5 Best Free Online Text To Speech Converters

You have been wanting to read your favorite author’s latest book since many days, but somehow don’t find any time for it in your busy schedule. What if you can simply convert the eBook into an mp3 file?

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This way you can listen to the audio while you are running, working out at the gym or commuting to work. There are many desktop software and also online tools to convert text to speech (TTS). However it is not easy to find free and good ones.

Most free online text to speech conversion tools are severely limited, allowing only few hundred characters or do not give any download option. In our search for free Text To Speech Online Tools, we found five best ones which we are listing here.

1. iSpeech

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iSpeech lets you upload files of various formats such as PDF, Word, RTF, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, TXT and HTML files. You can also copy and paste the text, or enter URL of the web page you want to convert. iSpeech requires you to register for free before you start converting. After the audio conversion of text is done, you can listen, download and even share the mp3 file on most of the popular social networking sites.

You can also create a Podcast of the audio.  If you are owner of a website or blog you can get the embed code for the created audio file. You can customize the look and feel of iSpeech’s player and embed it on your site. All your conversions are remembered by iSpeech and are accessible from the ‘Library’, where you can listen to and download them whenever needed. The speed of the speech can be adjusted to your liking.

2. YakiToMe

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YakiToMe (Voice of the web) lets you convert text from a file, RSS or even Emails into mp3 and wav formats. You can choose from four languages, English, German, French and Spanish and also 10 different male and female voices. YakiToMe also requires free registration to get started.

Once you choose to convert, the conversion is queued and may take some time to be completed. You can listen to and download the converted audio file to your PC. All conversion history is stored, so you can access them anytime. With YakiToMe you can adjust the speech speed, browse public podcasts by keywords, topic, popularity and listen to them. The converted mp3 file has a short YakiToMe promo included at the end of the track.

3. vozMe

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vozMe is a simple online Text To Speech tool which does not require any registration to use. You can simply copy and paste the text in the text box, choose either Male or Female voice and in a few clicks you will be able to create and download the mp3 audio file to your PC.

With vozMe’s browser bookmarklet, you can get text to speech conversion of web pages from within your browser. Currently, vozMe’s bookmarklets are available for Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer. Selecting the text and clicking on the vozMe button in your browser will let you hear the converted text. Separate bookmarklets are available for male and female voices. vozMe does not support uploading of files for conversion.

4. Zamzar

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Zamzar, a popular and free online file conversion service, has added text to speech conversion. You can simply upload your input file in TXT, DOC, DOCX, EPS, PDF, RTF, WPD, WPS formats and covert it into an mp3 audio file. Zamzar has an upload limit of
100MB for files. Optionally you can also specify the URL of a web page. When you are not registered with Zamzar, it sends you a download link to the converted file to the email address provided in Step 3 of conversion.

5. ivona

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ivona has a free text-to-speech conversion service where you can copy paste the text to be converted and choose a voice from several available male and female voices. ivona’s text to speech reader lets you listen to the audio preview of the text before downloading it. Since ivona mixes up free and paid conversion services in the same interface, it is a bit confusing for first time users of free conversion.

Click on ‘Download’ and  choose ‘Download without registration’ in the following window. There after choose the Free license, the desired recording format (mp3, ogg, A-law) and agree to their terms of use. Now the price comes down to $0.00 and you can download the audio file by clicking on ‘Buy Now’.

The free version mixes background music to the converted audio file and also a short self-promo at the beginning and end of the track. Though ivona has a not so easy to use navigation for free users, it is still worth a try, considering the advanced pronunciation improvement feature of it’s text to speech engine.

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32 Responses

  1. Alina Mcwells says:

    Hi. been following your articles latetly and I came across this one. Thanks, it’ll keep me thinking for a while.

  2. mxyzplk says:

    Thanks for the list, do you know which one is the best by looking every criteria, from the price and the voice quality?

  3. Rick Farnsworth says:

    This is a FREE Online Text to speech application that is quite good…

    Thanks
    Rick

  4. Jarold says:

    Great list, thanks. However, the only truly free TTS site you list seems to be YAKiToMe! The others either charge an arm and a leg or limit your usage.

  5. MapleLeafer says:

    ivona is the best one I’ve used so far b/c the voices pronounce words and sentences so smoothly just as if a real person was talking.

  6. John says:

    Nice collection. But I think for lazy guyz like me, opening a new website is too much a work. So My vote goes to Firefox add-on Text to Voice. Moreover, you can download the audio as MP3 file. Simple yet powerful. It can be added to firefox browser from the following link:
    addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/91405/

  7. Mike says:

    Thanks! From my experiences, Panopreter Basic is a very good text-to-speech application, it reads .txt, .rft, .doc and .htm files and converts them to wav and mp3 audio files, and works much better on Windows Vista and 7.

  8. Andrew says:

    Try to use this one speechutil.com
    Hope it will be interesting 🙂

  9. Sarah Little says:

    Hello, superb post.

  10. Bigwords says:

    Are there any with licensing agreements that let you use the resulting speech files for commercial use for free?

  11. Andrew says:

    Do You asking about – speechutil.com?

  12. vippi tupas says:

    Tarkista luottotiedot ennen kuin haet lainaa – ei ainoastaan tarkistaa luotto-raportti kavaltaa, miten voit katsoa tulevaisuuteen lainanantajia, se näyttää myös mahdollisuuden koota tietoja, jotka ovat väärässä ja aiheuttaa itsellesi parhaat mahdollisuudet on hyväksynyt .

  13. Very useful info on TTS tools. Thanks!

  14. ivi says:

    thank you very much. i almost gone and spend money on some of these tools. Now, they are free 🙂

  15. Bharat says:

    I find Ivona speech best for small projects. Gives you real time pricing and availability. Excellent for weekend bloggers. Cost of full product purchase is real steep.

  16. Raul says:

    Thanks! iSpeech worked cool for me. Nice voices and functionality.

  17. swetha says:

    hello sir,
    this is swetha, thank you for this valuable. I want to listen to some of important word files in my ipod. Is that possible. If so what is procedure to convert text to audio to listen them while travelling.

  18. Info says:

    try HearWho.com

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    the beginning, humankind has been generating waste, be it the bones and other
    parts of animals they slaughter for their food or the wood they cut to make
    their carts. With the progress of civilization, the waste generated became of a
    more complex nature. At the end of the 19th century
    the industrial revolution saw the rise of the world of consumers. Not only did
    the air get more and more polluted but the earth itself became more polluted
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  22. Rodsomething says:

    what is this crap?
    they say that you can convert to mp3 and download them to the pc but it doesnt, when you click “convert to mp3” it just opens a new tab and plays the file on your browser…dissapointed =/
    I wanted to hear it on my ipod

    • friend says:

      dude, when it plays in the browser, you simply right click anywhere on the page and choose save file as!

  23. Mimomans says:

    you can download ivona audio files also if you have internet download manger by clicking download audio from this page at the bottom of page

  24. Momloveskyle says:

    my son does K12 and they dont allow u to copy and paste…so none of these will work for us 🙁

  25. Momloveskyle says:

    my son does K12 and they dont allow u to copy and paste…so none of these will work for us 🙁

  26. Momloveskyle says:

    my son does K12 and they dont allow u to copy and paste…so none of these will work for us 🙁

  27. They gone greedy… and limit their free service to a limited number of text characters and so you are forced to hunt, and install programs…commercialism makes me sick.

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