Read Books on the Go

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Sweet_Nothing
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Read Books on the Go

Post by Sweet_Nothing » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:48 am

Hi everyone,

If you have an android phone,

You can download a free app called FB Reader :
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... roid&hl=en

Also download the TTS Plugin:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... plus&hl=en

If you have a Samsung phone, then the default Samsung UK/US English voice is very clear and natural sounding.
If not, then you can download an app called Ivona HQ for free. The UK Amy voice is one of the clearest.

Here is a good place to start looking for free Dhamma ebooks : http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

Now, you can load any ebook you want in the epub format on FB Reader, and go to "Speak Plus".

Your phone will start reading the book for you and you can adjust speed/pitch if you need to.

This technology has been very useful to me as I am now able utilize my commuting times to listen to Dharma. Hope you find it useful as well.

There must be similar software available for PC/MAC and IOS/Windows phone, but I haven't tried any. Look around a bit and you're likely to find something you can use in the same way.

If you have any technical queries or there's something I missed out on, then please post below and I'll try to help you.

PS: For PDF ebooks, there's another android app called Voice Aloud Reader.
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Re: Read Books on the Go

Post by Doshin » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:37 am

Sweet_Nothing wrote:Hi everyone,

If you have an android phone,

You can download ...
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Now, you can load any ebook you want in the epub format on FB Reader, and go to "Speak Plus".

Your phone will start reading the book for you and you can adjust speed/pitch if you need to.

This technology has been very useful to me as I am now able utilize my commuting times to listen to Dharma. Hope you find it useful as well.
Text-to-speech, is very automatic, and I would miss the intonation of the speaker. Very often there is great insight in the intonation, and the pauses. That you would miss in TTS (and in books as well).

I agree it would give you Dhamma-talks, that would otherwise not be available as speech. But there is thousands, if not million hours of recorded Dhammatalk (freely) available already. Either as plain download, or as podcasts (if you prefer some automatic fetching).

To name some (somebody will/can probably point us to a thread with a collection of links):
http://forestsangha.org/podcasts/
http://birken.ca/audio_dhamma_talks (collection of 4500+ Audio Dhamma Talks)
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/
http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/downloads/ ... talks.html
http://www.audiodharma.org/

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Sweet_Nothing
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Re: Read Books on the Go

Post by Sweet_Nothing » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:19 pm

Doshin wrote: Text-to-speech, is very automatic, and I would miss the intonation of the speaker. Very often there is great insight in the intonation, and the pauses. That you would miss in TTS (and in books as well).

I agree it would give you Dhamma-talks, that would otherwise not be available as speech. But there is thousands, if not million hours of recorded Dhammatalk (freely) available already. Either as plain download, or as podcasts (if you prefer some automatic fetching).

To name some (somebody will/can probably point us to a thread with a collection of links):
http://forestsangha.org/podcasts/
http://birken.ca/audio_dhamma_talks (collection of 4500+ Audio Dhamma Talks)
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/
http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/downloads/ ... talks.html
http://www.audiodharma.org/

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Wow, that's a lot of Dhamma talks records ! Thanks for the valuable info. I still haven't finished listening to the collection of hundreds of evening talks by Thanisarro Bhikkhu at dharmatalks.org (Cant get enough of them!)

I agree that TTS is automatic and cannot compare with the actual insight gained from reading directly. I generally use it for reading easy going books, or re-reading books I have already read before while I'm commuting.

Have a good day !
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Re: Read Books on the Go

Post by waterchan » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:47 pm

Listening to Dhamma talks on the go is a great thing. Surely better for your spiritual development than listening to music or watching a movie on the go.

That said, a Dhamma talk is something that you listen mindfully, not with effort, but by opening your heart to it and letting it flow in. And right after the talk ends, while your memory is still fresh you reflect on the talk, and absorb the qualities that were expounded. That's difficult to do on the way to work or school, where there's usually plenty to distract and occupy the mind. Often you miss entire sections of the talk because you were distracted.

Bhikkhu Bodhi says that you should set aside some each day where you solely dedicate yourself to spiritual cultivation, such as listening to a dhamma talk or meditating. I think that's the best way to absorb the Dhamma.

Ajahn Chah on Learning to Listen:
''When you listen to the Dhamma, you must open up your heart and compose yourself in its centre. Don't try and accumulate what you hear, or make painstaking efforts to retain it through your memory. Just let the Dhamma flow into your heart as it reveals itself, and keep yourself continuously open to the flow in the present moment. What is ready to be retained will remain. It will happen of its own accord, not through forced effort on your part."
quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)

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