My book is reading in a different language or with a strange accent and not English.

My book is reading in a different language or with a strange accent and not English.

When you use the Read Aloud feature of the Bookshelf App it is reading in a different language or with a strange accent and not English.

Resolutions

Bookshelf uses the default voices on your computer or mobile device to read. Change the system default language to an English-US voice for the best reading experience. (Note: For books in another language, e.g., Portuguese, set your system voice to the language you are in, these directions are for setting the book to read in English with a US accent)

FOR MAC OSX

  1. Open your System Preferences > Accessibility > Voice (on the left-hand side).
  2. Under System Voice click on the current name.
  3. If you do not see an English voice select "Personalize." Start typing in English (this will need to be in the language of your system) and then pick one of the names.
  4. Once it's downloaded you'll want to change the System Voice to the one you just downloaded. When you go back to your book, it will read to you in English.

FOR WINDOWS 10

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language.
  2. Select Add a language and choose the language you want from the list*.
  3. After installation of the language restart the computer.
  4. After reboot, go to Start > Settings, with the Windows Settings in view, select Time & Language, then choose Speech (on the left pane).
  5. Click Voice: drop down and select a voice. The voices do not state what language they are in; therefore you’ll want to click on the Preview voice box to sample the voice. (eg. Microsoft Davidis English, Microsoft Claude is French, Microsoft Raul is Spanish).

*Not all languages support text to speech. Please look for the “Text-to-speech” next to the language pack selection prior in downloading the language pack.

FOR iOS

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech.
  2. If this is not set to English tap Add New Language. Select the language and dialect you want.
  3. Tap Voice then tap the voice you'd like to use.
  4. Choose either Default or Enhanced Quality. When you go back to your book, it will read to you in English.

FOR ANDROID

  1. Open your device Apps > SettingsLanguage and input > Text to Speech options.
  2. One of two options will be selected: either the device's text-to-speech engine or the Google text to speech Engine. Select the gear next to the one that has the check mark > change Language to English (United States). This may require a download. 
  3. Once it's downloaded you'll want to change the System Voice to the one you just downloaded. When you go back to your book, it will read to you in English.

 

Still having issues?

By email: support@vitalsource.com

By phone:

  • In the US/Canada, please call: 1-855-200-4146
  • In the UK, please call: +44 800 802 1506
  • In Australia please call: +61 8 7111 3343

 

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