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       eBook-speaker  -  read  aloud  eBooks  and  other  text  formats  using a software speech-


       eBook-speaker [eBook_file | URL | -s [-r resolution]] [-o language-code] [-h] [-i] [-d pulseaudio_sound_device] [-t TTS_command] [-b n | y] [-c]


       eBook-speaker reads aloud eBooks and other text formats and even scanned documents using a
       software speech-synthesizer. By default the tool espeak is used for speech output.  eBook-
       speaker can read from http://, https:// and ftp://  URLs  using  the  tool  wget.   eBook-
       speaker also can scan a documant by itself using the scanimage application.

       A  list of items on the eBook will appear. Press <ENTER> to start reading. When reading of
       an item has  finished,  eBook-speaker  will  read  the  next  item  and  the  cursor  will
       automatically  skip  to  that  item, so that an attached braille-terminal will display the
       name of that item.


              Give an eBook_file as argument to eBook-speaker.  Many eBook formats are supported.
              eBook-speaker  also  tries  to  read  scanned  documents  through Optical Character

                       Supported formats
                       AppleSingle encoded Macintosh
                       ASCII mail text
                       ASCII text
                       awk script text
                       Bourne-Again shell script text
                       Broadband eBooks (BBeB)
                       C source text
                       Composite Document File (Microsoft Office Word)
                       DAISY3 DTBook
                       EPUB ebook data
                       GIF image data
                       GNU gettext message catalogue
                       GutenPalm zTXT
                       HTML document
                       ISO-8859 text
                       JPEG image data
                       Microsoft Reader eBook Data
                       Microsoft Windows HtmlHelp Data
                       Microsoft Word 2007+
                       Mobipocket E-book
                       MS Windows HtmlHelp Data
                       Netpbm PPM data
                       OpenDocument Text
                       Pascal source
                       PDF document
                       PeanutPress PalmOS
                       Perl script text
                       PNG image data
                       POSIX shell script text
                       PostScript document
                       Python script
                       Rich Text Format
                       Tenex C shell script text
                       troff or preprocessor text (e.g. Linux man-pages)
                       UTF-8 Unicode mail text
                       UTF-8 Unicode text
                       XML document text

              When no input-file is supplied, eBook-speaker will bring  up  a  file-manager.  See

       -b n | y
              Set  the  initial  break_on_EOL. After quitting eBook-speaker. this setting will be
              saved and used  as  default  for  future  books.  It  can  be  overruled  with  the
              'b'-command for each individual book. See the 'b' command.

       -c     eBook-speaker use tesseract for OCR by default. This option forces eBook-speaker to
              use cuneiform instead.

       -d pulseaudio_sound_device
              eBook-speaker will play on this sound device. Default is "0". (The first soundcard)
              This  option  overrules  the value in the ~/.eBook-speaker.xml config file. Be sure
              the user is a member of the group audio.

              -h     Print this usage message.

              -i     Ignore reading of the bookmark.

              -l     Deprecated. eBook-speaker now determines the file-type  using  the  libmagic

              -o language-code
                     The  language  code for OCR to use. (typically an ISO 639-1 two-letter code.
                     See <>). If this option
                     not  is  specified,  the  language  is  determined  according to the current

              -r resolution
                     By default the option "-s" will scan at a resolution of 400  DPI. With  this
                     option one can force another resolution.

              -s     Scan a document using a hardware scanner and OCR it with either tesseract or

              -t TTS-command
                     Be sure that the TTS reads from  the  file  eBook-speaker.txt  and  that  it
                     writes to the file eBook-speaker.wav.


              ·  eBook-speaker  some.epub -t "espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v

              ·  eBook-speaker some.epub -t "flite eBook-speaker.txt eBook-speaker.wav"

              ·  eBook-speaker some.epub -t "text2wave eBook-speaker.txt -o eBook-speaker.wav"


       The name and version of this program and the name of the author is displayed left  aligned
       at the top of the screen. The name of the current loaded book is displayed right aligned.

       The  second  row of the screen displays the number of pages of the current loaded book (if
       any), the current selected level and the total number  of  levels,  the  total  number  of
       phrases and the current displayed screen and the total number of screens.

       The  spoken  phrase  will be displayed on the bottom-line of the screen, so one can follow
       along on a braille-terminal what he/she hears.

       The next rows displays the title of the item, the first page of the item  within  brackets
       (if  there are pages) and the total number of phrases in this item. Items in higher levels
       are indented. (Three spaces each level.) When "just reading this item" is active, a "J" is
       viewed at the first column of that item.


       eBook-speaker recognizes the following keyboard-commands:

       cursor down,2
              Move cursor to the next item.

       cursor up,8
              Move cursor to the previous item.

       cursor right,6
              Skip to next phrase.

       cursor left,4
              Skip to previous phrase.

              View next screen.

              View previous screen.

       enter  Start reading.

              Pause/resume reading.

       home,* Read on normal speed.

       /      Search for a label.

       A      Store current item to disk in ASCII-format.

       b      Set  a  phrase-break  at  the end of a line?. When set to 'y'es, eBook-speaker will
              start a new phrase after each New-Line character. When set to 'n'o,  each  New-Line
              character  will  be  seen as a space, so that two or more lines are concatenated to
              one phrase.

       B      Move cursor to the last item.

       d      Store current item to disk in WAV-format.

       D,-    Decrease reading speed.

       f      Find the currently reading item and place the cursor there.

       g      Go to phrase in current item.

       G      Go to page number. (if there are pages)

       h,?    Give this help.

       j,5    Just read current item and place a "J" at the first column.

       l      Switch to next level.

       L      Switch to previous level.

       n      Search forewards.

       N      Search backwards.

       o      Select an output sound device.

       p      Place a bookmark.

       q      Quit eBook-speaker. The reading-point is saved as bookmark.

       r      Rotate the scanned document. If the document is accidentally placed upside-down  on
              the  scanner,  it can not be OCR'ed correctly. This command will rotate the scanned
              document 90 degrees.

       s      Stop reading.

       t      Select a TTS.

       T      Move cursor to the first item.

       U,+    Increase reading speed.

       V,7    Increase playback volume. (beware of Clipping)

       v,1    Decrease playback volume.

       x      Go to the file-manager.


       enter,cursor right,6
              Start eBook-speaker with current file as input.

       cursor left,4
              Select previous directory and open it.

       cursor down,2
              Move cursor to the next file.

       cursor up,8
              Move cursor to the previous file.

              View next page.

              View previous page.

       /      Search for a file.

       end,B  Move cursor to the last file.

       h,?    Give this help.

       H,0    Toggle hidden files displaying on or off.

       n      Search next.

       N      Search previous.

       q      Quit eBook-speaker.

       home,T Move cursor to the first file.


       When pressing the 't'-command,  the  TTS-selector  appears.  A  few  TTS-applications  are
       defined  by  default.  The first TTS in the TTS-selector will be espeak with option -v set
       according to the current locale.

       ·  Choose one by moving the cursor with the cursor-keys and  select  it  by  pressing  the

       ·  To delete a TTS-command press the DEL-key.

       ·  A new TTS-command can be provided by adding the TTS-command to the TTS-line.

       ·  To edit an existing TTS-command one has to edit the ~/.eBook-speaker.xml file by hand.

       Be sure that the new TTS reads its information from the file eBook-speaker.txt and that it
       writes to the file eBook-speaker.wav.


       Here are some examples to insert into the TTS-selector:

          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav
          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v mb-en1
          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v de
          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v pt
          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v nl
          espeak -f eBook-speaker.txt -w eBook-speaker.wav -v mb-nl2
          flite eBook-speaker.txt eBook-speaker.wav
          swift -n Lawrence -f eBook-speaker.txt -o eBook-speaker.wav
          text2wave eBook-speaker.txt -o eBook-speaker.wav
          text2wave -eval '(voice_en1_mbrola)' eBook-speaker.txt -o eBook-speaker.wav
          pico2wave -w eBook-speaker.wav "`cat eBook-speaker.txt`"


       On some soundcards (especially onboard cards) the alsa driver only can play one file at  a
       time.  eBook-speaker crashes sometimes on these cards. From this version on the pulseaudio
       sound-driver will be used instead. The pulseaudio sound system has no problems with  these

       I don't know how to play with pulseaudio in the C function sox_open_write (). For now, the
       external command sox will be used instead.


       Daniel Veillard <>
              for the XML2 library.

       Chris Bagwell <>
              for sox.


              This directory contains the bookmarks in XML-format.  Each file has the name of the
              book  and contains the name of the current item, the start-phrase of that item, the
              current level, the desired TTS and the desired reading speed.

              This file, in XML-format,  contains the name  of  the  desired  audio  device,  the
              desired OCR language and the TTS's to use. (See TTS EXAMPLES)

              eBook-speaker makes use of a temporary directory. It is removed after quitting.


       ebook-convert(1),    pandoc(1),    calibre(1),    iconv(1),   lowriter(1),   tesseract(1),
       cuneiform(1), espeak(1), flite(1), text2wave(1),  mbrola(1),  pico2wave(1),  scanimage(1),
       pnmflip(1),   gif2png(1),  man2html(1),  unar(1),  swift(1),  unrtf(1),  wget(1),  sox(1),
       magic(5), locale(7)


       Jos Lemmens <>


       Copyright (C)2011-2018 Jos Lemmens <>

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
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       version 2, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the  hope
       that  it  will  be  useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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