vBookz – new TTS reader app for the iPad

From the press release:

vBookZ is intuitive, easy to use, and offers to the iPad users a whole new reading experience. Acapela speech synthesis comes in to turn the written content into pleasant speech, without ever having to watch the screen.vBookz is NOT 'books on tape': it is a live text-to-speech generator with no need for conversion nor stored books files. It is a new way to enjoy reading: eyes-free reading while on the move, driving or just relaxing, assisted reading for the sight impaired or audio feedback for children or those learning to read in a foreign language.

vBookz adds to speech capability orientation and navigation tools that enhances the reading experience, combining two senses together - sight and hearing. An interactive cursor allows users to follow along, pause reading or even repeat lines or paragraphs to ensure reading comprehension.

I'm not terribly impressed. It costs $5, duplicates a feature of iBooks, and is limited to 30k public domain titles (I can't see a way for a user to add more).

On the other hand, Acapela specializes in TTS. Their apps are very, very, good.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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