Athol Daily News – Ask the PC Doctor: Can I turn an ebook into an audiobook?
Published: 08/14/2022 16:17:30
Modified: 08/14/2022 16:14:05
DEAR PC DOCTOR: I love listening to audiobooks on my phone. Sometimes the title I want to read is available digitally as an eBook, but there is no audiobook. Is there a way to turn it into an audiobook?
—Thank you, avid listener
Dear passionate listener:
It’s an interesting question. Most smartphones have a text-to-speech feature – You can try enabling it and see how you like the way it voices your ebook. It won’t be the same as having a skilled actor, but it could be good enough for a listen when you need your eyes to look away from the screen.
If you have an iPhone, you’ll want to enable it in settings. Follow the path Settings – Accessibility – Spoken Content, and enable Speak Selection and/or Speak Screen. Next, select Voice Controller and enable it. If you choose Speak Selection, the phone will read aloud any text you have highlighted and selected. If you choose Speak Screen, you’ll use two fingers to swipe up and down; the phone will then read aloud whatever is on the page.
If you have another type of device, search the internet for screen or accessibility features and see what’s available. Then it will be up to you whether you are happy with the experience it provides.
Hope that helps! Until next time, Happy Computing!
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, c/o Athol Public Library, [email protected] or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or deposited at the library.