Background Reader

ZoomText’s Background Reader allows you to listen to documents, webpages, email, etc. while you simultaneously perform other tasks.  You simply select the text you want to listen to and press the Background Reader hotkey, Background Reader begins reading the text while you go about other work.  At any time you can pause and resume reading and skim forward and backward by word or sentence. 

Watch the video of Background Reader in action

Key benefits and advantages

  • Listen to documents and other text while simultaneously performing other tasks.  For example:

    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking and take notes.
    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking while browsing web pages
    • Listen to what Background Reader is speaking while viewing corresponding information, such as pictures and illustrations.
    • Listen to one article while searching for the next.

  • Simple to learn and use
  • Promotes multi-tasking for increased productivity.

Picture of the user interface

Background Reader User Interface


Is there a limit to the size of document I can read?

  • Nope, Background Reader reads long documents just fine.

Can I choose a voice for Background Reader to use?

  • Background Reader will use the same voice that you’ve selected for all of ZoomText’s other reading features. To change it, just go to your Speech Settings.

Can I queue up multiple selections to be read one after another?

  • Not at this time, but we have added this suggestion is in the feature request list.