Storytel vs ZoomText

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Storytel

Category: Screen Reader
Industries: Education

Pricing

$2.49 - $179.99 per item

ZoomText

Category: Screen Reader
Industries: Software Development

Pricing

Magnifier/Reader

Home Annual License (U.S. Only)$85/year

Magnifier/Reader

Student Annual License (U.S. Only) $80/year

Magnifier/Reader $700

Magnifier Only $500

20M+ Downloads
5/5

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Storytel reviews

I can't choose a country of a language that I speak(English) as it's not even one of the options. I was just looking for an app that would work with my watch and big yikes. I can't try out the app to decide if I'm willing to pay for it because once I picked a country, everything switched to the respective language and was unusable. -10/10 And no, I'm not emailing you about it.

- C S

I'm really happy with the app, and think that subscription is a good investment. I'd only add a table of contents so listeners could find chapters and concepts easily. Other features could be customize the lapses of time a listener could go back or forward on the book, as of now, you can only do this on 15 seconds jumps. Maybe in the future the possibility to have transcripts in the audio books or the option to do searches by words inside a book. Apart from that, I really recommend it.

- A Google user

Thanks for the quick response. Rephrasing: 1. I see books which show up in my searches but when I open them and I see the message "this title is not available in your region". Would be great if these books do not show up in the search so that the search is not misleading 2. If i am reading part 1 of a book in a series, would be great if part 2 automatically starts after part1. Hopefully this is clear! Keep up the good work.

- anshuman ansu

ZoomText reviews

My wife is legally blind. She uses the program and tools everyday. ZoomText 10 has many new features and improvements.

- John B Romo

Used this for at least 15 years. In the beginning was an outstanding, enabling breakthrough for which I was grateful. Company continues to add features and it's better by far than OS accessibility. Best dedicated low vision PC solution. Recently they seem to be struggling. Their are quite a few bugs. Not entirely compatible with Office 365. Price remains high including upgrades, while the cost of other software has declined. No subscription SASS model.

- Steve Vashon

This product works well for the most part but it suffers from numerous bugs that require me to restart ZoomText several times a day. This product has many features, but I never use most of them. Would certainly prefer a product with fewer features and also fewer bugs. Here are a few of the bugs that drive me crazy with this product. Windows XP Seems to disable the start menu after a few hours of use. Restarting the application will restore your start menu. Windows 7 Disables task bar, alt tab etc (the only way to switch between applications is to minimize, but as you can't maximize this only works one way). Only way to get around this is to turn off magnification with the hot key (computer will crash if you don't) bring up the windows task manager and then kill Zoom Text from there. Another common difficulty is attempting to use the app reader to read long web pages. It has to process the entire page before it can start so this will either take a long time (sometimes several minutes) or crash the computer depending on how long the web page is. There seems to be no way to cancel once you realize it is going to take a long time. Another problem the App reader seems to develop after a few hours of use is that it will begin reading froma random part of the document and not allow you to direct it to the portion of the document you want it to read. This can be resolved by restarting the application but it is very annoying. It also disables aero under windows 7, something the windows magnifier seems to operate just dandily without having to do. This product goes a long way to make the computer more accessible for those with visual impairments, but the bugs, of which I have only mentioned a few drive me crazy. Hopefully the next release will focus on fixes and performance instead of features.

- Kenneth Spencer

Pros & cons

Storytel

Pros
Unlimited audiobooks and eBooks
Service lets you access the works of Indian authors and writers
Peed control

Cons
The UI can be confusing when using the app for the first time
Limited free version
Problem with other languages

ZoomText

Pros
Can increase the size of text & other objects on the screen
.Echoes your typing & other program activities
Automatically reads web pages & emails.

Cons
Pricey

What is Speechify?

Speechify is one of the most popular audio tools in the world. Our Google Chrome extension, web app, iOS app, and Android app help anyone listen to content at any speed they want. You can also listen to content in over 30 different voices or languages.

How can Speechify turn anything into an audiobook?

Speechify provides anyone with an audio play button that they can add on top of their content to turn it into an audiobook. With the Speechify app on iOS and Android, anyone can take this information on the go.

Learn more about text to speech online, for iOS, Mac, Android, and Chrome Extension.

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world

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