How can I convert a PDF eBook into an MP3 file?

Is there any way that I can get a PDF eBook converted into an MP3 file?

I’m able to find eBooks on my public library’s online website but some titles don’t have audio books, which is really what I’m trying to look for. I’ve tried opening PDF files in a web browser, such as chrome or safari, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer the same ‘Add to iTunes as spoken track’ option that it does for text from traditional web pages.

I know that in some programs you can use the ‘text speech’ or ‘start reading’ function but I don’t see any option for it to be converted directly to an mp3 file — some people have suggested using the speech function and recording it with the computer’s microphone but that would take way too long and I imagine that the sound quality would not be very good.

So how can I convert a PDF eBook?

Here is how:

Step1. Open the PDF eBook you want to convert to MP3 in Adobe Reader. Go to the “View” menu and select the “Read Out” option, then check “Activate Read Out Loud.” Select the text in your document you want to convert. If you want to convert the entire file, simply choose “Select All” from the “Edit” menu. This is the text you will be recording for conversion. You can also select all of the text by left clicking your mouse at the start of the text you want to select and dragging to the end your text selection.


Step2. Open your MP3 recording software; this software will record directly from your sound card, so ensure there are no other sounds coming from your computer when you begin the recording process. You may want to double click the volume control in your taskbar, open your mixer and mute your speakers. The software will most likely default on your sound card. If not, select your sound card type from the available list. Click on the “record” button to begin recording.


Step3. Switch to the Adobe Reader, go to the “Read Out Loud” option and click to begin reading. Adobe Reader will begin reading your selected text, which will be recorded. When the recording is finished, close Adobe Reader and save your finished file as MP3. You now have an MP3 version of your selected PDF file.

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