What is a Screen Reader and where can I find one?

What is a Screen Reader and where can I find one?

A screen reader is a software application that attempts to identify and interpret what is being displayed on the screen (or, more accurately, sent to standard output, whether a video monitor is present or not). This interpretation is then re-presented to the user with text-to-speech, sound icons, or a Braille output device. Screen readers are a form of assistive technology (AT) potentially useful to people who are blind, visually impaired, illiterate or learning disabled, often in combination with other AT, such as screen magnifiers. (Reference: Screen Reader? - Wikipedia)

There are various screen readers available for grab depending on the OS of your device. Most of these are built-in and are free of charge whereas some are designed for commercial use and can cost up to a few hundred dollars (prices based on the date of this article). Here is a list of the most commonly used screen readers:

Desktop Computers and Laptops




Mobile Phones



  •   Talkback - Built-in and free. Available on Google Play



Browser Plugins

For a list of more screen readers, read List of Screen Readers.

Created: 7 December, 2014

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