When you want to save, archive or send a business document or report, school essay or other work, PDF is the best file format for that. But sometimes when you are too tired to read or simply don’t have the time to sit down behind your computer to review some writing or dive into the latest industry white paper, you wish there was a way to convert text from these PDFs to audio so you can download it to your MP3 player and listen on the go. Thankfully, this wish is far from unrealistic, as a matter of fact, there are tools on the Internet which allow you to turn text into speech. Some are even absolutely free!
YAKiToMe! is an online text reader that automatically converts text to speech. It is fully free for all registered users. Once you register, you can upload your PDF documents and the software will convert the text to speech in an mp3 file format. Simply download it and save it to a local computer.
Beside PDF documents, YAKiToMe! allows its users to turn their Word documents, text files, emails, web-pages, RSS feeds, books and more into mp3s. It supports numerous languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Portuguese, and many more. You can also choose between male and female voices.
From Text to Speech offers free online text to speech conversion services with natural sounding voices. You can choose between the following languages: British English, American English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian. For each language you can choose between at least two different male or female persons. There are also 4 different speeds to choose from: slow, medium, fast and very fast. Once you copy and paste the text in the box, it will take a minute or so to process the file you submitted.
iSpeech converts digital documents and text to voice enabled audio files for free. Supported document file types include PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Rich Text File, Blogs, RSS news feeds, hypertext markup language (DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, RTF, HTML). When your file is converted, you can download it, podcast or embed it on any webpage that supports HTML.
SpokenText is one more popular and reliable text to speech converter. It comes with a 7-day free trial demo account. It also automatically converts pages to speech PDF, Word, PowerPoint files, plain text and web pages. SpokenText is “fluent” in English, French, Spanish and German. Users can download their recordings as mp3 or m4b (Audio book) files.
SpokenText also offers Firefox and Chrome extensions which let you grab any text you find while surfing the web and easily convert it to speech.
Choose one of these tools and listen to your PDFs on the go!