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Listen to it instead of read it.

Posted 11-17-2010 at 04:34 AM by peonuser
Updated 11-19-2010 at 07:29 PM by peonuser

I could not see spending $150 or more for an ereader, when I already have a laptop. But I did want a more portable way to use the files. This is what I came up with.

Just a thought....

sudo apt-get install xpdf
# or your equivalent.

pdftotext inputfile.pdf outputfile.txt

# Optional: split the text file into smaller portions if you want to.

text2wave < outputfile.txt > file.wav

# test file

aplay file.wav

# copy file to media player
# drag and dropping would be easier

cp file.wav /media/music_player

# Keep money in bank till ereaders come down to a reasonable price.

# also great for verbalising files you have created.
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