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.
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 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:
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.
Use Speechify for immersion reading on any device
The primary disadvantage of using specific devices for immersion reading is that the functionality is limited to specific platforms. Fortunately, other solutions can make the technique universal. In particular, a powerful text to speech engine accessible on different devices and platforms would represent an ideal solution.
Speechify offers precisely that. Speechify is a text to speech service capable of reading any text aloud, including scanned pages, uploaded documents, written text, and more. Speechify even utilizes advanced OCR technology to recognize and read text from photos.
With so many options, Speechify is an excellent tool for immersive reading. Better yet, the service is available on multiple platforms: It can function online and work as a Google Chrome extension but also has top-rated apps for iOS and Android devices. In other words, there are practically no limitations when it comes to using Speechify.
Many users expect inexpressive, robotic narration when text to speech is mentioned. However, Speechify takes TTS to the next level. The service supports numerous languages and comes with a plethora of quality, natural-sounding narrator voices. In fact, you can listen to narration from world-class talents like Gwyneth Paltrow and Snoop Dogg.
The vast selection of voices may play a key role in immersive reading with Speechify. Choosing the right voice will make your experience smooth and produce the desired results.
Adjusting Speechify to your listening preferences is easy. You can pick the voice that suits your needs and tweak the narration speed to be slower or faster. All of which makes the listening experience pleasant and highly customizable.
Best of all, you can try Speechify today for free. Visit the Speechify website of this TTS powerhouse to get started.
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 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. 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.