Top Ranch Pen Posts 2016 #1

The top Ranch Pen post of the year is the same one as the past three years: a techie post from the farm, How to get Your iPhone to Read Your Kindle Books and Magazines to You. The day I figured this out was a groundbreaking day in southwest Oklahoma, opening up whole new worlds. There were literally two  thousands of people who were real tickled with the breakthrough.

Anyway, the process is fairly easy–but aggravating–as Voiceover isn’t the most cooperative thing in the world. For instance, I have no idea how to answer my phone if it rings while Voiceover is reading. Maybe one day, I’ll address that topic. For now, however, the easiest way to get it to read is to open your Kindle app at the correct page, tell Siri to turn on Voiceover, swipe down on the screen with your two fingers crossed, hoping for the best. Don’t forget to command Siri to turn off Voiceover when you’re done, or you’ll be standing there trying to figure out how in tarnation to answer an important callprobably have more problems than you know what to do with.

Today is my first ever techie post: How To Get Your iPhone To Read Your Kindle Books And Magazines To You Even Though It Seems Like There Should Be An Easier Way To Do It. (Like straight from the Kindle App. I’m just sayin’.) If you have your Kindle read aloud to you a lot, you might find it handy to have your books read from your iPhone, too.

Screenshot from World Magazine on Kindle App for iPhone

Random screenshot from World Magazine on my Kindle App for iPhone. Your iPhone will read this to you.

Everybody who knows me is laughing their heads off that I would tackle a tech issue, but this is something daughter-in-law #2 and I have been trying to figure out for a while. Finally, Eureka! If I’m the last iPhone/Kindle reader left alive who didn’t know how to do this, please be kind–I’m not as young as I used to be.

(****Update 2016)

Easiest way to do this operation:

#1. Open the Kindle app to the page you want to start reading.

#2. Tell Siri to turn on Voiceover.

#3. Swipe down with two fingers on the screen for continuous reading.

#4. When you’re finished reading, tell Siri to turn off Voiceover.

(***Update 9-29-2015 since iOS 9 update)

Step#1: Open your Kindle app to the book page or magazine you want to read.

Step#2: Quickly tap the home button three times. A female voice will say, “Voiceover on”.

Step #3: Swipe two fingers down the screen for continuous reading.

Step #4: When you finish, be sure and tap the home button quickly three times. The female voice will say, “Voiceover off”.

Step #5: Go ahead and live your life in real time–smell the flowers, play with your dog, look at the stars with your kids.

Thank you, whoever made this operation so much simpler than it used to be!

(**Update 6-11-2015 from Paula who left this tip on the blog comments)

There is a shortcut: If you go to settings/General/Accessibility Shortcut (at the very bottom) and check off voiceover – then you can control whether it is off or on with three taps on the home button.

If that doesn’t work for you, try the following steps.

Step #1: Open your Kindle App to whatever book or article you want read aloud.

Step #2: Then hold down the home button to activate SIRI.

Step #3: Tell Siri to turn on VoiceOver.

(When Siri turns on VoiceOver, the phone is controlled by voice commands.)

Step #4: Hold home button to activate Siri again. Tell her to open Kindle App. She will open Kindle to the page you previously opened.

Step #5: Tap the screen. Then double tap the screen to get rid of the Kindle menu.

Step #6: Swipe two fingers down the screen and VoiceOver will begin reading aloud in a female voice. (You might have to try a few times. My phone was very uncooperative until I figured it out.)

Step #7: When you have finished reading, be sure to de-activate VoiceOver by holding down your iPhone’s home button and telling Siri to turn off VoiceOver.

No need to thank any of us down here at the Ranch Pen–especially if we’re the last ones to figure out that nifty trick.

Until next time, God bless all y’all and tell your iPhone to read you some good books.



As always, thanks so much for reading. God bless all y’all and all our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2017 as you enjoy Taylor Davis doing a fabulous job on Auld Lang Syne.

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