Though not as soothing as Mom reading you a bedtime story, this application is reliable. It could, however, improve with a few more customizing options. E-Text Reader's interface resembles a text editor, thus making it very intuitive and easy to use, if not a bit out of date. To have a text read, simply cut-and-paste a document into the application window or open a file (either plain text, DOC, or even HTML). It's important to make sure the cursor is at the point you want the reader to begin. With one click (the Read button has a cute green smiley face on it) the program begins to read the text in one of three standard voices. A video tutorial is included, but we didn't think it necessary given the relative ease of using the program. Though the download is a large one (25MB), the fact that it's freeware puts any weighty program issues quickly to rest. Overall, E-Text Reader is a reliable, efficient program at a great price (none!).
What's new in version 5.1
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedApril 7, 2006
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
It does more than read it can translate too. E Text Reader IGT is designed to help those who have trouble reading or comprehending the printed word. Thousands of literature titles are now available in electronic format. E Text Reader will read (using digital voices) the electronic version of books (e-books or e-text) to you. It can read any document in Standard Text, MS Word, RTF (Rich Text Format), XML, and HTML. E Text Reader will help anyone who needs documents read to them, and it supports text highlighting and bookmarking. Version 5.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.