Free or Inexpensive Text-to-Speech Reading Software

ReadPlease 2003

Cost: Free

This software reads any text that is pasted or typed into the reading window. The basic version is free of charge, but has a limited feature set.

NaturalReader by NaturalSoft

Cost: Free

This software reads any text that is pasted or typed into the reading window. The basic version is free of charge, but has a limited feature set.

The Universal Reader IGT

Cost: $79.95

IGT, which stands for "Intergalactic Translator," will read any text that is inside the reading window, but offers the ability to translate between eight different languages.

Scan & Read Pro

Cost: $149.95

This software, from Premier Assistive Technology, will reads any text that is inside the reading window, but adds learning support features such as spell checking, thesaurus, scanning, and word prediction among other options.

Adobe Reader’ Built-in Text-to-Speech

Cost: Free

Adobe Reader has the ability to read some PDF documents out loud. Hot keys will work even when Reader is embedded in your browser. Documents that are scanned without OCR may not read properly.

Microsoft Windows’ Built-in Text-to-Speech Capabilities

How To Use the Language Bar in Windows XP

Apple Macintosh Built-in Accessibility Features