Originally posted on Gigaom:
Plenty of startups give you new and different ways to read content on the Web, but NY-based SpokenLayer wants to give you a way to hear it.
Launched Monday as an iPhone(s aapl) app, SpokenLayer takes text articles online and either gives them to a human to read and record, or it uses text-to-speech synthesis to meet instant demand in a matter of seconds.
Founder and CEO Will Mayo said he created the app to address his own difficulties growing up with dyslexia.
“It was a real problem for me,” he said. “I could never learn by reading. I had to learn by listening.” Access to audible versions of books and textbooks, he added, helped him get through college and complete a graduate degree in engineering.
On stage at the TechCrunch(s aol) Disrupt conference in New York, he announced the app’s launch, as well as partnerships with publishers including The…
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