PDF audio-reader: how to listen to your PDFs

Read PDFs aloud with tools like ElevenLabs Projects


  • Overview
  • Key takeaways
  • From web pages to PDF files: how audio-readers are broadening accessibility
  • How do PDF audio readers work?
  • Why use ElevenLabs for converting pdf documents to audio
  • How-to: ElevenLabs Free Text Reader for PDF files
  • Final Thoughts


PDF audio readers—advanced text-to-speech (TTS) apps—read PDF documents aloud. By converting PDF files, web pages, and various document formats into audio, they make text-based content accessible to a wider audience. For example, by helping individuals with visual impairments or reading difficulties consume written materials.

Tools like ElevenLabs Projects and the ElevenLabs Reader app are notable examples, providing high-quality AI-generated speech with customizable speech rates. These voice reader tools offer an intuitive interface for users, making it easy for people to listen to written content on their preferred devices, including mobile apps and web players.

This article explores what PDF audio readers are, how they work, and how you can convert PDFs into audio using ElevenLabs.

How do PDF audio readers work?

PDF audio readers use optical character recognition (OCR) to scan and convert text from PDF files and other document types into digital text.

This text is then processed by TTS engines, which generate spoken words. Users can adjust the reading speed and choose from various voices to personalize their listening experience.

Applications like ElevenLabs, Adobe Reader, and Voice Dream Reader provide additional features, such as pasting text, uploading files directly, and using chrome extensions for seamless integration with web pages.

From PDF files to audio content: how audio-readers are broadening accessibility

By converting text into audio, text-to-audio PDF reader tools make it easier for individuals with visual impairments or reading difficulties to access written content. Users can convert a variety of documents into PDFs—emails, news articles, and e-books—and have the app read them out loud.

Using ElevenLabs for converting pdf documents to audio

ElevenLabs has two different PDF readers: ElevenLabs Projects and the ElevenLabs Reader App.

ElevenLabs Projects gives you complete customization over your audio content—it's basically an all-in-one audiobook workshop. Upload your PDF, adjust the stability, clarity, and enhancement settings, use different voices, and more.

ElevenLabs Reader, on the other hand, is the more basic option—but it allows you to access TTS audio files on the go. Note that it's currently only available for download on iOS (i.e. Apple devices).

ElevenLabs key features

  • Contextual awareness: ElevenLabs Contextual TTS speech tool recognizes text nuances, creating synthetic, human voices with accurate intonation and resonance.
  • Long-form capabilities: The Projects model allows users to generate, edit, and customize long-form spoken audio for audiobooks.
  • Text-inputted pauses: In Projects, you can manually adjust the length of pauses between speech segments to fine-tune pacing and improve naturalism.
  • Multiple voices and languages: Choose from 29 languages and 90+ voices for your narrator.
  • Single click conversion: Instantly convert any length of text into audio with one click.
  • On-the-go audio content: Mobile apps like ElevenLabs Reader allow users to consume content on the go, through a web player or downloadable audio files.

How-to use ElevenLabs Reader app for PDF files

Want to listen to PDF files while out and about? Follow these 4 simple steps.

  1. Download the ElevenLabs Reader app by heading to the app store before logging in to your ElevenLabs account.
  2. Click the + button and select 'Import File'.
  3. Then, hit 'Listen' and press the play button.
  4. If you want to choose a different voice, select the audio wave button on the bottom left-hand corner of the menu.

That's it!

Final thoughts

PDF audio readers are invaluable tools for enhancing accessibility and improving the reading experience for users with visual impairments or reading difficulties. By leveraging advanced TTS technology and providing a user-friendly interface, these tools ensure that written content is accessible to a broader audience.

Whether for personal use, educational purposes, or commercial applications, PDF audio readers like those from ElevenLabs are revolutionizing the way we consume content.

ElevenLabs Projects offers a versatile and intuitive solution for converting PDF documents to audio, supporting a wide range of languages and file types. Or, if you want to listen to PDFs while on the go, download the ElevenLabs Reader app.

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