Tolino (or rather, its tech partner Rakuten Kobo) has just released a new version of the Tolino web app which takes a further step towards accessibility.
Tolino webreader v5.1 offers users a text-to-speech reading function which enables readers to have their ebooks read to them. The new function works with both ebooks bought via Tolino as well as the ebooks users have uploaded into the tolino cloud.
I can’t directly tell you anything about the tech involved (Tolino restricts access to only its target market), but Tolino said in its announcement that the web app does not have its own accessibility features. Instead, “the web reader uses the functions of the browser and operating system of the computer with which it is opened. In this way, different speaker voices are sometimes available.”
Tolino also announced that the text-to-speech feature will also be available for the Tolino iOS and Android apps over the coming year.