Use VoiceOver or Speech to have your books read to you on iOS
Text to Speech on iOS uses VoiceOver or Speech, Apple’s built in screen readers. VoiceOver and Speech are an Accessibility option that allows visually impaired users a way to navigate through the entire OS. The screen reader will read all actions that you do, not just the text in your book. Using text to speech on an iOS device is a bit more challenging than using the “Start Speaking” option on the bookshelf for PC/Mac. Please keep this in mind as you use VoiceOver to have your book read to you.
NOTE: Please be aware that not all books may be able to be used with the VoiceOver feature. Due to the way some books are built, some features such as VoiceOver, may not be available.
Using VoiceOver (all versions of iOS)
To turn on VoiceOver, please do the following: Settings>General>Accessibility>Voice Over and tap to slide the switch to ON
To navigate using VoiceOver, remember the following:
- Single tap to select an item
- Double tap to activate it
- Swipe three fingers to scroll
When you open Bookshelf you will be read what is on the screen. You will need to scroll the page for the screen reader to read you the next section as the function of a screen reader is to tell you what is currently on the visible screen.
Using Speech (iOS 8 or higher)
To turn on Speech, please do the following: Settings>General>Accessibility>Speech and tap to slide both Speak Selection and Speak Screen to ON
To use this feature in Bookshelf please open your book in Bookshelf. Swipe two fingers from top to bottom on the screen. A play menu will appear to read the screen to you.