For a very limited time, Voice Dream Reader – Text to Speech is on sale for $4.99 – 50% discount

If you like books, this is a must have application for your device. Voice Dream Reader turns every book you own into an audiobook. You can listen to whatever you want, wherever you want. You don’t have to wait nor do you have to pay the massive expensive of audiobooks. Simply load your book into Voice Dream and listen to it any time. I’ve listened to the Classics downloaded off Gutenberg as well as book ordered off Amazon. Voice Dream supports Dropbox which makes it incredibly easy to import your books. And just because a book comes from Amazon doesn’t mean you can’t listen to it. Voice Dream can’t directly read those pesky DRM protected .MOBI files, but with the power of Calibre you can easily convert them so you can listen to anything you buy off Amazon. Voice Dream is a great app to have while working around the house, mowing the lawn or driving in the car. I’ve […]

Voice Dream–My Impressions After Listening for a few Hours

Now that I’ve spent some time with Voice Dream the Text to Speech Reader I wanted to share a few thoughts. First of all, for those that don’t know, Voice Dream is a text to speech reader that takes whatever text you feed it and reads it back to you while a highlighter moves across the text so you can follow along. It’s a very good idea that lets you listen to text on the go so you can keep reading your books, Word documents or web pages while you do other tasks. Voice Dream supports opening files from Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg as well as the clipboard or entering text into an editor. Voice Dream can read PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Apple Pages, RTF and HTML files, so right off the bat you have a pretty big pool of resources to pull from. Really the only omission is the Kindle Mobi format, but those […]

Some Audiobooks are MIA

I’ve downloaded both Aubiobooks  and the Audiobook player, but I’ve run into the same problem with both apps; they can’t find audiobooks. They’re both quite good at getting the most common audiobooks but they both have severe limitations in locating short stories and certain titles. For example, they both fail to find "The Purloined Letter", "The Black Cat", "The Monkey’s Paw", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and "The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Raven Edition, Volume 2". Other titles like "Fanny Hill" also fail to come up, even though all these titles are easily found on the Librivox web site. Strangely both apps require a Internet connection in order to do a search for a book, but alas, the search doesn’t seem to be all that extensive. Very disappointing it can’t locate these titles.

iPod apps for Librivox

I’ve been a fan of Librivox and Project Gutenberg for years, but until recently I haven’t really been able to take full advantage of their offerings. And now, I can’t seem to get enough. Now that the iPod makes it so damn easy to download both the text and audio, I’ve listened to more classics in the past two weeks than I have in the past two years. If you think Harry Potter and Twilight are literature, then shove off, clearly we’re not on the same page. Go "Sparkle" elsewhere! However, if you want to involve yourself with real writers like Bram Stoker (who started this whole vampire craze in the first place, just FYI), Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Poe and hundreds of others then you can download one or two apps, some are free with the biggest price tag being $0.99 and you’re well on your way to some damn fine entertainment. If nothing else, at least you’ll […]