Usually, I read articles I found on the internet. At least, when I’m sitting at the front of my monitor. However, I often prefer listening articles than reading them. One can compare this with podcasts. About podcast listening ticks I wrote in the article “Listen More Audiobooks and Podcasts with This Simple Trick“.
Ok, back to the topic, if an article is listing friendly (no important images, tables, etc) listening it is my default way to go. There are multiple ways to do this.
Listen directly in Firefox
Windows and Linux firefox “reading mode” has a narrate option. So, firefox can listen the article directly in the firefox. However, I have to admit that default text-2-speech in windows 7 as well as in ubuntu 16.04 has some space for improvement.
Listen with pocket mobile
Pocket mobile app can read the article for you using text-2-speech of your phone. At least, android version can. Voice quality is way better than I what I heard on a desktop. I should thank google for this – it provides a text-2-speech engine for android.
Using universal mobile apps which can read anything
Pocket app can read articles for me. But, only articles stored in the pocket. Additionally, there are apps which can do this even better. There are many of them for android.They allow you narrate any text placed in the clipboard, either it is copied from your e-mail or internet or a text document. Some also provide useful UI, smart language detection (or simple manual correction), speed tuning, list of texts to be read etc.
They allow you narrate any text placed in the clipboard, either it is copied from your e-mail or internet or a text document (or a pocket app). Some have smart language detection (or simple manual correction), speed tuning, list of texts to be read and other useful features.
I personally preferer app called @Voice Aloud Reader reader. I use it already a long time (probably I should buy a pro version already). Even when an article I want to listen is already in a “pocket”, I still prefer @voice aloud reader to built-in pocket voice reader.
So, my workflow looks something like this:
- Found something interesting to read later on
- Add it to the pocket (firefox is already integrated with pocket and has corresponding button)
- When on the way open an article in the pocket app
- Select “all text” in the article and share it with @voice aloud reader app