the text will be read out loud
  • Can read text in more than 50 languages
  • Ability to add new voices and change the speaking rate
  • More Information: https://www.ispeech.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Speechify

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Features:

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPhone; Mac; Android; Online Resource


Spreed

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Features:

  • 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: https://goo.gl/uHKNHO

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Spreeder App

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.spreeder.com/app.php

Cost: Free for the app; $67 for Spreed CX

Compatibility: Speed read 46 different file & e-book formats; online resource


Spritz

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.spritzinc.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Web; iOS; Android


Text2Speech

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.text2speech.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Voice Dream Reader

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.voicedream.com

Cost: $14.99 iOS; $9.99 Android

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


vBookz PDF Reader

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Features: 

  • 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: http://vbookz.com/

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

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Features:

  • 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: https://www.yuzu.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPad; Web App; Windows App


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