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Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka.

The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.

The program can read the clipboard content, view text from documents, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Supported file formats: AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, DOCX, EML, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODS, ODT, PDB, PRC, PDF, RTF, TCR, WPD, XLS, XLSX.

The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.

Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously.

Make your PDF accessible:

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare is the RNIB UK education collection for print-disabled learners including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted.

Access to thousands of books and over 3,000 accessible images in large print and braille. Find and request books.

Who qualifies for access?

The books are accessible, which means you can read our books many different ways.
  • Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
  • Hear and see highlighted words on screen
  • Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
  • Create physical braille or large print
  • Read directly from your Internet browser

Contact your librarian

Please contact your librarian. They will check you meet the requirements, set you up to use the service and provide help to obtain resources for you.

Use RNIB Bookshare to search for materials and choose the format you need.

Page Last Reviewed: 26th June 2018 by Ros Francis.