Cool Reader – Fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based E-Book reader for desktops and handheld devices. Supported formats: FB2, TXT, RTF, DOC, TCR, HTML, EPUB, CHM, PDB, MOBI. Platforms: Win32, Linux, Android. Available for free as an Android application.
Go Read (Bookshare) – Ebook reader for Bookshare content. Go Read is optimized for visually impaired readers, and usable by anyone. Must have an active Bookshare membership. Read books in DAISY and EPUB formats. Android application.
Read&Write – Includes support features like text-to-speech, word prediction and more that benefit readers and writers of all ages, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. This app is available in two versions for iPad: Read&Write Version 1.0.1 is available for free and Read&Write Version 1.2.0 is available for $19.99. Google Play offers a free version of this app for Android. Neither Wi-Fi nor 3G are necessary for use.
Learning Ally Audio – Gain instant access to Learning Ally’s downloadable DAISY formats, more than 75,000 audiobooks inclusive of core educational content and required literature titles Learning Ally membership required ($19.99)
QRead: The Accessible eBook reader for the blind – QRead is an innovative and powerful eText reader for the Windows platform. Perfect for students, professionals, and casual readers alike, QRead provides access to a wide range of e-book formats with support for bookmarking, searching, and more all in a convenient and intuitive tabbed interface. Available as an Apple application.
Natural Reader– Text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy-to-use software can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. A free version is available for both PC and Mac users.
Web Clipper – by Evernote. Web Clipper is an add-in utility for the Chrome and Firefox that creates simplified versions of webpages by stripping out distractions like advertisements to allow readers to access desired content more quickly and easily. It allows you to take a snapshot of a passage of text, an entire web page, or a single graphic, and insert the snapshot into your Evernote archive. Free through the Google Chrome Store.
Speak it! – Copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you with a high quality text to speech engine available anywhere. Create the high quality audio files from text, which can be emailed to anyone you like! Apple application. ($1.99)
Balabolka – Text-to-speech software. On-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA file. Balabolka can read clipboard content, view the text from DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML files, customize font and background color, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Free and compatible with Windows Operating Systems.
NVDA – Open source text-to-speech screen reader. NVDA can be downloaded on a computer or put on a USB for portable accessibility. Accessibile with emails, e-books, internet research and online curriculums, word processing, Power Point, Excel, and more! Free and compatible with Windows Operating Systems from Windows XP to Windows 8. NVDA also provides an Accessible User Guide.
Read & Write – Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with choice of natural voices, understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries, develop writing skills with word prediction, and support independent student research with valuable study skills tools. Free 30-day trial.
eReadr Prestigio – eReader Prestigio app is able to play audio files of MP3, AAC & M4B formats and supports EPUB3 video format. This provides you with the opportunity to listen to audio books and create audio book collections, and play in-book multimedia content. Available on Android.