Text to speech converts printed text into spoken words using synthesised voices. This is built into most computer operating systems, mobile devices, and eBook readers. In addition, there is a range of software, Apps and extensions that also provide this support.
Audiobooks feature recorded human narration. They are available from different providers on different devices. Some can be obtained free of charge, others need to be purchased.
For students with dyslexia there is a discrepancy between reading level and oral language skills. By listening to audiobooks these individuals can continue to develop their vocabularies. They are able to access content that their reading skills do not permit. Additionally, they are able to participate, enjoy and benefit from a reading experience; they just do it in a different way.