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Immersion reading is an advanced tool that can improve focus, comprehension, and the entire reading experience. But what devices have immersion reading? Find the answers here.

What devices have immersion reading?

Immersion reading is an increasingly popular learning technique. This method consists of reading a text while listening to its audio reproduction. As an advanced tool, immersion reading helps with reading comprehension, language learning, and, most importantly, learning disabilities.

In some instances, immersion reading requires a dedicated device. Read on to find out which devices support immersion reading.

What is immersion reading?

Immersion reading is a multi-sensory learning approach that combines reading with listening to create a more enriching and engaging experience. Typically, a reader will simultaneously read a digital book while listening to its audiobook counterpart. By doing so, the reader engages both the visual and auditory senses, which can enhance comprehension, improve retention, and boost overall engagement with the material.

Immersion reading can be especially beneficial for learners who may struggle with traditional reading, such as those with dyslexia, as the combined auditory and visual input can provide reinforcement of the content. Additionally, by experiencing the text in two formats, readers often report a deeper connection and understanding of the narrative or content, making the experience both enjoyable and educational.

Immersion reading with Kindle devices

Several Amazon Kindle devices support immersion reading. This function allows the user to listen to a companion audiobook alongside an ebook. Since immersion reading represents one of the new features on Kindle devices, not all readers come with that functionality.

Before listing Kindle e-readers and apps with immersion reading support, it would be good to understand the difference between this feature and Whispersync for Voice, which is present on most Kindle models.

Unlike immersion reading, Whispersync for Voice doesn’t allow the user to read and listen to a book simultaneously. Instead, this service is made to synchronize a Kindle ebook (for instance, from Kindle Unlimited) with an Audible audiobook. As a result, the user can seamlessly switch from one format to the other. While the feature may be handy in certain situations, it’s not the same as immersion reading.

Kindle devices that support immersion reading include:

  • Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7
  • Kindle Fire HDX
  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Amazon Fire phones

Additionally, Kindle has several apps for iPhone or iPad, Android, and Windows phones. Of these apps, the iOS and Android versions have immersion reading features.

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Microsoft recently introduced the Immersive Reader feature for Edge, the native Windows web browser. The feature is designed to improve the reading experience and serve as an accessibility and learning tool.

Microsoft Immersive Reader is available on any web page opened in the Edge browser. Once enabled, the feature offers various accessibility options:

  • Read aloud
  • Text adjustments
  • Grammar tools
  • Reading preferences

Activating Immersive Reader is straightforward. The user only needs to navigate to the address bar and click on the Enter Immersive Reader button. The same can be achieved by pressing F9 on the keyboard.

If you want to use immersion reading, the Read Aloud option will be of interest. By clicking the play button, Immersive Reader will activate its text to speech function and start reading the text on the web page. Users can pause the TTS engine by clicking the Pause button or exit Read Aloud by pressing X on the keyboard.

Other options of Immersive Reader may also be helpful. For example, users can adjust the font, text, and paragraph spacing, as well as color schemes on the page. Grammar tools may split words into syllables and highlight different word types. Finally, reading preferences allow the user to turn on line focus and choose whether to focus on one, three, or five lines. There’s also a picture dictionary that displays a graphic representation of the selected word.

It’s worth noting that Immersive Reader functions on Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.

Practice immersion reading with Speechify Audiobooks

If you don’t want a specific reading device in order to practice immersion reading, but still want high-quality audiobooks, we recommend Speechify Audiobooks. This audiobook service is more affordable than buying Audible books or an Audible subscription, and it comes with a massive library of audiobooks in many genres and languages. Using audiobooks is a perfect way to practice immersion reading with physical books you already own. All you have to do is make sure the audiobook version is the same edition and translation as your physical book.

With Speechify Audiobooks, you can listen to thousands of titles while immersive reading thanks to the many professional audiobook narrations to choose from. Enjoy genres like romance, mystery, fantasy, business, biographies, and many more. The best part is you can access Speechify audiobooks in your web browser or on the iOS app for iPhone and iPad.

Try immersive reading with Speechify Audiobooks for free today.

FAQ

What devices support Whispersync for Voice and immersion reading?

Devices that support only Whispersync for Voice include:

  • Android Audible apps 1.4 and up
  • iOS Audible apps 1.8 and up
  • Windows phone Audible apps 1.4.2 and up
  • 8th-gen Kindle
  • 8th and 9th-gen Kindle Oasis
  • 10th-gen Kindle Paperwhite
  • Kindle Touch 5.3.2 and up
  • Kindle Keyboard 3.4.1 and up
  • 2nd-gen Kindle Fire and Fire HD

Devices with Whispersync for Voice and immersion reading support are:

  • Android Kindle apps
  • iOS Kindle apps
  • Amazon Fire phones and tablets
  • Fire HDX and HD 6 and 7

Does Kobo have immersion reading?

While Kobo has many advanced reading options, the service doesn’t currently support immersion reading.

Where can I find out more information about immersion reading?

You can find the basics about immersion reading on Audible’s help page, accessible from Audible.com. Also, keep an eye out for the latest Speechify blogs on the subject.

What is Kindle Paperwhite?

Kindle Paperwhite is an ebook reader used to read Amazon and public library books.

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.