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by Spacejock Software
Runs on Windows XP or later, and on Linux & Mac (using mono)

yRead3 is an updated and very much improved version of yRead 1 and 2. You can safely install yRead3 alongside earlier versions of the software, and continue to use all of them.

yRead will load a plain text (TXT) or HTML file and display it in a single-column, resizable window. Then it will read the file to you out loud, using human speech. Use it to listen to ebooks, lecture notes, your own writing or any other piece of text.

yRead now includes a catalogue screen for the online Gutenberg archive - it will retrieve the latest catalogue, show you a sorted list of all titles and allow you to pick, download and listen to any of them.

yRead includes a translation table (see the help file). This enables you to build a series of phonetic spellings so that mis-pronounced words will come out correctly. This is a fairly dumb string replace, so if you replace 'e' with 'x' you'll havx to livx with thx consxquxncxs.

yRead3 is free to download and use, but you're encouraged to register your copy if you find it useful.