VBookz Reads Your iPad Books Out Loud

June 15, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

If you haven’t noticed the recent drama around the Kindle and its text-to-speech conversion, it was basically caused by copyright issues – apparently, according to copyright law, buying the rights for a book doesn’t give you the rights to actually listen to it, just read it – which immediately sparked a lot of controversy around the Kindle’s text-to-speech functionality.

VBookz is an iPad app that aims to overcome this small hurdle by providing you with text-to-speech functionality for public domain books only (all of the books that fall under Project Gutenberg). The app uses the standard iBooks design with a few extra additions to spice it up, such as colored bookmark ribbons; it comes pre-loaded with several classic titles such as Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein, and then it gives you access to all the other public domain titles.

The app is a great deal for just $5, and doesn’t sound as monotonous as such programs usually do (though it’s still obvious it’s not a human reading it), and comes with various settings for the reading.

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