Speechify Cost and Review: Is it Worth It?

Speechify does not need any introduction to a popular app that helps in reading and productivity. This app is mainly developed to help people suffering from ADHD, dyslexia, and other problems. It also helps you to boost your productivity.

Unlike other text-to-speech solutions, people mainly use either its chrome extension or iPhone/Android app. Here I will share everything about speechify its features, pros, and cons.

MicMonster provides a similar service but it is a cloud-based solution. we are building app for iPhone and Android.

Speechify provides you a free trial for 3 days. On the website, they haven’t mentioned the price anywhere. Its price keeps varying from country to country. However, in the majority of countries, its price is $139/year. In this plan, you get 1,51,000 words from the natural-sounding voices. You get unlimited words from robotic-sounding voices.

MicMonster not only sounds better than Speechify but it is also more affordable than speechify. The best part is you can try it for FREE. I will compare it to speechify but first, let me cover speechify best features.

What is Speechify & its Best Features

Speechify is an app and chrome extension that helps you in reading. It is mainly designed for two purposes

  1. To help you read faster
  2. Help people in reading struggling with ADHD, dyslexia etc

Its founder is also suffered from dyslexia. That’s why he has created this app. Speechify app is available for both Android and iPhone. Initially, it was launched just for iPhone users. But later on, the team launched the android app and chrome extension as well.

They have a cloud-based solution as well but it is not good enough for creating new speech. However, if you want to listen to app-generated audio files then you are good to go.

speechify cloud-based solution

This chrome extension also works with edge and other chromium-based browsers. Speechify is not free however they provide you 3 days free trial.

Speechify voice samples: Since speechify doesn’t let you import audio files that’s I have to record voices (you will notice little background noise)

Pricing of Speechify

You can’t find the price of Speechify without installing a chrome extension or mobile app. They didn’t mention the price on the website.

Once you install they will provide you a 3-day free trial. After 3 days free trial, you can subscribe to their yearly plan. It will cost you $139/year. At the moment, speechify doesn’t have a lifetime deal or monthly subscription.

Some users complained that speechify deduct money when they start their free trial without providing 3-day trial.

This happened to me too. I think the reason behind it is card type. If you are using MasterCard then money will be deducted from your account as soon you start your free trial. However, I’m not sure about it. Here are some other users complaining the same thing.

Speechify users review

Another thing about pricing I have noticed is Speechify’s price varies from country to country. Here is the price of speechify in India device iPhone. (6300 INR in USD is $84).

Speechify price

Here is the price of speechify on android (India). 12,300 INR is equal to $165. In some devices, I have noticed a price $139.

Speechify price

Speechify Best Features

OCR Reader and PDF Import

Input internet articles, PDFs, clipboard-copied text, or even pictures of actual book pages, and Speechify will read them to you in the finest quality digital voices possible.

So basically you can take pictures with your phone it will convert the image into text and then you can read it. I have tried reading books. It works perfectly fine with books however not good for handwriting

Cross-Platform available

Speechify build a chrome extension with the purpose of serving the same users on PC. That chrome extension can help you to read other emails and other web content faster.

Translator

You are also getting a translator inside the speechify. So you can translate your English content into your native English or vice versa.

Save time, retain more, get more done:

When compared to the typical sight-reading pace of 200 words per minute, Speechify users soon learn to listen at 400 words per minute or quicker, thereby doubling their reading speed. The reading screen on Speechify underlines each word as it reads, and academic research shows that hearing and reading at the same time improves comprehension substantially.

Perfect for users with reading disabilities

Speechify was originally developed as a solution for the founder’s dyslexia, but it now helps tens of thousands of people with dyslexia, ADHD, low visual acuity, anxiety, concussions, and other reading difficulties glide through their readings and connect with their curiosity.

Up to 900 Words Speed

With speechify you adjust to the speaking speed up to 900 words per minute. No one understands this speed however the point that I’m trying to make you can adjust according to your speed.

Import text from the web

You can open google inside the app and visit any website you want and then read the content or paste the link. It will retrieve text from a web page and read it for you.

Works in 29 languages

Speechify works in 29 languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Finish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Slovak, and Thai). The voices keep changing from language to language.

MicMonster: Our team is building an app for both iPhone and Android users. It will be available in 129 languages. We will also offer a free plan without a credit card. Similar to speechify you can import photos, pdf documents or type text. Our pro users will get the app for absolutely free.

Cons of Speechify:

  • Expensive & still limited: Speechify is a going subscription but still it is not limited. You are getting 1.5 million words every year. If you are going to read audiobooks then it is a lot less for the whole year. Micmonster which is available at a one-time deal can let you convert 84,00,000 characters into speech in one year.
  • Robotic voices: You are getting natural and normal voices. Although HD voices sound better than Non-HD voices still they sound pretty robotic. When you are listening for hours, you will not like the voice. HD voices are limited to 1.5 million characters every year however non HD voices are unlimited.
  • Limited Voices: You are not getting any HD voice for Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Slovak, and Thai languages. For English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese you are getting more than 4 voices. Other languages have only 1-2 HD voices.
  • Can’t Export Audio: Another thing that I don’t like about speechify is you can’t export the audio file. You can only listen inside the speechify.

MicMonster vs Speechify

Although both platforms convert text to speech still both are serving very different audiences.

Micmonster supports 129 languages and has more than 400+ voices. Speechify has a 1.5 million character limit per year.

Speechify is targeting people need help with reading. MicMonster on other hand is targeting anyone who needs a realistic voice for their videos, audiobooks, podcast, etc.

Micmonster is best if:

  1. You are looking for realistic voices
  2. Want to change the emotion of the voice
  3. Want to convert lengthy documents into voice

Here are the voice samples of MicMonster.

Advanced editor

MicMonster’s advanced editor lets take the text to speech it to the next level. The advanced editor lets you

Multiple Voices In Single Script

Want to Create dialogue audio, no worries inside advance editor you can assign a specific portion of the script to any voice.


Pronunciation Support

AI technology Sometimes mispronounces invented words. With Pronunciation, you can control how to speak specific Words.

We could not find words that Micmosnter miss pronounced.  But we are still looking 

Control Speed, Pitch, volume for specific sentences

Using the advance editor you can control pitch, volume & speed for a specific portion of the script.


Emphasize

Stress on words that are important to the context. You can draw graph to customize how much stress you want to put on words.

With all these features, you can produce Voiceovers like the following:

Price:

Final Words

I hope this review helped you make a decision about whether you should go with speechify or not. No doubt speechify is a great app if you want to improve your reading speed or productivity.

However, if you are looking for text to realistic voice then definitely micmonster is a much better option.

Not only it is affordable but it also sounds realistic like humans. If you want to share your thoughts then you can share through the comment section. 

14 thoughts on “Speechify Cost and Review: Is it Worth It?”

  1. So why does the latest advertisement say that Speechify is free. Yet another internet con.

    Tank you for the reviews, very helpful.

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  2. Speechify WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION before the end of the free trial – even though I’ve emailed them twice (per their terms and conditions). Now I’m stuck with an app I don’t like or want and $200 lost. No response and clearly want to trap you by giving you no easy way to cancel before forcing you into a yearly subscription.

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  3. If you buy a ebook with 500 pages, how does it get read back to you in this system.Do you have to print the book and then scan in 500 pages one by one into the reading library?

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  4. You have a major embarrassing typo in this main sentence. It should be “IS it worth it? instead of Does it worth it.” Did you have a computer spell check or an long lifetime English person? “Speechify Cost and Review: Does it Worth It?” SHOULD BE “Is it worth it?

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  5. What is the difference in the different pricing. There is “dyslexia donation” and different rates “premium” and different rates. What do they mean?

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