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!
ReadAloud is an online text reader that automatically converts text to speech. It is free and you don’t need to 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, ReadAloud allows its users to turn their Word documents, text files, EPUB, web-pages, RSS feeds, books and more into mp3s. It supports numerous languages, and it has a pronanciation editor that auto correct words that are not pronounced well. You can customize font style, color, and highlight sentences.
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.
4) Natural Readers
Natural Readers is one more popular and reliable text to speech converter. It comes with three different options and one of them is free. The free version allows you to use the tool 20 minutes per day and supports PDF, RTF, Text, Docx.The free version also has unlimited usage of free voices. There are also premium and commercial options which offer additional features such as: creating narations for YouTube videos, new AL voices, creating mp3 audio files,unlimited text to spech conversion and much more.
Choose one of these tools and listen to your PDFs on the go!