Listen on the Go with the Lisgo Text to Voice Reader for Web News

Total Score:  29.5

There is nothing I enjoy more than having someone read to me.  I love audio books and now can enjoy a similar experience with articles I’ve selected from the internet or news aggregators like Zite or Flipboard.  You get all of that with Lisgo Text to Speech Voice Reader for Web News.   There is also an iPad version.

Price Rating = 5     Free – includes up to 3,000 words.  This may be enough for the casual user. You should start out with this mode and determine how much you need.   You can go with a monthly subscription ($5.00) and have no ads, an off-line mode and unlimited articles.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It’s very easy to use.  The controls are intuitive and are similar to the ones used for music or videos.

Readability Rating = 5      The font is a good size and words are highlighted as the voice narrates to make it easy to follow along if you wish.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     I’ll use it to listen to articles on my commute to work.  With earphones it would be nice to listen while waiting at appointments or while you are on a run.  Anytime your ears are free – this app could be used.

 Downsides Rating = 0    I haven’t found any downsides yet.   It does not, at this time, reading support PDFs or Books.  I’ll not take any points off for that, just commenting.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5    At the moment, there are a few over 20 ratings and they are all very positive.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Our days get busy and it’s not always easy to get to all the reading you would like to do.  By storing documents, you can easily catch up with this app.

How does it work? 

  1. Before you start using the app you need a Pocket app.  This is useful in Zite, Flipboard or on the internet to save articles you may not have time to read.   If you install Pocket on the internet an icon pops up to allow saving.  Once installed, using Lisgo is super easy.
  2. When you open Lisgo you’ll see a list of the articles you have saved in Pocket.  You can swipe the screen left to move an item to the top.   Or, swipe right to archive an article.
  3. Tapping on an article brings it up and lets you start the reading. Tapping on the A to the right of the controls take you to options to increase or reduce the size of the text.  (T- or T+).   You can also tap on the quarter moon shaped icon and switch between white text on a black screen and black text on a white screen.   Tapping on the A here changes the look of the font. Tapping the screen takes you back to the main controls.
  4. Tap the center icon to start the reading. As you listen to the article, words are highlighted as the narrator reads.  You can click the standard back and forward icons to go to a previous article or move to the next article.  To stop an article you tap the center icon again.
  5. You can forward the article to a message, Facebook, Twitter, email, open it in Safari or archive it by tapping the icon on the far left.
  6. Once you start the article reading, it automatically moves to the next article on the list making it easy for you to listen hands free.

I’ve been looking for an app like this and I can’t believe how good it is.   I’ve talked to others about their reading app and they comment that sometimes the reader mispronounces words in a comical way.  So far, I have found the pronunciation to be very good. Try it.  I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.   It is optimized for the iPhone 5. It requires iOS 6.0 or later. It is not optimized  for the iPad right now, but works well in the 2X mode.  The app was developed by Non Umberto.

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