How to get Kindle to read to you


There are a few ways of doing this depending on which Kindle you have.

Kindle 8th generation and Kindle Oasis

This Kindle uses VoiceView and needs a Bluetooth audio device to be connected to it. You can also use the Kindle Audio Adapter which activates VoiceView on the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader when it is plugged into the Micro-USB port. To use, all you need to do is plug your headphones or speakers into the audio jack on the Kindle Audio Adapter.

To use VoiceView on Bluetooth follow this steps:
  1. Press the Power button once to turn on your Kindle. The Power button is located on the bottom of the device next to the Micro-USB/power port.
  2. Wait 45 seconds.
  3. Put your Bluetooth audio device into pairing mode.
  4. Press and hold the Power button for 9 seconds.
  5. Hold two fingers spaced apart on the screen for 1 second, then wait up to 2 minutes to hear audio.
  6. When you hear audio from your Bluetooth device, hold two fingers spaced apart on the screen.
  7. Troubleshooting: If you do not hear audio from your Bluetooth device within 2 minutes of completing step 5, confirm your Bluetooth audio device is in pairing mode and repeat steps 4 and 5.
If the device is connected to VoiceView for the first time, you will hear the VoiceView tutorial. You will then be asked to complete setup, connect to a wireless network and register your Kindle.

After pairing to a Bluetooth audio device, VoiceView will save the connection.
There are a few ways to turn off or suspend VoiceView on your Kindle.
  1. Turn off your Bluetooth audio device.
  2. On your Kindle, select the Quick Actions menu at the top of the screen, and then double tap to open the menu. Select VoiceView Settings, and then select and double tap Off.
  3. To suspend VoiceView press the power button on your Kindle. VoiceView will resume within about 5 seconds when you wake the Kindle. To wake, press the Kindle power button once, and then double tap on the screen.
Source: VoiceView Over Bluetooth

On  Kindle Paperwhite you can make your own Kindle Audio Adapter by using a microUSB to full-sized USB adapter, a USB audio adapter, plus a pair of headphones.

Attach the microUSB to USB adapter to the Kindle, and plug the USB audio adapter into it, then plug in your headphones.

Kindle app on iOS

Kindle app on iOS supports the VoiceOver accessibility feature on your device for books and periodicals.

To do this follow this steps:
  1. From your iOS device Home, select Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Under General, select Accessibility.
  4. Under Vision, select VoiceOver.
  5. Tap the On or Off button.
  6. You can then change other general settings for VoiceOver.

Kindle app on Android

Kindle for Android supports the TalkBack accessibility feature.
To activate TalkBack on your Android follow this steps:
  1. Go to Settings on your Android device.
  2. Tap Accessibility, and then tap TalkBack.
  3. Turn TalkBack on or off. 
For more information on Google's TalkBack accessibility feature see Google's Support Pages.

Kindle for PC

If you want to listen to Kindle on the PC download the latest version of Kindle for PC (1.19 or above) as it supports text-to-speech and screen readers. If you have an older version, download the Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin it supports NVDA (2017.1 and above), JAWS and Microsoft Narrator screen readers on Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 and Windows 10 in desktop mode. It supports multiple languages which includes English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Source: Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin

Kindle 2nd or 3rd generation

If you have a Kindle 2nd generation or Kindle 3rd generation keyboard, you are in luck. Just click the Text key button (this adjusts font size and number of words per line etc) and click turn on next to Text-to-speech.

Well, I am currently using the Kindle apps plus Kindle 2nd generation so I can vouch for them, however, I find that the accessibility features for Android and iOS take a little getting used to, but it works like it says it would. Just remember the text-to-speech and read-aloud accessibility features do not work on PDFs.



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