Windows: Text to Speech

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Windows: Text to Speech 

The VitalSource Bookshelf application has the ability to use the built in Text to Speech function in Windows to have your books read aloud to you. 

How your Book will be Read

  • If you have not opened your book before and you start speaking, the speaker will start at the beginning of the book
  • If you select a chapter or section in the left side TOC, the speaker will start reading at that chapter/section
  • If you select sentences with your mouse cursor, the speaker will only read the selected text.

 

How to use Speech

Toolbar

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The easiest way is to use the toolbar at the top of the application. You will see two buttons: Start Reading and Stop Reading. Simply determine how you wish the book to be read to you (see above) and click Start Reading You can now pause and resume speech as well with the same buttons. *Note: Resuming will only be for the current session.  If you Stop Reading at any point it will not pick up where you left off.

Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts please see below:

  • Start Reading: Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Pause Reading (once started): Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Resume Reading (once paused): Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Stop Reading: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S

Application Menu

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  • Go to the Book Menu
  • Select Play/Pause Speaking
  • To pause by selecting Book > Play/Pause Speaking
  • To continue select Book > Play/Pause Speaking
  • To stop the current session select Book > Stop Speaking  

*NOTE: Text to Speech functionality may not work for all VitalSource titles. Please contact support if you have any issues with your ebook 

 

How to change the Voice Type or Speed 

Windows 8/8.1/10

If you don’t like the default reader, you can change the voice in your Control Panel. 

  • Go to Settings > Control Panel > Ease of Access > Speech Recognition
  • Click on Text to Speech in the left hand side of the window
  • You have three choices for Text to Speech: Microsoft David, Microsoft Hazel, and Microsoft Zira. Select one of these voices (there are only 2 options in Windows 10)
  • Use the slider to change the Voice speed
  • Select “Apply” then select “OK
  • Close the Control Panel Window

Windows 7

Microsoft Anna is the default Narrator in Windows 7 and you are only able to change the speed of her voice. 

  • Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Speech Recognition
  • Click on Text to Speech in the left hand side of the window
  • Use the slider to change the Voice speed
  • Select “Apply” then select “OK
  • Close the Control Panel Window
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