Skip to content

It Is Finally Time! The Number One App Of 2013 Brought To You By How To Be Blind Is…

Posted in Apple Inc

It is now time to reveal the app that is the number one app of 2013 as voted on by you the user. It comes as no surprise to me that this app landed at the top because it is probably my favorite app on my iPhone as well. What is that I can almost hear you saying? You want me to stop rambling and just tell you what the name of app number one is? Okay, okay you don’t have to be pushy. I am going to tell you. After all, that is what this blog post is all about, isn’t it?

The number one app on Fedora Outlier’s top ten app of 2013 brought to you by how to be blind is Voice Dream Reader!


With this very cool app one can get the ultimate reading experience on their i device. If you have ever been frustrated with having to listen to the default VoiceOver text to speech voice when reading an iBook or a pdf, or even a popular blog that you enjoy. You will then absolutely fall in love with being to consume some of your favorite content with Voice Dream Reader.

At this point it is very important for me to point out that you will not  be able to read an iBooks title with this app. This is due to Apple restrictions and not the app developer.

So what are some of the things that you can do with Voice Dream Reader? This is an excellent question and if you will keep reading I will explain.

Some of the types of content that you can use Voice Dream Reader with is:

  • Web Pages

  • PDF documents

  • BookShare content
  • The Gutenberg Project
  • MP3 audio books from your iTunes library

  • InstantPaper and Pocket

  • DropBox and Google Drive content

  • Evernote

  • So as you can see, there are so many services that you can use this app with that you will definitely  be able to get your monies worth with this app.

    My favorite feature of This app is the ability to search for and read BookShare books. That is right, with just a few steps you can set up your BookShare account in Voice Dream Reader and then you can browse their library of books and quickly download a title and begin to read it with one of the many very pleasant sounding text to speech voices that are available from within Voice Dream Reader.

    These extra voices are not free. They are available via an in app purchase. Most of the voices cost $1.99 but there a few that cost as much as $2.99. Unfortunately due to those darn Apple restrictions we cannot use these voices with other applications on our devices. I really think that it is about time for Apple to consider loosening some of these kinds of restrictions that they have with their iOS platform.

    Now let me show you how to set up your BookShare account with Voice Dream Reader.

    1. Open Voice Dream Reader on your device.

    2. Double tap on Settings.

    3. Right flick until you come to  BookShare.

    5. Double tap on it and then fill in your log in information.

    6. 5. Once you have done this Voice Dream Reader will attempt to authenticate your information with the BookShare server. If you entered in your info correctly you will get a message telling you that your BookShare account is now installed with the app.

      You might be wondering how to use your BookShare account with Voice Dream Reader. Keep reading because I will show you.

      To find and then begin to read a book from BookShare do the following:

      1. After opening Voice Dream Reader locate the Add button and double tap on it.

      2. A list of options will come up, right flick until you hear Voice Over say BookShare and then double tap on it.

      3. Now the BookShare interface that you might be familiar with from their Read To Go app will be available from the Voice Dream Reader app.

      Now you can search for a book in the same way that you do when using Read To Go. You can also navigate their collection by category or author as well.

      Once you find a book that would like to read simply double tap on the download button and in a few seconds you will be able to begin reading that book.

      It is simply amazing to me how much content is available to us and that it is all so accessible. It doesn’t seem that long ago when in order to read such content as a BookShare book we needed to also own a Daisy player such as a Victor Stream or a BookSense. Accessibility has come a very long way in such a short time, hasn’t it?

      One final point about the Voice Dream Reader app. It is not a free app but it is in my opinion well worth the asking price of $7.99. This still puts it at less than half the price of BookShare’s Read To Go and Voice Dream Reader can do so much more than just read BookShare content!

      For more interesting and enlightening  posts such as the ones that have made up this top ten countdown subscribe to The Delivering Access blog by email. Whenever one of our team members posts a blog you will get the notification sent straight to your inbox.


      If you’re looking for the latest tech news, up to date accessible tutorials, entertaining podcasts, and an outside the box perspective then look no further than How to be Blind. With four unique podcasts and constantly growing lists of the best accessible apps on the biggest platforms, How to be Blind will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest in the world of technology and accessibility. We’re even launching a WordPress for the Blind course this year that will teach you how to build your own website and blog!


      How to be Blind is created by the blind, for the blind. We strive to provide the best information and entertaining content for everyone in the blind and visually impaired community. With easy to use comment forms, Facebook page, and active Twitter account, there are more ways to interact with us than ever before! Our readers and listeners are part of a community, not just an audience. Visit us at  How To Be Blind, or on our Twitter Timeline, and on our  FaceBook Page to become part of our family! We are looking forward to making 2014 our biggest year yet!