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Speechify - Text to Audiobook

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Solid text-to-speech converter may be pricey for some.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 54 parent reviews

age 18+


This app is not worth the price. There is a trial period, but I was charged a full year subscription before midnight on the day the trial period was due to expire. I am a graduate student, and I figured I would continue to use it, however I am dissatisfied with their service. Customer support is one of the worst. They don't get back to you for days. There are settings where you choose your reading speed and reading voice. Every few weeks, the app defaults to its original settings with a Robot-like voice that is difficult to follow or listen to. You try to adjust the settings to your preferences, but ultimately it defaults to the original settings. Every time I have this issue, I have to contact app support, they take days to get back to me, and a few more days to resolve my issue. As a graduate student, I have a strict reading schedule and I can't afford to deviate from it. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!
4 people found this helpful.
age 10+

Horrible experience

I am stuck in a yearly subscription with speechify inc. and it does not work properly at all and it is very expensive. I have tried to contact the company and recived no help. I feel scammed. Highly advise people to avoid this service
3 people found this helpful.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (54 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This reading tool provides users -- especially those with reading and learning disabilities -- with an option to hear written text spoken out loud. For those who have difficulty reading, Speechify - Text to Audiobook might help them learn new information and reduce the likelihood of frustration. Uploading content is simple, and the option to snap a photo of documents is very useful, especially for kids who might be given information from a variety of curricula, in different formats. Acclimating to the in-app voices can take some time, because they don't sound totally natural, but choosing the option for the child's voice definitely makes the content sound friendlier for younger users. For those who require translation of documents into various languages, it's easy to convert information from one language to another. At $7.99 per month for the Pro version (about $100 annually), it's expensive. Users should plan to make a dedicated effort to prepare to upload as much content as possible during the trial period to determine whether this strategy is helpful, so they have as much time as possible to experience the features before deciding whether to upgrade.

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