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    Question Text to Voice (Text Reader)

    Is there such a program on Ubuntu that can read text (english text)

    and out put Audio?



    I got this 300 page e-book from a friend, but reading this on the LCD screen really hurts my eyes!


    I would actually prefer to copy n paste this text into some program that would READ the text to me!


    I'm not sure if this fall's under this forum, but thanks for your help.

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    Re: Text to Voice (Text Reader)

    I personally have no idea how to do this...however the guy who made post 5 in that thread seems to know what he is doing.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=918099

    good luck. If that doesn't work try doing ubuntu forums or google searches wiht things like text to speach or text reader (add linux or ubuntu if doing google searches)

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    Re: Text to Voice (Text Reader)

    I installed text reader on a netbook using UNR karmic and a laptop using ubuntu karmic. It works fine on the netbook but fails on the laptop. Running it from terminal on the laptop gives:
    administrator@JohnLaptop:~$ python /usr/share/textreader/textreader
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/share/textreader/textreader", line 7, in <module>
    import wx.richtext as rt
    ImportError: No module named richtext

    Python version is 2.6.4 (found by running python in terminal).

    richtext.py is in /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-
    packages/wx-2.8-gtk2-unicode/wx but not /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-
    packages/wx-2.6-gtk2-unicode/wx. Is this significant? BTW on the
    netbook, richtext.py is in /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-
    packages/wx-2.6-gtk2-unicode/wx but there is no /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-
    packages/wx-2.8-gtk2-unicode/wx directory.

    I have no knowledge of python. So any help needs to be clearly explained. Thank you.

    PS /usr/share/textreader/textreader's first few lines are:
    #!/usr/bin/python

    #Text Reader
    import wx
    import os
    import tl
    import wx.richtext as rt

    John

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    Re: Text to Voice (Text Reader)

    Quote Originally Posted by rDwyP44y View Post
    Is there such a program on Ubuntu that can read text (english text)

    and out put Audio?



    I got this 300 page e-book from a friend, but reading this on the LCD screen really hurts my eyes!


    I would actually prefer to copy n paste this text into some program that would READ the text to me!


    I'm not sure if this fall's under this forum, but thanks for your help.
    espeak is already installed. It command line text to voice.

    Code:
    man espeak
    Also search speech synth in synaptic.
    Last edited by coffeecat; June 10th, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

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