How to Use Text-to-Speech with Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC Text-to-Speech

Last year Amazon added text-to-speech support to their Kindle for PC application for Windows computers.

Kindle for PC is free to download and use, so if you have a Windows computer and need a text-to-speech program you don’t have to buy a separate device to read Kindle books aloud.

Not all Kindle books support TTS but a lot of them do.

It says on the product page if an ebook supports TTS or not under the “Product details” section.

Kindle for PC’s text-to-speech feature also works with non-Amazon content. I tested a few MOBI and PRC files and TTS worked fine.

PDFs can be imported into Kindle for PC as well and text-to-speech works with them too.

One annoying thing about Kindle for PC is the fact that it doesn’t support personal documents that you’ve added to your Amazon account, but it will open supported files from your computer.

Here’s a basic summary on how to use TTS with Kindle for PC:

Text-to-Speech Keyboard Shortcuts

To use TTS with Kindle for PC you have to turn it on in the Tools menu, or press “Ctrl,T” on your keyboard.

Toggle Text-to-Speech: Ctrl, T
Pause or resume reading: Space bar (while in a book)
Read the previous sentence: Ctrl, Shift, Up arrow
Skip forward one sentence: Ctrl, Shift, Down arrow
Increase speech rate: Shift, +
Decrease speech rate: Shift, –
Toggle continuous reading: Ctrl, Shift, C

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12 Responses to “How to Use Text-to-Speech with Kindle for PC”

  1. For what it’s worth, some Kindle Fire tablets support that text-to-speech feature. My 7 inch HD and 6 inch Fire 6 both have a setting for text-to-speech on a ‘more settings’ menu tab, and once that is selected, books that support text to speech will show a ‘play’ button at the bottom of the page.

  2. Your article is very informative and helpful for me thanks .

  3. I’m not sure if this is possible, but i’d quite like to have Kindle reading to me in the background whilst I’m doing something else on my PC. Unfortunately when I tab away from the kindle ap it stops reading. Is there any way to have it keep going. (sounds simple but I don’t seem to be able to find how to do it!)

    • This post just exposed me to the wonderful sounding Kindle for PC with Text-to-Speech.

      About losing access when you tab away… try opening an entirely new window to continue browsing. It will leave the speech playing and you won’t have to navigate away to a new tab in the same browser.

      Couldn’t hurt to try!

  4. Does someone know how to do shift plus, if there is no numlk on the Notebook kayboard? it is Maybe not the best shortcut…

  5. Text-to Speech is working but too slow and the ‘SHIFT +’ doesn’t work. Initially the speed was a bit high and I tried the SHIFT-. After this command I lost the control of this function. I uninstall the ‘Kindle for PC’ app and install it again but the problem was not solved. Do you have any hint?

  6. No sound! The Text to Speech function appears to be active in the Kindle Text to Speech menu. When Start Text to Speech is selected there is no sound. I tried a PDF file with the same result. Any suggestions?

  7. On my Kindle Fire, I can chose different voices for reading my ebooks. Is there any option for choosing a different voice in the PC app??

  8. Tried CTRL,SHIFT,C to get the test to speech feature to read continuously. It tells me I am in single page reading mode and therefore stops at the end of a page. How do you get out of single page mode?

  9. Thanks. My window kindle works but the sound at the start of the sentence is very low and after the 2-3 second sound is very clear?
    How to make sound loud/audible for start of the sentence?

    Thanks, Ajit J

  10. As someone mentioned earlier, the PC Kindle app Text-to-Speech feature stops reading as soon the the Kindle window loses focus. Even if you use tools to keep the Kindle window on top, it still loses focus and stops reading the instant you try to use another app. I believe this annoying behavior (blocking you from using the PC for any other purpose while the reader is in use) is by design to ensure this feature doesn’t interfere with Amazon Audible sales. I understand capitalism. I’m willing to buy an Audible version of books when available. The problem is, Text-to-Speech is crippled in this way even when there’s no Audible version available.

  11. The best text-to-speech software is “Text Speaker”. This app reads aloud your files in human sounding voices. You can choose from different male and female voices to listen to your text. Give it a try.