Capti Narrator is a program that allows anyone to import web articles into it and have them read aloud. The company was formed in 2014 and is appealing to people who suffer from reading disabilities or who want to listen to their favorite blog, instead of reading it. The company has just introduced new technology that makes 50,000 free eBooks by Project Gutenberg and converts them to an audiobook.
With 20% of the World’s population having reading difficulties due to some reading disability such as vision loss or dyslexia, and with a substantial part of the population not having the time to sit down and read a book, Capti offers a perfect solution making it easy to listen to eBooks online and across many devices, including Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, and soon Android.
With Capti, one can add any eBook, document, or a webpage to a playlist – a personal audio book library, and then listen to them on the go or at leisure, switch between devices and continue from where one left off. While attractive for consumers, Capti is also being adopted by schools worldwide as a resource for language learning and for providing alternative formats for students with reading difficulties.
Capti makes it easy for teachers to create Playlists with textual materials and share them with their students, who can then read and/or listen to their reading assignments on any of their devices. Capti supports many popular file formats such as HTML, EPUB, PDF, and DOC that can be added to the Playlist from numerous sources, including the local computer, other iOS apps, Cloud storage services: Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive; read-it-later lists: Instapaper and Pocket; and, now, also the Project Gutenberg eBook library.
“I am pleased that Capti will work to make our free eBooks easier to use in schools and colleges around the World, and I am also happy to see that Capti goes above and beyond to make sure the eBooks are universally accessible to people with and without print disabilities, as well as to those seeking to improve their literacy,” said Dr. Greg Newby, the CEO of Project Gutenberg.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.