Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Read PDF Files Aloud with vBooks PDF Voice Reader

vBooks PDF Voice Reader is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that reads PDFs aloud using text-to-speech. The app has a similar interface to iBook. vBooks PDF Voice Reader comes with a male and female text-to-speech voice included with app. The included text-to-speech voices sound good and are easy to understand. To read a PDF simply tap on the front page of the PDF from the bookshelf and then press the red play button on the bottom of the screen. The text can be read at speeds of 100 words per minute all the way up to 240 words per minute. The app has a cursor that highlights the word being read and you can drag the cursor around to start reading a different part of the PDF. The app also has navigation features such as search, thumbnails and sliders. PDFs can be imported into vBooks PDF Voice Reader by using the "open in" feature from apps such as mail or iTunes sync. vBookz does not have OCR capabilities so images with text will not be compatible. Another downside is that there is no bookmarking feature and the app will not remember where you left off so you will have to find where you left off each time. To learn more about OCR click herevBookz PDF Voice Reader costs $4.99 in the App Store.

vBookz requested the following be included in the review,
"We're open for requests and suggestions. Not everything can be implemented, but it is important for us to improve our products as much as we can".

For more information about zBookz click read more below.

App provided complimentary to reviewer


  1. It is painful to use. It doesn't even remember your place in the pdf, and it is really slow to flick through pages.

    1. Yes agrees often takes seconds to flip pages, worse when there's embedded figures takes ~20 sec. I am reading academic and scholarly PDFs though. Sorry iPad not letting me delete spelling mistake

  2. Thank you for covering us.
    Bookmarks will be implemented with our next version...
    vBookz team

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  4. PLEASE PLEASE allow vbooks to keep playing when I turn off the screen. I listen while running and biking and it drains my battery 10 time faster if I can't turn off screen. Also, vbooks crashes every hour or so.

  5. Free I want free app.

  6. Nice resource but if you don't have IPhone you could use It's a free online service for converting pdf to speech.


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