Text to speech systems are not unknown — you use it while conversing with Alexa or Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant. Though previously, it was only used for building accessible apps and speech-powered chatbots, its applications have grown in the last decade like in the area of audiobooks that help people enjoy stories or learn new things while multitasking.
Thanks to its growing popularity in the last decade, there are tons of text to speech (TTS) system providers, making it difficult for you to pick the best tool per your requirements. That is why I have compiled this list of the best text to speech apps to guide you. This list features premium as well as free apps.
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NaturalReader is an easy-to-use text to speech software that can work with a variety of text files. It provides 100+ highly accurate and natural-sounding voices in 10+ languages. Interestingly, you can also upload text files directly from cloud storage platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
It supports most document formats such as PDF, TXT, DOCX, PPTX, ODS, ODT, and non-DRM EPUB. NaturalReader comes in three versions: Online, Software, and Commercial with Online Premium starting at $9.99/month and Commercial Single starting at $49/month for one user and $10/month for each extra user.
Linguatec Voice Reader is one of the best text-to-speech tools in the market that can easily convert text files into audio streams. Its most interesting feature is the set of 60+ astonishingly natural-sounding high-quality voices. You can choose any one of these professional voices to convert your texts into audios.
Linguatec provides high-accuracy transcription solutions, thanks to its four products: Voice Reader Home, Voice Reader Studio, Voice Reader Server, and Voice Reader Web. Its Home edition costs €49 (approx. US$59) per voice, which may seem very expensive — especially when compared to NaturalReader.
Capti is a productivity powerhouse including a text to speech engine, which works online as well as offline. It provides a natural-sounding listening experience in 20+ languages and integrates with cloud platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, allowing you to upload files directly from them.
Capti Voice — its solution for educators — is a literacy and learning platform. As an educator, Capti Voice lets you help students overcome language barriers with personalized learning and teaching strategies. Capti Voice can narrate a large variety of text documents such as articles, ebooks, and web pages.
Voice Dream Reader is an impressive text to speech application that gives high-quality reading and listening experience. It offers 200+ voices in 30+ languages (more than the above apps) and features synchronized text highlighting, auto-scrolling, and a distraction-free view which helps you to focus and better comprehend or learn the content.
ReadSpeaker offers a range of online and offline text-to-speech solutions for websites, mobile apps, embedded devices, and more. Surprisingly, it avails 200+ voices in 50+ languages with 90+ self-branded quality voices. ReadSpeaker offers a host of solutions, so I will focus on its general-purpose solutions.
Speech Central is a superb text-to-speech solution, allowing you to listen to your favorite ebooks, blogs, or web pages. This app is specially designed for users with disabilities like dyslexia. It also offers features to listen to an article later, check your listening/reading history, and perform handy tasks.
KNFB Reader is an easy to use text to speech converter. It is specially built for people with disabilities like low vision, dyslexia, etc. You can take a picture of any text, and KNFB Reader will read it aloud. Unlike some other readers, it uses superb image processing technology to capture accurate pictures.
Text to Speech! is a text-to-speech app for iPhones and iPads. It produces natural-sounding accurate voices from the input text. It can produce audio as you type in the text, but it does not support speaking out complete text files. This app offers 90+ voices in 30+ languages and customization options too.
Panopreter Basic is a simple text to speech converter. It uses Microsoft TTS voices provided in Windows to convert texts in audio formats like WAV, MP3, OGG, and FLAC formats. Though the basic version is pretty limited, its premium version allows you to customize text layouts, audio pitch, and volume.
iSpeech is another text-to-speech voice synthesis software targeted towards developers. It can help you to convert text to audio like all other applications on this list. Its interesting features are its APIs and SDKs, making iSpeech a better candidate for developers rather than end-users, unlike other solutions.
That is all about the best text-to-speech solutions available in the market. There are some free options here like NaturalReader, Capti, and more, but most others are only available as paid products. Did you find what you were looking for? Let me know by writing a comment below or tweeting to me at @iamashks.