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Audiobooks with text. Whispersync Books?
#1  agua102 08-03-2014, 05:07 PM
I m very curious about this kind of audiobooks . They say these books are very interesting for dilexic people. I mean , I read the text and the real voice read at the same time.

I usually use to do it in my ebook reader with tts (like moonreader android marking sentence by sentence).
The format I would like to use they call VOICEtext (H) . I never used the amazon-audible but I think is not the same. I only see an explaining video when someone change from text to audio with a button . But I want at the same time.

I would like to read books in british accent to improve my accent. (maybe I have some problems with a sustained reading)
I open archive project there are many txt with mp3. I would like to use some software to sync (at least paragraph by paragraph) the real voice with the text.
By example:
https://archive.org/details/grimms_english_librivox

I could use some script from bbc radio, etc.

Can someone explain me something about it?
I dont mind I comercial solution . Obviously with a software to work it could be more useful.

(In the past I used to insert mp3 into the pdf ... but a would like a smarter solution )

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#2  DaleDe 08-04-2014, 12:21 PM
There is a discussion here http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=190338
The features are described on the Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_421125102_2?ie=UTF8&node=5744819011&p f_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0BD1R1Q488442PFJK2H3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_ p=1828054582&pf_rd_i=1000827761

It would seem to be connected to Audible where you can switch between audible version of the text and reading version of the text and keep your place in both versions. It does not seem to be simultaneous. You have to own both versions.

Dale

Dale
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#3  agua102 08-04-2014, 02:45 PM
Quote DaleDe
It does not seem to be simultaneous. You have to own both versions.

Dale
Thats what I said. I m looking simultaneous reading : text and real voice.
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#4  eschwartz 08-04-2014, 03:03 PM
Quote agua102
Thats what I said. I m looking simultaneous reading : text and real voice.
You should be able to do that too.
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#5  AlPe 08-04-2014, 03:44 PM
Amazon Kindle/Audible, offers two different features:

1) Whispersync for Voice: lets you switch between the textual ebook and the audiobook. This feature is enabled in any iOS/Android Kindle app.

2) Immersion Reading: read and listen at the same time, the written text is highlighted while narrated (kind like a karaoke). This feature is available on Kindle Fire tablets only. EDIT: also available within the Android app.

In both cases, you need to buy both the ebook and the audiobook, and have the Kindle and Audible accounts "linked" together. For details, see the Audible FAQs: http://audible.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4146/~/whispersync-for-voice-&-immersion-reading

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BTW, my company ReadBeyond (full disclosure: I am the CEO and Head of R&D) produces what we call "Audio-eBooks": reflowable ebooks, with embedded audio read by professional narrators, synchronized to the text. We use the standard EPUB 3 (with Media Overlays/SMIL for the sync info), instead of the proprietary format used by Amazon/Audible.

On our Web site we have several (100+) full, free demos of English Short Stories (and other ~20 demos in ~10 languages). We also maintain Menestrello, a free iOS/Android app specifically designed for reading+listening. My signature has the relevant links if you wish to explore further.
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#6  AlPe 08-04-2014, 03:52 PM
Also, and apologies for the self-citation, a couple of days ago I wrote a post on my blog about creating EPUB 3 eBooks with the so called "read aloud" feature, in case you are interested in the mechanics of authoring them:

http://www.albertopettarin.it/blog/2014/08/02/how-to-create-epub-3-read-aloud-ebooks.html
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#7  DaleDe 08-05-2014, 02:34 PM
Quote AlPe
Also, and apologies for the self-citation, a couple of days ago I wrote a post on my blog about creating EPUB 3 eBooks with the so called "read aloud" feature, in case you are interested in the mechanics of authoring them:

http://www.albertopettarin.it/blog/2014/08/02/how-to-create-epub-3-read-aloud-ebooks.html
I see no problems with self citation for on topic posts. No apologies necessary. I think this topic has some interesting features and you are welcome to build a wiki page on the subject if you wish.

Dale
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#8  agua102 08-06-2014, 08:24 AM
Quote AlPe
Also, and apologies for the self-citation, a couple of days ago I wrote a post on my blog about creating EPUB 3 eBooks with the so called "read aloud" feature, in case you are interested in the mechanics of authoring them:

http://www.albertopettarin.it/blog/2014/08/02/how-to-create-epub-3-read-aloud-ebooks.html

Thank very much , really amazing work.

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#9  tubemonkey 08-30-2014, 04:08 PM
Quote AlPe
2) Immersion Reading: read and listen at the same time, the written text is highlighted while narrated (kind like a karaoke). This feature is available on Kindle Fire tablets only.
It's also works on compatible Android devices. It works great on my Nexus 7.

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Experience Immersion Reading

Got a Kindle Fire HD or an Android device? If so, you can also read and listen simultaneously with real-time highlighting. It's called Immersion Reading and that's what it does: Immerse you in a story by narrating and highlighting the text as you read. It sparks an extra connection that boosts engagement, comprehension, and retention, taking you deeper into the book.

Available on Kindle App for Android, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
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#10  AlPe 08-30-2014, 04:14 PM
Cool, I guess it landed on the Android app in the latest update (?).

Moreover, recently WfV/IR has been made available in the UK (previously, it was officially available to US customers only).
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