Evernote Launches Remarkable Text-to-Speech Feature That Reads Articles To You


Evernote Clearly boosts the productivity of busy individuals and business professionals with new text-to-speech feature.

Think of all the times you’re in the office and you’d like to keep up to date with the latest news within your industry, but you just can’t find the time. Wouldn’t it be great if someone would just read the articles out loud to you while you’re answering emails, processing orders and reviewing invoices? Sounds ridiculous, but that’s now possible with the new text-to-speech feature within Evernote Clearly.

Evernote Clearly is a browser extension that removes ads and navigation from a web page, allowing a reader to focus solely on the content within an article (bad for publishers like Firmology, but we’re not here to debate the online media industry’s business models). The new text-to-speech feature, developed with iSpeech technology, lets readers listen to website articles as if they are listening to a podcast or an audio book. The feature highlights words as they’re read and allows readers to pause, skip ahead or to the previous sentence.

Text-to-speech supports over a dozen different languages and automatically detects the language on the site. Product Manager Jakob Bignert mentions plans for language support in the comments of Evernote’s announcement, “we are considering adding support for different accents, like British English.”

The text-to-speech feature is available as a Google Chrome extension for Evernote Premium subscribers, which costs $5.00 per month or $45.00 per year. Evernote plans to roll this feature out to other browsers in the near future.

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Written by Philip Nowak

Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, a small business news and information media company focused on helping small business owners grow their business through technology and innovation. You can find Philip on Google+Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small businesses and online startups. He honed his entrepreneurial chops while working for his family’s Chicago-based window manufacturing business. Philip graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics.