Ever wanted to listen to Wikipedia?

Now you can!

Our main products create audio versions of websites, mobile apps, and online documents and forms. But we’re always experimenting with new ways to use our text-to-speech solutions. We’re already adding a voice to online tests and quizzes, avatars, textbooks, and more for customers around the world. So we thought we’d try something different and speech-enable the free internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Currently, it’s very difficult for users to listen to the (usually very) text-heavy articles. Our free service improves the user experience by letting you listen to any article in high-quality text to speech with nothing to download or install. It just works! And it offers synchronized text highlighting, which is proven to increase comprehension.

How does it work?

You will see the ReadSpeaker audio player in the lower right-hand side of the screen. Click the Listen to article button or select the text you want to listen to and click the pop-up Listen button that appears.

While this is an experimental service only, the result speaks for itself!  Click the button below to start the Wikipedia/ReadSpeaker experiment.

Listen to Wikipedia

 
You can easily listen to any Wikipedia article by adding the service as a bookmark.

Drag this button to your bookmarks: Listen to Wikipedia