If you would like to read a digital magazine with text-to-speech, this is how to do it on an iPad or iPhone using iOS’s built-in Voice Over features.
Since this is Apple technology, I’m pretty sure this will work for Apple’s Newsstand magazines as well, but I think it depends on magazine publishers and how they choose to deliver their magazines.
For the purposes of this how-to, I will describe how this works with Barnes and Noble’s NOOK app on the iPad or iPhone. The magazines that I have read with this app include a text-mode that the NOOK app refers to as their “Article View”.
How to Activate iOS’s Voice Over
- Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY
- Turn Voice Over ON
- Be sure to read the text below the main Voice Over switch.
With Voice Over on, the way you interact with the iPad/iPhone will change. Keep in mind that Voice Over is predominantly intended for the visually impaired. Having Voice Over on all the time might be frustrating. If that’s the case, apply the following setting to make it easy to enable and disable Voice Over as you need it:
Set Triple-click of the Home Button to Enable/Disable Voice Over
- Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY > TRIPLE-CLICK
- Select VOICE OVER for the Triple-click feature.
Finally, launch the NOOK app and open a given issue of a magazine. When looking at any page of that magazine you should see a button in the top-right that says “Article View”.
Tell Voice Over to Read Your Magazine
- Click “Article View” to switch from the “Layout View” that resembles the actual magazine to a layout that is more like a web page with “real” text and an image or two.
- If necessary, triple-click the home button to enable Voice Over.
- With Voice Over enabled, touch the first line of text that you would like to have read for you.
- Swipe downward with two fingers. Voice Over will begin reading the text.
- Tap with two fingers to pause reading. Tap with two fingers again to continue reading.
Good luck. I hope this is helpful