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Listen to iBooks read by your iPhone
Have you ever purchased an iBook and then wished that you had an audiobook version of it? Macworld UK's Mark Hattersley wrote a wonderful post today on how to use Siri Dictation to speak either a portion or all of the text from an iBook. Tap Speak Selection, slow down the speaking rate a bit to make Siri's reading somewhat more natural sounding, and then turn on Highlight Words so that you can see where Siri is reading in the iBook.
Siri trick turns iBooks into audiobooks
I like them when I drive long distances. Now, I purchase a lot of iBooks, but not many audiobooks. Any iBook will do; even a sample. Make sure you have one in iBooks before you get started. Next, tap into your Settings app and then General, and then tap on Accessibility. Once there, tap on Speak Selection. Toggle the feature to ON, and you can then choose a voice in the Voices menu with yet another tap.
Have your iPhone or iPad read books to you with VoiceOver
Lory Gil on November 9, Even people who love reading books all of the time will sometimes get too busy to sit down on the couch and spend a few hours with their nose in their favorite novel.
You don't need to pay for an Audible subscription to have your iPhone read books to you. By enabling an accessibility setting, you can make your iPhone read the text of whatever it is you have open, from a book in iBooks to an article you have open in Safari or another app. This setting is also available on iPads. It's not a perfect replacement for Audible, though, since AI does the reading instead of an actual living, breathing human. You do have options, however, for the type of voice and language you'd like to hear.
There are a few in fact, a lot of them exist books on the iBooks store which your iPad can read-aloud! Makes sense: a book-like interface that reads out aloud to your kids as they listen to their bed-time stories. Interestingly, quite a lot of these books also highlight the words that are being read out so it is easier for the kids to follow. Using the iBook to read-aloud your book is easy on the iPad. Step 1. First off, get a book that has real-aloud features enabled. Download it to your library from the iBook Store.
There's 3 ways to do this. Select Voice Over. You can select multiple features and then choose the one you want to use when activating the Triple-Click feature. Don't activate Triple-Click just yet. Select the book you want to read. Let's choose "Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson".