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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Convert your text files to mp3, and njoi hearing them rather than reading them

If you are overwhelmed with a large amount of reading, one way to plow through the reading is to have someone, or something, read it to you. Finding someone to read it to you is tricky, though.

Luckily, there is a Web site called CarryoutText that can turn text into MP3 files you can then listen to on your iPod, Zune, or other portable MP3 player, or burn to a CD to listen to in the car.

There are two choices for converting your text to an MP3 file
: You can either upload a Word, PowerPoint, PDF, XML, TXT, CSV or HTML file, or you can paste text directly into the converter.

For testing, I pasted a few lines of text . and left the default reading speed, but you can adjust how fast or slow CarryoutText reads your document if the reader is too fast or too slow for your taste. After you have made your selections, click Submit to Process.

Larger files take a few minutes to convert to MP3 files. For the 30, 971 character file i pasted, i waited about 4 minutes. A Please Wait screen appeared during the wait.

Eventually, a page will appear where you can download your file. Click the big white arrow in the green circle to download it.

my was file read nicely at an easy to understand pace with a mature, but smooth, female voice. The file was a bit robotic sounding, which is probably to be expected.

so enjoy mates!!

1 comment:

  1. Have you heard about "TalkAny"? (aka "Talk it")
    Its a funny tool for text-to-speech conversion. It has a number of options to customize. Strictly 'just for fun' though..