iPhone ePub reader to read books aloud

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by lordofthereef, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. lordofthereef macrumors G4

    lordofthereef

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    looking for an ePub reader that reads books aloud. I realize I can do this in iBooks but I have to make giant selections manually and it's just a hassle.

    Ideally this app would read ePub from drop box (or similar cloud storage), have a relatively human like voice (something like Siri is fine, just not terribly robotic), and not require the screen to be on/active while playing.

    Only such thing I may have come across is Audibook but it's not available in the US AppStore.
     
  2. spitf1r3 macrumors regular

    spitf1r3

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    The best e-book reading app I know (Hyphen - eBook Reader for ePub) doesn't seem to have this yet - but it might be a good idea to ask the developer behind it to add that feature ;)
     
  3. gaidinsgirl, Jan 14, 2016
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    gaidinsgirl macrumors newbie

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    Voice dream is my favorite. It is pricey but absolutely worth it to me. It only opens drm free books though. I bought the app and the Salli voice and listen to all my books there. It pauses/plays the way music does, so headphones can pause the app. It will play in the background with the screen off. It was exactly what I was looking for.

    Voice Dream Reader by Voice Dream LLC
    https://appsto.re/us/kiXKD.i
     
  4. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    The only way this is acceptable is if you're visually impaired and there is no other option. Audiobooks are an art form. A book well read by a talented voice artist is a delight. Try Christopher Moore's "Blood Sucking Fiends" read by Susan Bennett (the voice behind Siri), or Patrick Tull's masterful rendition of all 20 1/3 books in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, or George Guidall reading Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" or even the authors themselves reading their own works, including some voices we shall never hear again: Douglas Adams reading "Hitchhiker's Guide" or Christopher Hitchens reading "God is not Great" ...

    Now highlight a chunk of text and run it through a reader program. It's flat, robotic, without the slightest comprehension. It adds nothing to the text - indeed, it detracts.

    Full disclosure: I've been an Audible customer for 12 years.
     

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