Voice Dream: An accessible reader for DAISY and EPUB
Voice Dream Reader is a versatile reading tool for iOS and Android. It can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $9.99. Featuring Dyslexia friendly font, text and audio synchronization, customizable font size and colour combinations, as well as full VoiceOver support - this app is useful for all, including individuals with different disabilities.
Voice Dream Reader supports many file formats including DAISY 3.0 text-only, DAISY 2.02 audio, DRM-free EPUB, PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML and zipped MP3 files.
Voice Dream Reader comes with Heather, the American English voice from Acapela and works with all the other voices built into iOS 7. Voice Dream Reader offers nearly 100 additional voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech, available through in-app purchases, and they cost $1.99, $2.99 or $4.99.
This app provides many navigation and reading options including navigation by sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter; adding bookmarks, notes, and highlights, reading speed control, pronunciation dictionary and more.
For a complete list of supported file formats, text-to-speech (TTS) voice options and other features, visit the Voice Dream Reader website.
The article A Review of the Voice Dream Reader for iOS: A One-Stop Solution – by Bill Holton (AFB) provides a detailed walkthrough of the app interface and useful tips for VoiceOver users.
The Hadley Institute iFocus series video on Using Voice Dream is also very detailed and informative.
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