Google Play Books gets high quality read aloud, pinch zoom, recommendations
If you like having your classics read to you by your handheld device but don’t care for the usual robot-stuck-in-a-well tones, Google Play Books has been updated with a more dulcet option. The "read aloud" function (which has been around for several versions, despite Google saying it’s new) now has a high quality voice option, which only works if you’re connected to the internet. We gave it a whirl ourselves, and it’s now far more tolerable to listen to "Oliver Twist" or other flowing text books, thanks to a more natural sounding voice — as heard in the audio file after the break. In addition, Google has added pinch or double-tap zoom options, text editing features for notes, personalized recommendations and "numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements." To give it a look (or listen) for yourself, check the source for more info.