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Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions please

Post by richmorehave » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:09 pm

hi wonderful Linux users!
Love this forum room, great for newbies, like me.

Can you guys/gals point me to ebook outloud reader. I was using Balabolka program when I was in windows. And I have a program for my android smart phone. But I haven't been able to get a program to work for Linux.

I was able to use Ivano2 voices for both my windows and android systems, so if there is WINE way or LInux way to read my ebooks to me, please share. And hopefully make it NEWBIE friendly. :mrgreen:
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by jimallyn » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:43 pm

Have you tried ebook-speaker? "This package provides a command-line e-reader that reads out
electronic books using speech synthesis." Never tried it, but it seems like it's probably worth a try.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:09 pm

jimallyn wrote:Have you tried ebook-speaker? "This package provides a command-line e-reader that reads out
electronic books using speech synthesis." Never tried it, but it seems like it's probably worth a try.
I did try your suggestion but support ended in 2013, and I couldn't get it to work and I added suggested extra packages. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by silberston » Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:27 am

Maybe try "Cainteoir"?

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:msclrhd-gmail/cainteoir
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cainteoir-gtk
It can listen to various documents and record the output to different formats. Haven't tried it myself but it seems to be a front-end for eSpeak

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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by MtnDewManiac » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:25 am

I've used FBReader for years, so I decided to check it when I saw this thread. I was a little surprised to not see an option for turning on text-to-speech - but then I remembered that FBReader supports/uses plugins. I just did a web search and found this:

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https://fbreader.org/content/text-speech-plugin
Apparently, TTS (again, via plugin) is supported both in the native linux version and the Android port of FBReader.

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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:17 am

MtnDewManiac wrote:I've used FBReader for years, so I decided to check it when I saw this thread. I was a little surprised to not see an option for turning on text-to-speech - but then I remembered that FBReader supports/uses plugins. I just did a web search and found this:

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https://fbreader.org/content/text-speech-plugin
Apparently, TTS (again, via plugin) is supported both in the native linux version and the Android port of FBReader.

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Thanks, I just installed it, but how would I install the text-speech-plugin. It looks like it's for android. See if you can get it to work, maybe I'm missing something. I checked the links and they seem to be for android app. What do you suggest?
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:40 am

silberston wrote:Maybe try "Cainteoir"?

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:msclrhd-gmail/cainteoir
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cainteoir-gtk
It can listen to various documents and record the output to different formats. Haven't tried it myself but it seems to be a front-end for eSpeak
Thanks, I did try it, and it has GUI, which I like, the voices are very robotic and hard to understand, is there a way to add TSS type voices.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by MtnDewManiac » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:37 am

richmorehave wrote:
MtnDewManiac wrote:I've used FBReader for years, so I decided to check it when I saw this thread. I was a little surprised to not see an option for turning on text-to-speech - but then I remembered that FBReader supports/uses plugins. I just did a web search and found this:

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https://fbreader.org/content/text-speech-plugin
Apparently, TTS (again, via plugin) is supported both in the native linux version and the Android port of FBReader.

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Thanks, I just installed it, but how would I install the text-speech-plugin. It looks like it's for android. See if you can get it to work, maybe I'm missing something. I checked the links and they seem to be for android app. What do you suggest?
Hmm... After doing a little more checking, it appears that you are correct. IDK if there is a solution to this one. Well... running it under an Android emulator (if there is such a thing) seems a bit unwieldy, and although I read a comment recently that if one chooses to use Chrome as their browser, they can run Android apps through it, I don't know if that's true and it seems to be a little extreme for anyone who wishes to keep Google from reaching even deeper into their lives, lol.

And this is disappointing to me; I didn't recommend FBReader randomly - I did so because I use it (linux laptop, Android cell phone) and have found that it does what I need without distracting me from its purpose (allowing me to read eBooks and, if necessary, to adjust things like fonts/font sizes) and thought you might like it. I did just check and there is a "feedback" email address for the developer of FBReader:

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contact@geometerplus.com
You might send him an email. Additionally, here is the forum for the entity that developed that TtS plugin for FBReader running under Android. Maybe they can tell you how to use it in linux? This may not be possible, but I'd guess that it'd be somewhat more likely than being able to run Microsoft-OS applications in linux, lol:

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http://www.hyperionics.com/forum2
Good luck. I hope you find a solution and, if you do, please let us know what application (and method, if it required some work/customization) you ended up using.

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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:49 pm

MtnDewManiac
Thanks for going the extra step and further assisting me on this subject.

I'm sort of at dead end going the Linux way, unless someone comes out with something.

I wonder if some windows program would work with WINE and adding TTS ivona2 voices. In my first post I list a program I use in windows that I like, if someone could show me how to get it to work with wine with TTS ivona 2 voices that would be super cool.

I will use windows 10 OFFLINE to use OUTLOUD reading, what I do is make mp3 of ebook, so I guess I can just make ebook audio books and then use them in Linux.

Also I have android ebook outloud reader so I got options, just not in Linux yet.

Maybe more people have experimented with WINE and windows ebook OUTLOUD readers. I did attempt it but got errors.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by silberston » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:08 pm

richmorehave wrote:
silberston wrote:Maybe try "Cainteoir"?

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:msclrhd-gmail/cainteoir
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cainteoir-gtk
It can listen to various documents and record the output to different formats. Haven't tried it myself but it seems to be a front-end for eSpeak
Thanks, I did try it, and it has GUI, which I like, the voices are very robotic and hard to understand, is there a way to add TSS type voices.
It should be able to use any voices installed on the system. The end of this post explains how to add some more voices:
And have you seen this post over on the Ubuntu forums? There are a few good ideas on there:

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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by phd21 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:44 pm

HI richmorehave,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

There are a lot of books that have been converted to audio files which can be easily played in various music players. And, a lot of these audio books are free to download, see links below or Google it, and you can also purchase other audio books, at Amazon.com, iTunes, etc... I think Amazon.com has some free audio books too, especially if you are a member.

You can also easily convert ebook, epub, pdf, files to MP3 audio files for playing in your music players, see links below.

The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
https://archive.org/details/librivoxaudio

Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
http://www.gutenberg.org/
Project Gutenberg - The Audio Books Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg ... ks_Project

Free eBooks & AudioBooks for Mobile Computers, eBook Readers & Linux (not all web links are still good, but some are)
http://tuxmobil.org/ebook.html

Amazon.com - audible downloads
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... udio+books


Calibre - "If you call yourself a fan of eBooks and you’ve never used Calibre before, you should drop everything you’re doing and install it right away. This beast of a program is more than just a reader – it’s a full-on library manager that simplifies everything about keeping your eBooks in order." This program does so much, it is incredible, including being able to read and convert all ebook formats. The options and plug-ins is very impressive.
http://calibre-ebook.com/

4 of the Best eBook Readers for Linux Users
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-of-the-b ... nux-users/

online ebook voice readers
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=on ... ice+reader


There are numerous text to speech options, as some have already been mentioned. In my Linux Mint KDE, "Jovie" is integrated into everything. But, the voices are not as good as normal human voices, at least not to me, but they do work. The voices can be fine tuned. I just tested "Jovie" TTS on a PDF file using Okular PDF viewer, and it read it out loud; anything in the "clip board" can read as well. "Jovie" and "Okular" can be installed in all editions of Linux Mint.

Listen to your books (ePUB or PDF) with Okular, KDE's PDF Reader
http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/art ... pdf_okular
How to Convert ePub or PDF to MP3 Audio Format?
Turn eBooks to Audiobooks with free online "Zamzar" ePub to MP3 Converter

http://www.ipubsoft.com/epub/how-to-con ... o-mp3.html

ZamZar website - free online converter epub to MP3 audio
http://www.zamzar.com/convert/epub-to-mp3/
ZamZar website - free online converter PDF to MP3 audio
http://www.zamzar.com/convert/pdf-to-mp3/

Online ebook converter - converts various ebook formats into other ebook formats which can then be converted into audio mp3 files.
http://ebook.online-convert.com/
Convert eBooks to MP3 Audio With Spesoft Text to Speech Software, then mp3 can be played in any music player.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-mak ... udiobooks/

convert ebook to audiobook free
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=co ... free+linux

ebook readers with voice output
https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl=e ... ice+output
FBReader is a free (and ad-free) multi-platform ebook reader.it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM). * Note: In order to use the Android plug-in below, you might consider installing the Android version of FBreader as well.
https://fbreader.org/

This Android plugin provides basic text-to-speech functionality for FBReader. We recommend to use TTS+ plugin from Hyperionics Technology, LLC that provides advanced preferences, bluetooth control, etc.
https://fbreader.org/content/text-speech-plugin
You can easily run Android applications in Linux by installing Google Chrome which also has other positive benefits; that and it is a great browser. I do find the Google voice (Android?) to be much more "human" like, more natural sounding.

How to run Android apps on linux?
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... t=+android


NaturalReader - (might work under Wine) - You can test it online, Text To Speech Reader, Listen to PDF files, webpages, e-books, e-textbooks, office documents and even printed books.
http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:21 am

phd21
Wow! Amazing list of stuff to research. You gave me a lot to digest. Thanks. I'll start exploring those options. Nice job of pulling all those sources together.

If others actually are using an ebook read-outloud program in Linux Mint that you are currently using with ivona2 voices, please share how you are doing it.

Update 1: I researched phd21's suggestion to try NaturalReader with wine. I installed latest version 14. And then I encountered error. I researched it in Wine and someone suggested to get NaturalReader version 6.6 the only version that is suppose to work in wine. I did google search and found and downloaded it and installed it. The program would open but I was not able to see any voices. I installed invona2 voices but this Naturalreader didn't see them. I got wine errors for naturalreader 6.6 but at least it opens, whereas version 14 didn't open. Progress but still not working.

Update 2: I installed lastest version of calibre. And looked at plug ins. No luck. I did search on google for calibre and read outloud, and no go when I checked out the links. There was someone who started forum question from 2014 but no real answer I could find.

Update 3: The online option doesn't seem that good either. You are limited to 100meg, and they would send it to you via email. I can already use my windows 10 offline to make mp3's of my ebooks with no 100 meg limit, so online version not worth it for me.

If someone got naturalreader to work with voices, please tell how?

It's not a big problem for me at all, because it's not hard for me to boot to windows 10 offline and do what I have to do, it would just be cool to stay in Linux to do it. So high class problem.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by phd21 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:19 pm

richmorehave wrote:phd21
Wow! Amazing list of stuff to research. You gave me a lot to digest. Thanks. I'll start exploring those options. Nice job of pulling all those sources together.
Hi richmorehave,

You are most welcome.

As I mentioned before, there numerous Text To Speech (TTS) options available for Linux, like Jovie, espeak, Festival, Cepstral, Simon, and more, etc... These can be tweaked to work fairly well from vocal pitch, speed, etc... And can be integrated into your Linux Mint system. My "Jovie" works fairly well to speak text.
richmorehave wrote:If others actually are using an ebook read-outloud program in Linux Mint that you are currently using with ivona2 voices, please share how you are doing it.
Since you now seem to be limiting this to "ivona2 voices", there are ways to get this working, see links below. But, since you are talking about ebooks, I still think the best and easiest way is to convert them using Calibre, or another ebook converter to PDF or Text and then to an audio file. Some of the online converters (see new ones below) can do this in one step. "Ivona2 TTS" can be purchased for Red Hat Linux in the "rpm" file, that might be able to be converted to ".deb" (using the Alien Converter) to easily install in Linux Mint. If it were me and I was interest in this, I would contact Ivona first.

http://superuser.com/questions/518448/r ... -to-speech

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2111436

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... st12785866
richmorehave wrote:Update 1: I researched phd21's suggestion to try NaturalReader with wine. I installed latest version 14. And then I encountered error. I researched it in Wine and someone suggested to get NaturalReader version 6.6 the only version that is suppose to work in wine. I did google search and found and downloaded it and installed it. The program would open but I was not able to see any voices. I installed invona2 voices but this Naturalreader didn't see them. I got wine errors for naturalreader 6.6 but at least it opens, whereas version 14 didn't open. Progress but still not working.
This was my last suggestion of many, because I do not recommend using TTS programs under "wine", except as a last resort because you do not need to.
richmorehave wrote:Update 2: I installed lastest version of calibre. And looked at plug ins. No luck. I did search on google for calibre and read outloud, and no go when I checked out the links. There was someone who started forum question from 2014 but no real answer I could find.
Calibre is considered by many to be one of the best, or the best, ebook readers, managers, and ebook converters from one format to another format that is available. On my system from Calibre, I told it to open the ebook using Okular and it read it out loud, and it works.
richmorehave wrote:Update 3: The online option doesn't seem that good either. You are limited to 100meg, and they would send it to you via email. I can already use my windows 10 offline to make mp3's of my ebooks with no 100 meg limit, so online version not worth it for me.
Honestly, how many ebooks does anyone have that are over 100 megabytes (MB) in file size, especially if you convert them to PDF or Text first? And, you could easily split them into smaller chunks if necessary. I find the Free ZamZar website to be an excellent site for converting all kinds of stuff into other stuff. I did not know until yesterday, that it could convert some types of documents into audio files. Because they are a very busy website, it may take a few minutes for them to email you the link to download your file(s). I do not think that is a big problem.

There are a lot of other very good online options, of which I have only covered some. Here are some other very good ones:

Text2Speech - can upload various type of documents and convert them quickly into audio files.
Very Good Voice quality
http://text2speech.us/

Text2Speech.org - also good quality voice
http://www.text2speech.org/

From Text To Speech.com
http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/

richmorehave wrote:It's not a big problem for me at all, because it's not hard for me to boot to windows 10 offline and do what I have to do, it would just be cool to stay in Linux to do it. So high class problem.
There is also the Android option that works well in Linux, by installing Google's excellent Chrome browser. Google's Chrome browser already has extensions, "SpeakIt" & "Lois", available for quality TTS. And, as I stated before, you can setup your Linux Mint system to easily install and run Android applications even without the Chrome browser having to be up and running. See link in my previous reply.

And, you can also install VirtualBox, and a version of Windows in that, and run it well while still within Linux without having to "boot" to MS Windows.


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:10 pm

phd21
You certainly gave me a lot to chew on. It's good to hear you know what you are talking about. I will try calibre with the program you suggested.

I thought the online option was limiting it to 100 meg audio mp3. If it's just the text of 100 meg, that would work.

Thanks it will take me a while to go through that stuff. Much appreciated.

Can I ask you something. Of all the programs you suggested, can you give your TOP choice at this time what your GO TO program is in Linux Mint. Or top 2 programs. Because I will install them immediately. I can still have fun going through all your links, but TOP 1 or 2 ebook outloud readers with good voices would keep it simple, and I know you did it, so it will work if I follow your footsteps.

So, today, give name of program, the voices you use, and any other helpful pointers. I'm so glad you came into this thread, hopefully others that are interested can follow your guide in this thread.

p.s. I'm going to try your suggestion about trying KDE, downloading the 64 bit version now. I see the program you used with calibre is a KDE program, made for KDE. I currently have my desktop set for Mate 17.2 . In your sig, I see you use KDE in 32 bit, is the 64 bit version stable? Should I instead load the 32 version?

I'm moving all my data to long term storage so I can try out KDE. Wish me luck. Mate I know works on all my PC's , so I'll put KDE on my best PC, hopefully it will work. :)
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by jimallyn » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:53 pm

You don't have to install KDE to use KDE programs. Just install the program you want with Synaptic or Software Manager, and it will automatically install any parts of KDE that it might need. I run several KDE programs in Cinnamon. K3B, for example.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by phd21 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:56 pm

Hi richmorehave,

All the Linux mint editions are wonderful free operating systems. I personally love Linux Mint KDE because I can control almost all aspects of it. But, you do not need to install KDE, you can run everything I have been talking about in whatever edition of Linux mint you want, you just would have to install some stuff below. Calibre is not KDE specific. I will answer your other questions in a little bit....

If you are not using KDE, then install these programs below in the quote box in blue.
If you're experiencing issues with KDE apps (like Okular, Gwenview, KStars, kdenlive, ..etc) run the following command from your console terminal prompt: (you can copy & paste it too)
Depending on your setup, you might also need to install "KDE-runtime" as well.
sudo apt-get install kdelibs-bin kdelibs5-data kdelibs5-plugins
Update: If you have a 64 bit processor, then use the 64-bit edition of Linux Mint and you will get better performance.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:46 pm

Ok, I will try to work with regular Linux Mint to get it to work. Thanks for the clarification.

Installing the packages you recommended, will report back.
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by phd21 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:02 pm

HI richmorehave,

You seemed very willing to try Linux Mint KDE, and I would highly recommend that you do.If you have a 64-bit processor, then use the 64-Bit edition. You can burn it to a DVD or USB flash drive to "test drive" it, if you want. It would help to have the results of the console terminal command "inxi -Fxz" for your computer posted back here or PM it to me. I love Linux Mint KDE, and if I had newer better computer equipment, I could do a lot more and a lot faster. Also, I would install all of the Linux Mint editions, that way I could help out even more in this forum no matter which edition a user may have. It takes a lot of time and effort to research these post questions and produce a good reply.

I have no real need for Text To Speech (TTS) abilities. But, I have always been fascinated by it (talking computers). I know a lot about it because I have helped others in this forum that do need, or want, it. I do not claim to know everything about TTS, and I have been learning a lot more over the past couple days.

Again, I cannot tell if you need, or want, system wide Text To Speech, or just for ebooks. There is a huge difference, although it cannot hurt to have both installed and working. So far, the Google TTS "SpeakIt" is the best and most realistic that I have heard, along with the "Text2Speech" website text to audio converters. I have not yet discovered how to have these automatically read all the text of a multi-page document or ebook, yet, but it easily reads what ever is highlighted really well with numerous voice options, even accents, and in various languages. After installing it, there is an icon in the toolbar for text to speech, so you can highlight any text in whatever web page you are looking at and it will speak it well. There are online ebook readers as well, see links below, like "http://www.magicscroll.net/", etc...

Jovie" and other system wide TTS programs also have numerous voice options and languages as well from Women, Men, or Children, with various accents from all over the world which as I have already stated can be tweaked and saved for you to easily pick "talkers" from a system tray icon to use. (Install "espeak", if it is not already installed). I prefer female voices and I like accents. I currently have 1 English US female and 2 female English British voices for "Jovie". these programs can also speak whatever is in the clipboard.

Google's Chrome's extensions and apps, "SpeakIt" , Evernotes Clearly, TTS from Google Drive, Google Text-to-speech, all seem great, but I have not had a chance to explore them thoroughly.

YAKiToMe! Voice of the web.
https://www.yakitome.com/upload/from_text

Google's TTS options - some are Chrome and some are Android- there is a whole lot of them
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tts&c=apps&hl=en

4 Ways To Read EPUB Books Online
https://www.maketecheasier.com/4-ways-t ... ks-online/

10 sites where you can read books online
http://ebookfriendly.com/sites-where-yo ... ks-online/

Best Audible Books.com
http://bestaudiblebooks.com/

free ebook downloads
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=fr ... +downloads


Google Text-to-speech
GoogleChromeTTS_SpeakIt-3.jpg
Google's Chrome TTS using iSpeak options - more languages
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Google's Chrome TTS using SpeakIt options
Jovie TTS
Jovie-1.jpg
"Jovie" TTS options
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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by richmorehave » Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:17 pm

Very good stuff.
You are a very good researcher. I was searching for this stuff on my own, and you came up with very good stuff, much better options that I found. You are looking at it from many more angles than me. Cool gift you developed.
Switched to Linux Mint to get away from windows 10 spying.
Until MS states that they will not scan,disclose and save any personal files, folders, on my PC, I will not trust them. I would need 3rd party verification.

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Re: Looking for Linux ebook outloud reader, suggestions plea

Post by phd21 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:32 am

HI richmorehave,

In Linux Mint KDE, you can easily change your wallpaper by right clicking your desktop, and selecting "folder options" which brings up various options, including wallpaper, and much more, see screen shot and video link below. KDE can do a lot more than most of the other operating systems, so much more, that it can intimidate some people. But, just to use it and the basic normal desktop functions is easy, especially since there are numerous people like me in this forum to help anyone out if you need it. For example: I normally use one monitor screen, although you can use more than one, but I easily set up 4 virtual desktops with their own wallpaper and icons and widgets (applets, desklets) that I can easily scroll through them with my mouse, hotspots, etc..., when I want and have applications show up on all or specific desktops. To new users of KDE, I would stay away from "activities" until you read about them, and if you don't, then remember that 'Win Key + S', or "Meta Key + S", will stop KDE "activities".

The one thing about all operating systems, Linux, MS Windows, Mac, that I dislike is their lack of common nomenclature for various things. You would think that they could standardize calling the same thing by the same name, right? Noooo, unfortunately even in Linux Mint the various editions have different names for the same things, like applets vs widgets. Too me, it is much easier to customize my desktop in any way I want using KDE than it is in the other editions, see video link below.

For you and your ebooks, converting them to audio books, or if they are already available in audio form, and they could be if you search for them, and just downloading them in audio formats that are ready to play are your easiest options. You can always bring up a picture of the book at the same time, if you want that as well. And, as I have already mentioned, you can also store them on Google Drive and other ebook sites for viewing, or listening to, from anywhere and any web enabled device.


Below is a quick video web link of Linux Mint KDE showing wallpaper, multiple desktops, Jovie, some other quick configuration options.
https://youtu.be/MqTATzp-diw

Screenshot of KDE desktop, right click, select "folder options", and your wallpaper options are right there.
KDE_wallpaper.jpg
KDE desktop - Right click desktop, select "folder options" for Wallpaper.
Hope this helps ...
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