Gale Databases to Feature Text-to-Speech Option via ReadSpeaker

Apr 01, 2008

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced an exclusive agreement with VoiceCorp to implement ReadSpeaker, a service for speech enabled web, to provide text-to-speech capability to Gale online databases. This text-to-speech feature appearing on each document page will allow users to listen to the text as it is read aloud. The ReadSpeaker function converts text and streams the corresponding audio content without any software downloads or special plug-ins needed. Users can select any portion of text, or an entire article to be streamed as audio. Free to database subscribers and the end-user, ReadSpeaker functionality will be added this spring to Gale databases including Student Resource Centers, Discover, Junior Reference Collection, Kids Infobits, Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center, and Science Resource Center.