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Reading speed- eyes vs. ears

I am getting uncomforably close to the border of reading print on the screen and listening to text to speech and recorded voice. What is known about reading speeds for people who make the crossing? What has been your experience?
I assume that there are wide differences between individual experiences, but what is the mode and quarter points? What is known and by whom?
With the availability of e-readers, the option of size and font choices makes eye reading attractive, vs. what I think may be slower ear reading.
Any thoughts? Has it been covered?
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Personally the transition from text to speech was easy and I was able to finish reading books in no time compared to reading text the good thing about the new synthesizers is you can reduce the speed without changing the tone. In general I'm fine with the set speed but it all depends. You'd probably want to start with books read by someone human to start. I recommend a book read by Tim Curry as a good reader he is great at making the characters realistic another i recommend is this narrator named Tom Steckshalty
Hope this helps
Lindsay


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Thank you Lindsay. May I ask what reader you use?
Comments welcome.
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Currently I use my iPad and VoiceOver to read most things or my Victor stream
Occasionally I use a talking book reader or even a cd player or a daisy reader
If you already have a mp3 player you can download audio books from places like iTunes but if you want to be able to read books for close to free you can use your local talking book service I recommend bookshare and or Ally for a few other place you could download from those two can. Cost a bit but you can download as much as you want


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The Apple man said to visit Apple.com for books. I went and Apple.com jumps around, wouln't sit still for me to read it. If it is not accessible, perhaps I shouldn't buy an iPad. As a second hand book reader I will want out of copyright books anyway. Where should I be looking?
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Personally I'm not a huge fan of the text to speech option for reading regular books. I don't mind it for text books or other resource type information. I currently have an IPhone and before that an IPod Nano. Both have a nice female text to speech voice but have the option to download audio books read by real people. When purchasing books I go through the site audible.com and I love it. They have just about everything and the prices are reasonable if you pay for membership. Membership is around 15 dollars and up depending on what kind of package you want. Plus as a member you are eligible to receive credits for free books. For instance... I pay for the 15 dollar package so I get one free credit a month as well as a disscount on books that I pay for myself. The higher priced packages do give more free credits but I'm fine with what I have.
Sincerely,
Nikki
http://playingtheblindcard.blogspot.com


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I use the I phone and the read to go application for bookshare. I also use audible .com . You can have a general membership which is 9.95 per year or amembership that earns credit which is 7.49 for the first three months and then 14.95 for each month after. You canalso use nlsbard.loc.gov which using nls to download books .


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I'd have to say that switching from text to speech came as something as a relief to me. Then again, I had to blow everything up to over six times it's normal size and used a rickety CCTV to read on.
I love using any text to speech reader that can access the internet as you can download as many books as you want and don't need to wait for them to come to you in the mail. Personally I use the Victor Reader Stream. It's lightweight and they've partnered with Audible which, like Nikki said, is an excelent site if your looking for some casual reading with great narrators.
As for finding books out of copyright, try the Project Gutenberg website. You can download books from their, and then depending on which device your using, begin reading. No hassle.


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