Text-to-speech for Google Play content

If you have a hard time reading text on your mobile device, you can have your Google Play Books Google Play Books app or Google Play Newsstand Google Play Newsstand content read aloud to you using your device's text-to-speech feature. To use this feature on an Android device, turn on TalkBack. On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, turn on VoiceOver.

Listen to Books and Newsstand content on your Android device

To hear your Google Play Books and Newsstand content read aloud, first turn on TalkBack:

  1. Go to your device's main Settings menu > Accessibility > Vision > Talkback.
  2. Touch the On/Off selector.
    • Touch Settings at the bottom of your screen to change speech volume and other vibration settings.

To start listening to books:

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Google Play Books app.
  2. Open a book.
  3. Touch the center of your screen.
  4. Touch Menu Menu > Read aloud.

Many books from Google Play can be read aloud. If you don't see the "Read aloud" option, that means the book is in a format that doesn't allow it. Learn more about file types that allow reading aloud.

Note: While you're on Read Now or My Library screens, Talkback for Books works better if you swipe to the left, rather than the right. That way, you'll hear the menu options first.

To start listening to Newsstand content:

  1. Open the Google Play Newsstand app Google Play Newsstand.
  2. Open content you want to read.
  3. Touch to select the text you want to hear read aloud.

Magazines that are made up of scanned images can't be read aloud.

Note: For more information about TalkBack and Android accessibility features, visit TalkBack Help.

Listen to Books and Newsstand content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Turn on VoiceOver

  1. Go to your device's main Settings menu.
  2. Touch General > Accessibility.
  3. Select VoiceOver.
  4. Touch the On/Off selector.

For more information about VoiceOver and iOS accessibility features, visit Apple's support site.

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