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Get your iPhone to read Kindle e-books to you aloud in 3 steps (Video)

July 22nd, 2013 By: Ash



Did you know that you can get your iPhone to read Kindle e-books out loud?

This is a pretty good alternative to buying an actual kindle device. And a considerably cheaper one!

It’s not quite the same as an audiobook.

But hey …  it’s pretty good considering the fact that a large proportion of our e-books can now be imbibed via audio. Specially good for those who prefer to learn via audio.

As at 1st May 2013 both Appleinsider and Geekwire confirmed that 1.8 million e-books on Kindle were compatible with this new voiceover feature.

Here are the 3 steps to get kindle to read the e-books out loud like an audiobook:

1. Open up the Kindle e-book to the page you would like read out loud.

2. Turn on voiceover using Siri – hold down the home button and clearly say “Turn Voice over On” (You can turn on/off voiceover using settings on your phone but it’s messy. I don’t recommend that option)

3. Press home button once (to go back to kindle) and then swipe downwards with two fingers

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Also, once you’ve followed the instructions above, you can also two finger swipe down to have the iPhone 5 (I have not tested older models) read the Kindle book continuously. Single finger tap to stop reading.

Comment by Ranayan Saries on January 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Wow. Thanks for that Ranayan. I didn’t know about the two finger swipe down to continue reading the book. Will have to give that a shot.

Thanks for sharing that tip with us.

Do you use this functionality a lot? Or do you prefer to just buy the audiobook? (Amazon often offers the audio book a a complementary product for a very low price like $3.50)

Comment by Ash on January 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

I try to triple tap but it closes out the app every time

Comment by Heather on March 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hi Heather,

Great question. Sounds to me like the Kindle app is crashing every time you triple click.

What I would do is the following:

1. Backup the phone to your computer via itunes (this is always a wise thing to do)
2. Reset the phone by simultaneously holding down the power button on the top of the phone and the home button until you see an apple logo appear on the screen. This will reset your phone and should solve most problems including the kindle crashing problem.

If Kindle is still crashing it could mean that the iPhone has a less than 10% of free space.

At this point I’d take it in to an apple store and ask them to have a look at it.

Hope that helps.

Comment by Ash on April 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

What if I want it to skip pages or read ahead, and if I stop it, will it start from the beginning again or will it read from where it last stopped? Thank you.

Comment by Mrs. Isaac on April 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

Hmmm. Good question. As I understand it the voice over function reads out highlighted text. So if you skip a few pages ahead and highlight text on there it will read that piece of highlighted text.

As for reading from where it last stopped I’m not too sure about that.

Unfortunately I can’t test it out on my iPhone either because I’ve upgraded to iOS7 and the functionality appears to be somewhat different on this version of the software.

Comment by Ash on April 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

I have an iPhone4. The steps you mention don’t work for me or I’m not getting something. Any help would be appreciated. [email protected] Thanks

Comment by Steve K on April 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your comment.

I’m not sure if the iPhone 4 can do the text to speech thing. I know that Siri is only available for iPhone 4S and upwards. What version of iOS are you running on your iPhone?

Comment by Ash on April 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

when i triple click it just changes the color of my background. Whyyy

Comment by sierra paul on April 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Good question. I think you might need to change the settings on your iPhone.

Go to Settings >>> General >>> Accessibility and toggle the “invert colors” to off and enable “voiceover”. Does that solve your problem?

Comment by Ash on April 23, 2014 at 11:26 am

Is voice over available on 5s iPhone? When I triple press my home button the screen won’t come up

Comment by Sherri on July 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I just use Siri, I say Turn on Voice Over, she turns it on. I say Turn off Voice Over, she turns it off. If I want to make adjustments, I say Open Voice over and this allows me to make the adjustments I need. I tried you way, I have a 5s and I don’t have a triple press screen.

Comment by Suzanne on January 22, 2015 at 4:57 am

You’re absolutely right Suzanne! The triple press option worked when I had written this article a long time ago in an older version of iOS. I’ve updated the article to include the correct information. I’ve also included a nice video to accompany it. Thanks for your excellent feedback. 🙂 Much appreciated.

Have you checked out any of the other articles on this site? If so, which ones appealed to you most? Do you have any requests in terms of articles you’d like to see?

Comment by Ash on January 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

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