Reading and E-Text Support


Microsoft Edge Browser

  • Browser with Text to Speech ability called Read Aloud
  • Customize reading voice, speed, and language for your readings.
  • Works well on CANVAS
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, iOS and Android


GOOGLE Chrome Browser

  • Browser with over 2 dozen accessibility features (extensions)
  • Customize your extensions to Chrome by adding the extensions of your choice
  • Works well on CANVAS
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, iOS and Android



  • Text-to-speech software which converts Microsoft Word, Webpages, PDFs, and Emails into spoken words
  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, Online Resource

Voice Dream Reader

  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech
  • 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
  • Sophisticated controls, synchronized word highlighting and auto-scrolling
  • Cost: $14.99 - iOS; $9.99 - Android
  • Compatibility: iOS, iPad, iPhone; Android


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource


  • 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 rates
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

Claro ScanPen

  • Listen to printed material on the spot
  • Take a photo of your printed document, select text with your finger, and have it read back to you
  • Compatible with Voiceover
  • Multiple languages
  • No internet connection required
  • Cost: $9.99 for iOS, Free for Android
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Claro PDF Pro

  • 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
  • Cost: $9.99 for iOS, Free for Android
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android


  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Web, iOS, Android


  • 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 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Online Resource

VBookz PDF Reader

  • 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
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac and Mac Book Pro

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Online Resource

ABBYY TextGrabber & Translator

  • Real-time translation 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
  • Text translation for 100+ languages with an internet connection
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • Cost: $3.99
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Android

Capti Voice

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac Browser Extensions

Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Windows, Mac OS


  • 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
  • Cost: Free with Print Disability
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Go Read

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatible: Android


  • Read2Go is the most accessible DAISY ebook reader for iOS
  • From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership
  • The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone


  • TurboScan allows you to use your iPhone to quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files
  • Some features include: Automatic document edge detection and perspective correction, Ultra-fast processing, SureScan mode for very sharp scans, Multipage editing (reorder, delete and add pages) and more!
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad; Android

Read&Write for Google Docs

  • Make any Google document accessible
  • Read&Write for Google Docs adds many of the popular support features of Read&Write GOLD to Google Docs documents including: Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool and Study Skills tools to capture Google highlights
  • Cost: Google Chrome Extension

Cometdocs PDF Converter

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOs, Android, Windows, Chrome Extension

Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOs, Android, Web App, Windows App


  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Mercury Reader

  • 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
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension