Telephone Reader Information Delivery System

Recorded voice and text-to-synthesized-speech, all in one unit

Imagine picking up the telephone and dialing up your local newspaper, national magazines, or recent novels, and using the touch-tone buttons to go right to the content you want, skip forward and back, and even adjust the speed of the reading. Or maybe you'd like to select from an archive of recently-broadcast radio shows. That's what Telephone Reader users do, at their convenience, every day. If you'd like to learn more about using the Telephone Reader system, click on the Getting Started link. If your organization might consider operating a local Telephone Reader system, read on.

Telephone Reader is a turnkey voice information system, combining recorded voice seamlessly with text-to-speech synthesis. It is based on custom software developed by and for reading services to serve print-disabled persons. Telephone Reader is the easiest way for a radio reading service to provide newspapers and other content by telephone. Anything you record or put on the air can be made available 24 hours a day to your clients, including

  • Voice recorded and text-to-speech newspapers
  • Radio reading program schedules
  • Bus schedules
  • Movie listings, live theater, and music event information
  • Restaurant menus
  • Organizational newsletters
  • Phone listings and community reference information
  • Book readings

If you are interested in using the Telephone Reader system to hear your local newspapers, visit our Getting Started page to find cheat sheets for the pushbutton controls, and a listing of Telephone Reader systems in use in North America.

If you are interested in operating a Telephone Reader system in your area, visit the FAQ page and our System Details page. 

Telephone Reader is a part of the Audio Reader network, a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri.