Make your iPhone read aloud to you - CNETAudiobooks are fun to listen to during a commute, or anytime your eyes and hands are busy, but they come at a premium price with limited selection. Not to worry: in three simple steps, you can have your iPhone or iPad read any ebook to you without the need for additional apps. Here, toggle on Speak Screen. Now, by simply swiping down with two fingers from the top of the screen, you can have Siri read any text that's currently displayed, no matter what app you're in. For security purposes, be sure to turn Auto-Lock back on when you take a break from your book. Making this change will keep your screen from shutting off, so your story won't be interrupted. Pro tip: If you're driving, plug in a car charger to counter the extra drain on your battery.
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So far, I have been unsuccessful in persuading my wife to do the same for me, but I think I may have found an alternative solution. I now listen to Kindle books on iPhone. Well, you can! In this post, I am going to show you how to listen to Kindle books on iPhone. Certainly, audiobooks fill this need for hands-free reading to a degree. Subscribe to the blog and get the latest posts and updates in your inbox.
How to use Speak Screen
Have you ever purchased an iBook and then wished that you had an audiobook version of it? Macworld UK's Mark Hattersley wrote a wonderful post today on how to use Siri Dictation to speak either a portion or all of the text from an iBook. Tap Speak Selection, slow down the speaking rate a bit to make Siri's reading somewhat more natural sounding, and then turn on Highlight Words so that you can see where Siri is reading in the iBook. Now head over to the iBooks app and open the book you want to hear. Tap the aA icon at the top right of the iBook display, and tap on Themes. Of the three choices, select Scroll. Next, tap a word in the book to select it, then -- while holding your finger down on the drag handle -- scroll down through the text as far as you want.