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Too Busy to Read? Try Text2Go!

I am an information junky. My laptop is exhausted from all the web searches I do on a daily basis - looking for information I must have, simply want to know, or am looking up for someone else. Anytime I need an answer to something, I "Google it" and always find the answer. The internet is incredible, and I can't imagine how I ever grew up during the 70's and 80's without this resource - and with only the local library (and my father's incredible brain-bank of knowledge) to rely on.

Given the amount of information I find and want/need to read throughout a given week, I can't aways find the time to, well, actually read it all! Not enough hours in a day or a week to keep up. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about! Then I was fortunate enough to have a lovely email exchange with Mark Gladding, Director of a company in Australia called Tumbywood Software. They have an awesome and affordable product called Text2Go!

Here's how they describe Text2Go on their website: "Transfer information from the web to your iPod / MP3 Player, so you can listen to it on the go and utilize time that would otherwise be wasted. Make productive use of those times when you're commuting, out for a run or in the gym. Designed to help students, doctors, lawyers, academics and knowledge workers absorb large amounts of information." It's very easy to use - I highly recommend that you check it out.

5 Comments:

  • This seems like an amazing technology. Apart of my graduate studies in Instructional Technology I am enrolled in an Authoring for Mobile Devices course.
    We have had discussions, presentations, assignments and homework based on the complexity of developing sound instructional content for various mobile devices.
    I think my colleagues will be interested in this type of tool because they are information junkies as well. I hope we have some free time to explore this technology as well, cool post!

    By Blogger Aaron Kennelly, at 3:28 PM EDT  

  • Jenna,

    Great blog and great post here! This kind of software is a godsend, not only to stay up to date on your reading but also to stay in shape!

    I used to be like every working graduate student who complains of no time to read texbooks and journal articles.

    For the last six months or so, I've made a habit of pasting the upcoming week's courseware text (all of it is posted on the college's online library as text or pdf text) into speech-generating software similar to this (mine's TextAloud). I transfer these mp3 files to a little generic mp3 player.

    Every day I carve out time for a 70-minute brisk-pace walk - to both stay in shape and finish all my "reading"!

    There's no better way, especially on nice days like today in nearby West Chester PA, to study!!)

    By Anonymous Dave Fink, at 11:27 AM EDT  

  • I've been looking for something like this! I found your blog through Google Reader's recommended feeds, and I was thrilled to see this post. It's hard to find time to sit down and read, many times I wished there was an audiobook version of my course work. Now there can be!

    By OpenID lhash, at 1:56 PM EDT  

  • The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.

    By Blogger Sarin Samuel, at 3:38 AM EDT  

  • The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.

    By Blogger Sarin Samuel, at 3:42 AM EDT  

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