5 Web 2.0 Tools for converting text to audio
Text to Audio (speech) is a brilliant technology that can be used in a lot of different ways. Ever since Windows‘ Microsoft Sam, text to speech has been pretty accessible to your desktop commoner. Let me introduce you to 5 Web 2.0 tools for converting text to audio if you’re interested in using text to speech in similar ways.
To begin the conversion process, you’ll want to click the Convert link across the top menu. From there, you can enter your text body (up to 2,000 words). You’ll also need to enter a valid email address, as they send the file as an attachment to your email. ABC2MP3 is one of the best converters I’ve found. You can select American or British accents and even choose the spoken words per minute.
Festvox is extremely fast and free. Right from the main page, you’re able to select one of four audio types and voices of either American, Spanish, Indian, Scottish, or British.
vozMe is just as quick as Festvox, but converts text to the MP3 format. No registration is required and you can immediately download and save your text to speech recordings. vozMe also supports conversion of the Spanish language.
SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Download your reccordings as .mp3 or .m4b (Audio Book) files (in English, French, Spanish and German) of any text content on your computer or mobile phone.
Record books, articles,web pages, your papers class notes or any other text content you want to have available to you in audio format. So that you can listen while you commute or exercise. It is also a great way to check your writing for grammar and spelling errors. Browser Extension are also available for Firefox and Chrome let you grab any text you find while surfing the web and easily convert it to speech.
Zamzar is one of the most feature-rich and functional conversion tools on the web. In our scenario, you’ll want to either convert your block of text to a TXT file and upload it, or enter a URL that you want to convert. From there, you’ll need to select one of the many file formats to convert it to.
There are a lot of conversion types to look through, so choose what suits your situation best. You need to enter a valid email address, and within just a few minutes you should receive your recording.