Turn PDF into audiobook with Internet Archive and Kafka

Mar 10, 2024

ver found the perfect research paper or fascinating book on the Internet Archive, only to be met with a wall of text and limited time? Well, fret no more! The Internet Archive's book reader has a built-in "Read Aloud" feature that turns those PDFs into audiobooks, right at your fingertips.

The feature is made even simpler when using the Kafka Android app. You can seamlessly find books and listen to them as audiobooks.

Download Kafka - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kafka.user

That's right, you can ditch the highlighter and settle in for a listening session. This fantastic update means:

  • Convenience: No need to download additional text-to-speech software. Just fire up the Kafka for Internet Archive and click "Read" on a text item. The reader has the option to play an audiobook.

  • Accessibility: This feature is a game-changer for people with visual impairments or those who prefer auditory learning.

  • Multitasking: Free up your eyes for other tasks while absorbing information. Take notes, fold laundry, or go for a walk – the PDF gets read to you!

Here's how to get started:

  1. Download Kafka for Internet Archive (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kafka.user) and find your desired PDF (books, articles, you name it!).

  2. Open the document and click on "Read", the online PDF reader opens.

  3. On the navigation bar, you'll see a handy speaker icon. Click it!

The Internet Archive will then utilize your device's built-in text-to-speech functionality to read the PDF aloud. Different browsers and operating systems may offer various voice options, so explore and find the perfect narrator for your listening experience.

Keep in mind:

  • The Read Aloud feature works best with PDFs containing actual text, not just scanned images.

  • The quality of the narration will depend on the ebook and the language.

With this new feature, the Internet Archive continues to be a treasure trove of information, becoming even more accessible and user-friendly. So, the next time you find an interesting PDF, pop on your headphones and let the Archive read it to you!