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Free or Low Cost Apps

Reading

Enjoy these apps that make reading even easier.  These are available for anyone to use and provide various support for reading in the form of print, digital text, audio, text-to-speech and more.

Bookshare

Bookshare logoBookshare:

  • online library of accessible reading materials
  • syncs to numerous websites and library sites
  • accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines
  • works with DAISY players, screen readers, refreshable braille displays, and other assistive tech.
  • Cost: free for qualified students, less that $1 per week for other members
  • Compatibility: online resource

Dolphin EasyReader

Dolphin EasyReader logoDolphin EasyReader:

  • accessible reading app that can link up to student Bookshare accounts (see Kelsey McLane for an account)
  • magnified text and/or audio
  • uses VoiceOver and built-in reader
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Speechify

speechify logoSpeechify:

  • text-to-speech to listen to your documents, books, and articles
  • HD voices and 50+ languages
  • toggle your reading speed up to 900 words per minute (5x speed)
  • import internet articles straight from your browser
  • scan physical book pages with your device camera
  • sync audiobooks across devices
  • Cost: free or $11.58 per month for Premium
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android, web browser extension

ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

TextGrabber Scan logoABBYY TextGrabber

  • use your device's camera to capture text and translate it using OCR to use with VoiceOver or Spoken content (text-to-speech)
  • easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, and more
  • text can be edited or copied to another sources
  • Cost: free with in-app purchases
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Beeline Reader

BeeLine Reader logoBeeline Reader:

  • monochrome color text reader
  • OpenDyslexic font
  • read PDF files, webpages, and convert eBooks to PDF files to read in this app
  • various monochrome color schemes
  • Cost: $1.99 for app, free in online browser
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Cometdocs PDF Converter

Cometdocs logoCometDocs PDF Converter:

  • create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, images and more
  • save to Google Drive
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: iOS, Windows, Chrome extension

Claro PDF Pro

Claro PDF Pro logoClaro PDF Pro:

  • listen to your PDFs using VoiceOver or Spoken Content
  • convert images to accessible PDF files that can be search, copied, or highlighted
  • change background and invert colors
  • annotate or mark up your document or images
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Claro ScanPen

Claro ScanPen logoClaro ScanPen:

  • listen to printed material
  • take a photo of your document, select text, and hear it being read
  • compatible with VoiceOver
  • multiple languages
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

CamScanner

CamScanner logoCamScanner:

  • take a picture of your document, note, whiteboard, and more
  • Use OCR feature to convert image to readable text
  • add annotations
  • sync across devices
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Go Read

Go Read logoGoRead:

  • download and listen to our Bookshare books on your Android device
  • works with DAISY and EPUB books with text-to-speech
  • connects to your Bookshare account
  • optimized for visually-impaired readers, but usable for anyone
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Android

HelperBird

Helperbird logoHelperBird:

  • text-to-speech and dictation for notes
  • customizable styles and colors
  • includes features for assistance with color blindness and zoom features
  • Dictionary, Google translate, dyslexic font and more
  • Cost: free or $4.99 per month for Premium
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

Immersive Reader

Immersive ReaderImmersive Reader:

  • built-in text decoding for students to assist with reading
  • dictation, focus mode, immersive reading, short lines, parts of speech supports, and more
  • Cost: free add-in through Office Suite
  • Compatibility: Edge browser, iOS, Windows

Mercury Reader

Mercury Reader logoMercury Reader:

  • removes distractions and clutter from webpages for easier reading
  • customize the size of the text or font
  • choose between light or dark background
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

NaturalReader

Natural Reader logoNatural Reader:

  • converts Word, webpages, PDFs, and email into spoken content
  • customize voices and speeds
  • flowing toolbar to read text in other apps
  • text-to-speech
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, online resource

ReadMe!

ReadMe! logoReadMe!

  • read EPUB, PDF, Word Docs, and TXT plain files
  • focused reading--either sentences or a few words at a time
  • uses Beeline or Spritz reader
  • sync across devices
  • Cost: $1.99 per month or $9.99 per year
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Rewordify

Rewordify logoRewordify:

  • takes confusing text and offers an easier way to understand content
  • copy and paste text that is hard to understand in the site, and it will reword it for you in simpler language
  • Learn more at: https://rewordify.com/ 
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: online resource

Select and Speak

Select and Speak logoSelect and Speak:

  • uses human-quality text-to-speech to read any selected text in browser
  • 20+ languages
  • change voice and speed in the settings
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

SwiftRead

SwiftRead logoSwiftRead:

  • speed read through text in your browser
  • copy and paste any text into the text box 
  • track your speed improvement
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension, Edge extension

vBookz PDF Reader

vBookz PDF Voice Reader logovBookz PDF Voice Reader:

  • text-to-speech voice reader with 17 languages
  • downloadable voices
  • change voice and reading speed
  • switch between original text layout and text-only view
  • dyslexic font
  • change color themes, fonts, and font sizes
  • Cost: free for limited, $4.99 for Pro 
  • Compatibility: iOS

Yuzu

Yuzu eReader logoYuzu:

  • load and read textbooks
  • highlight, make notes, and bookmarks
  • syncs across devices
  • adjust layout, font, and zoom
  • search for keywords, phrases, or figures
  • listen to your books with Read Aloud
  • download digital content for offline reading
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: iOS