Do you love to settle down with a book but struggle to find the time sometimes? You could, if you had cash to spare, order some audio books form iTunes or another audio book site. Alternatively, you could set your iPhone or iPad up so it reads your iBooks to you.
Image : iBooks on iPad and iPhone
iOS 7 has a little feature in it called VoiceOver but it does take a bit of getting used to. The normal gestures that you currently use on your iOS device won’t work so you need to learn a new set of tapping gestures, using single, double, or triple taps. We are going to give you a full guide on how to set up and use VoiceOver to read your iBooks to you:
To Turn on VoiceOver:
- Open Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Accessibility
- Tap on VoiceOver to turn it on
- To adjust the speed of talking, drag the slider – the turtle is slow, the rabbit is fast!
DO NOT exit just yet, this next section helps to set up the gestures:
Following on from the last point above:
- At the top of the screen, tap on Accessibility
- Now double-tap it to go back
- You should still be in the Accessibility menu – using THREE FINGERS , scroll down to Accessibility Shortcut
- Select and then double tap the option
- Tap on VoiceOver.
This has set up a way or you to turn VoiceOver on and off without having to keep going back into Settings. If you were successful, you should now be able to triple-tap the home button to toggle it on and off.
How to Use VoiceOver in iBooks
- First, we are just going to practice using VoiceOver and learning some of the basic gestures so triple tap your home button and turn VoiceOver off
- Open iBooks, tap on the book you want to open
- Now either select the Bookmark icon or the last page you read
- Triple click that Home button again to turn on VoiceOver
- Using one finger, single tap the page, anywhere on the main body of the text
- Using two fingers, swipe down the screen – VoiceOver will be activated and the words on the page read out to you.
You will even find that the pages are automatically turned as the book is read. When you have had enough, use two fingers and single tap the screen. Triple click the Home button again to turn off VoiceOver
Have you ever used this feature ? Let us know how you get on if you give it a go.