GhostReader is an easy to use, fully customizable Text to Speech app that allows you to listen to written text on your Mac. Read selected texts from other applications, import texts in almost every format and listen to them on the go. Whether you’re a creative professional, teacher or simply prefer to listen to written texts, GhostReader’s intuitive design and extensive range of customization features help you to effortlessly save time, improve your work or enhance your learning experience.

GhostReader is currently localized in English and French, but can be used to read text with Text to Speech voices in many languages.

-- A fully functional 15-day trial can be downloaded on our website. --

Read selected text aloud from any app
- Use the Services menu or Action extension to select and read text from any application
- Control GhostReader with system-wide shortcuts, even when GhostReader is running in the background
- Paus, rewind, fast forward and jump to next or previous paragraph

Let your Mac do the reading
- Import PDF, Word (doc/docx), plain text and RTF documents*
- Read texts with word highlighting and playback control
- Edit or save the selected text

Compose your own or personalize texts
- Use the intuitive formatting features to style your text
- Edit text quickly by using search and replace
- Zoom your text for easy reading and writing

Fine-tune your reading experience
- Adjust the pronunciation of words
- Choose a voice and adjust speech rate
- Read with word or sentence highlighting

Listen to your text anywhere you go
- Export your text to an iTunes audio file
- Create personal and educational podcasts
- Listen to the audio file on your phone, tablet or mp3 player

Protect your GhostReader documents
- Password protect the preferences
- Restrict access to text formatting
- Use read-only mode to prevent accidental editing

*Also reads odt, txt, utxt, and html documents

Upgrade to GhostReader Plus (in-app purchase) to get the following additional features:

-- Get more control with tags and bring your text to life --

Create beautiful audiobooks, lively podcasts or proof-read your screenplay with all characters having their own voice. Tags give you ultimate creative freedom making use of multiple voices, languages and other speech modifiers. All of this with just a few clicks.

-- Use multiple languages simultaneously --

Automatic Language Detection makes working with multilingual text a breeze. Also, with Tags you get full control over which language and voice to use at any moment. Prepare language exercises for pronunciation, grammar, syntax... practical and engaging for students and teachers.

What’s New

Version 2.4.1

Download the latest version to benefit from several bug fixes and performance improvements. Thanks for using our app!

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Liammalley11 ,


Was really hoping my 15$ would go to use with this app considering I have to do so many readings for my classes this year. Sadly this app does not yet do the functions they advertise... It is unable to read or even recognize any of the pdf or microsoft files that I need to read. you guys need to take this app off or fix it. Just ridiculous

Developer Response ,

Hi Liammalley1, please know that while GhostReader can read PDFs consisting of text, it cannot read PDFs encrypted with digital rights management (DRM), such as Kindle ebooks and Adobe ebooks. In addition, GhostReader cannot read PDFs that contain images of scanned text. We will keep your request in our system for our development team's future consideration. Do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or suggestions.

Nneetta ,


is this a scam because i can not use this app its nit giving me any options to find a PDF Document to use.

Developer Response ,

Hi Nneetta, please note that GhostReader cannot open PDF ebooks with DRM (digital rights management). Also, GhostReader has limited support for rendering PDFs with graphics, tables, and charts. We appreciate your feedback and we will keep your request in our system for our development team's future consideration. Please send us suggestions for features and let us know if you have additional questions to

App Privacy

The developer, ConvenienceWare, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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