Many e-books are in pdf format and can be read by Adobe Reader's built-in speech synthesis, Read Out Loud.
Activate Read Out Loud from View > Read Out Loud. The speech synthesis and accompanying read voice used depends on the operating system, ie. if the computer is a PC or Mac.
Downloading chapters or pages from some e-box platforms creates a pdf. This pdf file is an image and can not be read with Read Out Loud.
On all student computers there is the speech synthesis program TorTalk. The program can read out everything that can be highlighted and is text. This means, for example, Word, most web texts and pdf files. Tortalk has language files that read texts in Swedish or English. The program works on images of text if electronic text is not available. Even locked PDF files and e-books are being read.
Special e-book suppliers
Dawsonera - Books are downloaded as PDF’s which can be read with Adobe Reader’s Read Out Loud program.
Elsevier - Books can be read as either HTML or PDF’s which are readable in Adobe Reader.
Springer - Books can be read as either HTML or PDF’s which are readable in Adobe Reader.