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How to Convert a PDF to an Audiobook: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Ever caught yourself wishing you could listen to your PDFs while jogging, driving, or just relaxing on the couch? Turning a PDF file into an audiobook...

Ever caught yourself wishing you could listen to your PDFs while jogging, driving, or just relaxing on the couch? Turning a PDF file into an audiobook might sound like a tech wizard's job, but it's actually quite straightforward! Whether you're an avid reader wanting to rest your eyes or someone with visual impairments seeking more accessible content, this tutorial will walk you through how to convert PDF documents into pleasant-sounding audiobooks.

Note: this article focuses on PDFs that you’ve created. No matter the content, whether it is a draft of a book or a report.

What You Need:

  1. A PDF document
  2. Text-to-speech software
  3. A little bit of patience

Step 1: Choose the Right Software

First things first, to read aloud your PDF, you'll need some text-to-speech (TTS) software. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a popular choice for both Windows and macOS users. It includes a feature called “**Activate Read Out Loud**,” which can read PDF files directly. If you're on Android, iOS, or iPad, apps like Natural Reader and Voice Over are user-friendly options with support for different languages.

Step 2: Convert PDF Text to an Audio Format

If you want a more permanent solution like an MP3 file, you'll need to convert the PDF text. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open your PDF with software like Adobe Acrobat or an online converter like Zamzar or Online-Convert. These platforms are great as they support various file formats including TXT, HTML, and WAV.
  2. Choose the conversion process appropriate for your needs. For example, Zamzar allows you to choose files directly from your computer, convert them into MP3 audio, and then download them.
  3. Save the audio file to your device.

Step 3: Customize Your Experience

Now that you've got your audio, you might want to tweak it a bit. Natural Reader and other software offer settings to adjust the voice's speed and pitch, making the listening experience more enjoyable. Also, if you're using this for language learning or need it in different languages, make sure to set that up during the conversion process.

Step 4: Sync Across Devices

For those with multiple devices, like an iPhone, iPad, Android, and MacOS, syncing your audio files across devices using cloud storage like Apple's iCloud or Google Drive can be a game-changer. This way, you can start listening on one device and pick up where you left off on another.

Creating an audiobook from a PDF document isn’t just about listening; it’s about making information more accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities or those who simply prefer audio over text. The technology is here—**text-to-speech software** has made leaps in offering more natural-sounding voices and various audio formats to enhance the audio conversion experience.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone looking to make reading more accessible due to visual impairments, converting PDFs to audiobooks is a valuable skill. So, give it a try, and who knows? You might find yourself consuming more PDFs than ever before!

Convert a PDF to an Audiobook, the easy way

As you can see, there are many steps to convert a PDF into an audiobook and if you are relatively new to this, you could get lost in step 2. However, you can create your audiobook in a much easier way.

Speechify AI Voice Generator makes this a simple process:

  1. Import your PDF into Speechify Studio
  2. Next: Choose a voice for your soon-to-be audiobook. There are 100+ voices and accents
  3. Want to translate it into another language other than English? That’s also pretty easy.
  4. Then: Want to add background music? Great. There’s plenty of free options for any genre or type of PDF you are working with.
  5. That’s it: Click export and you now have an audiobook.

Speechify Studio works in Chrome, Edge, Mac or Microsoft or any platform. THere’s nothing to install. Also, if you are just looking to import PDFs and have it read aloud without any of the above options?

Speechify PDF Reader might be what you are looking for. No matter the file size, simply import it into the cloud and Speechify will convert text into speech. Apart from PDFs, Speechify can also read PPTs, websites, or any text.

FAQ: Converting PDF Documents to Audiobooks

To turn a document, that you've authored, into an audiobook, use text-to-speech (TTS) software to convert the text into an audio format such as MP3. You can do this through online converters like Speechify Voice Generator Zamzar, or applications like Adobe Acrobat Reader and Natural Reader.

To make a PDF read aloud, open the PDF with a program that has a read aloud feature, such as Speechify PDF Reader or Adobe Acrobat Reader, and activate the "Read Out Loud" function. This will begin reading the text of the PDF using the computer's voice system.

The AI technology used to convert PDF to audio is generally referred to as text-to-speech (TTS) software. Popular examples include Speechify PDF Reader and Adobe Acrobat's "Read Out Loud" feature and standalone applications like Natural Reader.

Yes, there are several apps available that can read PDFs out loud, including Speechify PDF Reader, Adobe Acrobat Reader for desktops and Voice Dream Reader for iOS and Android devices, both of which support multiple languages and have customizable voices.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.