Favorite reading apps?
As a new book share member, Iam also looking for a reading app. For me, ease of use plus quality of reading is more important than trying to be all things to all people by having tons of features.
With that in mind, can anyone tell me how Read2go compares to VoiceStream Reader?
In the VoiceStream Reader review, it was mentioned that there were accessability problems with the apps book organization screens that would probably require a sighted use to manage. Is this still true?
Based on the descriptions of the two apps, you would think that VoiceStream Reader would cost more than Read2go, but Read2go is twice the cost of VoiceStream Reader.
Since my vision is bad enough that text of any size is useless to me, so far I have downloaded audio only books in MP3 format from book share. Unlike the books I get from BARD, which are audio recordings of books being read by humans, the book share audio recordings are of a TTS system reading the book. They are not perfect, but they are not bad either.
I use several reading apps on IOS. BARD and Audible are good for auio books. For text-based books, I think Voice Dream Reader is by far the best available. It integrates with your Bookshare account, so you can search for and download books directly from Voice Dream. It can also grab content from other places like its own mini-web browser, cloud apps like Dropbox, etc. The variety of TTS voices is also great. I'm personally a fan of the Neospeech James voice.
Like an earlier poster stated, "You get what you pay for." And Voice Dream Reader is easily worth its asking price. It's always being updated with fixes and improvements too.
Although Read2Go works well and I used it extensively, I've deleted it since the advent of Voice dream Reader. Incidentally, that's three words -- VOICE, DREAM, READER -- not VoiceStream Reader. Frankly, I think Voice Dream Reader navigation works quite well and although it left a bit to be desired at first compared to Read2Go, this is no longer the case in my view. In fact, the text search and bookmarks features are superb! and if one uses a good TTS voice such as U.S. James, the rendering of text is almost pleasant. I say "almost" as I believe we need Morgan Freeman and Lauren Bacall TTS voices. (smirk)