Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Read out loud the current web-page article with one click. Supports 40+ languages.

What is Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader?
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader is a versatile Firefox add-on that uses text-to-speech technology to translate webpage text to audio. This add-on supports over 40 languages and works with a wide array of online platforms including news sites, blogs, and educational materials. It offers customizable settings like voice selection, pitch, and reading speed. Particularly beneficial for individuals with dyslexia, learning disabilities, children learning to read, or simply users looking for an alternative method to consume online content.
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Version: 1.69.0 (Last updated: 2024-04-09)
Creation date: 2018-03-19
Weekly download count: 2,929
Firefox on Android: Yes
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • activeTab
  • menus
  • identity
  • storage
  • https://translate.google.com/
Size: 484.24K
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Summary

Tired of sitting, tired of reading? Click a button, jump on your bed, and have the article read aloud to you. You can choose from many available male and female voices. You can also set the pitch of the voice and the reading speed. Supports PDF. Supports EPUB (via the excellent EPUBReader extension).

Read Aloud is a Firefox extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio. It works on a variety of websites, including news sites, blogs, fan fiction, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities and course materials.

Read Aloud is aimed at users who prefer to listen to content instead of reading, people with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, children learning to read, or simply to provide users with alternative way to consume web content.

Read Aloud allows you to select from a variety of text-to-speech voices, including those provided natively by the browser, as well as by text-to-speech cloud service providers such as Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly, IBM Watson, and Microsoft. Some of the cloud-based voices may require additional in-app purchase to enable.

Recent developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence has enabled very high-quality speech synthesis. Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly voices, for example, use bleeding edge technology to provide life-like synthetic speech that is close to that of human speech. Read Aloud allows you to use your own Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services account to enable these voices.

To use Read Aloud, simply navigate to the web page you want to read, then click the Read Aloud icon on the Firefox menu. In addition, the shortcut keys ALT-P, ALT-O, ALT-Comma, and ALT-Period can be used to Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, and Forward, respectively. You may select the text you want to read before activating the extension. Right clicking on the selected text will provide you with yet another context-menu option to activate Read Aloud.

To change the voice, reading speed, pitch, or enable text highlighting, go to the Options page either by right clicking on the Read Aloud icon and choose Options, or by clicking the Gear button on the extension popup (you'll need to stop playback to see the Gear button).

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These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Firefox Browser Add-ons does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
Pros
  • Ability to add custom voices from piper
  • Useful for turning text into audiobooks
  • Time-saving for reading long articles
Cons
  • Robotic and unintelligible voices
  • Static sound issues in newer versions
  • Difficulties with pausing and stopping the reading
Most mentioned
  • Robotic voices
  • Static sound issues
  • Ability to add custom voices from piper
Recent reviews
The voice is good, but the controls don't do jack. The pause button does absolutely nothing ever, and the second time I tried the add on the highlighted text didn't match what was being read (no idea where in the document it was reading from) and this time I had to close the browser entirely to make it stop reading.

by Paul Newsom, 2024-04-11

by Paul Newsom, 2024-04-11
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Safety
Risk impact

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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