By Sara Bernard
The many bells and whistles of e-readers are fun to use, but for dyslexics, they can be essential tools for basic reading.
For example, the book reader for the iPad has a text-to-speech feature built in called VoiceOver and the Intel Reader can take pictures of text and convert it into audio files within seconds. Readers can then choose the speed of playback for those audio files, helping them sound out words they’re struggling with.
E-readers with built-in dictionary features can also help readers quickly see the pronunciation and the order of syllables in a word. And readers can customize reading modes, such as font, size, and color. "All the books I've found so far tend to be on white, but there's an option to make it a dark yellow which is good for me," notes one member of an online forum.