How do I add voices to Web Reader?

Web Reader reads using your device's built-in Text to Speech voice. Depending on what kind of device you have, please follow the steps below to change and/or install additional voices.

Windows PC

To change your computer's Text to Speech voice:

Windows 8 and older

  1. Open the start menu, then type "Text to Speech" into the search box. 
  2. Select the option to "Change text to speech settings." 
  3. From the voice drop down box select the voice you wish to use with the Web Reader. 

Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu on the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Type "text to speech" in the search box on the top right corner of the window, then select "Change text to speech settings."
  4. Select your preferred voice from the Voice Selection drop-down menu, then select the Preview Voice button.
  5. Select the Apply button to save your changes.

If you're using Google Chrome, we recommend installing this high quality Text to Speech extension:

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and install "Chrome OS US English Female HQ." 
  2. Close all Chrome windows, then open Web Reader once more. 
  3. Open Settings within Web Reader, then select select "Chrome OS US English Female HQ" from the Voice drop-down menu. 

Mac

To change your computer's Text to Speech voice:

  1. Select the Apple icon on the top left corner of the screen and select "System Preferences." 
  2. Choose the Speech and Dictation option, and from the speech tab select the voice you wish to use.

If you're using Google Chrome, we recommend installing this high quality Text to Speech extension:

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and install "Chrome OS US English Female HQ." 
  2. Close all Chrome windows, then open Web Reader once more. 
  3. Open Settings within Web Reader, then select select "Chrome OS US English Female HQ" from the Voice drop-down menu. 

Chromebook

You can install a Text to Speech extension from the Chrome Web Store to change your voice. We recommend installing the Chrome OS US English Female HQ voice for Google Chrome. 

1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and install "Chrome OS US English Female HQ." 
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh 
2. Sign out, then sign back in to the Chromebook.

Mobile Devices (iOS, Android)

Web Reader isn't fully compatible with mobile devices yet, however screen reader users can use VoiceOver or TalkBack to listen to the book. If you're reading on a mobile device, we recommend using a mobile app instead.