Reading allowed

I’m now well into expanding Coding by Candlelight beyond The Hot Bits – though rest assured are some very steamy scenes to be added – and I wanted to see how it would read aloud. That’s a handy trick to work out whether a sentence, especially dialogue, will sound authentic. Reading silently is all very good, but when it comes to hearing the flow of the words, listening to somebody else reading them is the go.
I don’t actually have a Kindle to speak text aloud, but there are a plethora of apps and websites that would do the job. Naturally I wanted a freebie, and the folk at Natural Readers have an easy to use website that offers a variety of reading voices.

It works with just about any way of entering text, including directly from a file. Interestingly, it will accept a book in EPUB format.

For those who are keen to see a chapter of my work in progress, and maybe to try out the natural reader software, I’ve uploaded a sample book to a file sharing site.

Here is the sample text in MOBI format and in EPUB.

I’ll be working on the full version of Coding by Candlelight for a few days yet, and after that I’ve got a wicked little idea that may just prove wildly popular.

Bear with me.

Britni

Written by Britni Pepper

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures. Her schoolmates loved listening to her stories about princesses and pirates and dragons, and once she looked up to find the principal looking on. "No, no, don't stop, Britni," he said. "I want to hear what happens next!" What happened next was university, a job in the travel industry, and a career of travelling the world meeting the most fascinating people. Britni has travelled to thirty of the world's nations and loves making up stories about fascinating people doing interesting things in exotic places. No longer tales about princes and wizards, but her stories are just as much fantasy as ever.

3 comments

    1. That is brilliant! Yes, it works super. And translates the text into a different language. Double happiness.

      Google Translate is awesome. I use it on my phone when travelling. Just point the camera at a sign, or a menu, or a train timetable and it translates what is right there in front of me.

      Thank you so much!

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