Back in 2008, Steve Jobs said:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Maybe he was right. In answer, why not give people a choice? Let them listen to your blog! Here’s an example, just click the button below.

[responsivevoice voice=”US English Male” buttontext=”Why Read, Listen Instead”]

Fred, The WordPress Guy, requested I recite, for your pleasure, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. So, here it goes.

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now, we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863[/responsivevoice]

I think this is pretty slick and it’s all thanks to a plugin from ResponsiveVoice. Via shortcodes, you can change the voice and spoken language. I am using a UK English Male here but you can switch, say, to a US English Female (and many others). You can also change the button text to read whatever you wish. And, as I have done here, you can select which portions of the page to be voiced aloud. Bonus! This works on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

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