The KNFB Reader App Translates Any Text to Speech with Your Mobile Device

KNFB Reader logo made of multicolored wedges arranged in an open circle that resembles the iris of an eye.KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast – the print will be yours almost instantaneously. 

Worried about getting the right photo? The app will help you. It has text detection so you know you have the printed side of the page. The app also helps you get the whole page photographed with tilt and viewfinder assist. Just a tap of the finger and the print is yours. 

KNFB Reader for Android $19.99 for a Limited Time 

Thanks to continued support from Google, KNFB Reader is being offered for the reduced price of $19.99 for the Android app for a limited time. Only a limited number of licenses are available at this low price, so be sure to take advantage of this sale and get the revolutionary app that offers independence today! KNFB Reader can be purchased for Android at the Google Play Store.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are delighted that continued support from Google will allow us to further develop the KNFB Reader app and to get this life-changing technology into the hands of more people who can benefit from it. We deeply appreciate Google's continued support because it means that more people who are blind or who have print disabilities will have a quick and convenient means of accessing the printed word.”

KNFB Reader Wins Third AppleVis Golden Apple Award

The KNFB Reader team is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the AppleVis 2016 Golden Apple Award for Best Assistive iOS App. This is the third year in a row that KNFB Reader has been awarded this honor. In 2015 the KNFB Reader was inducted into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame, and we are excited to have been recognized again. AppleVis Golden Apple Awards are awarded by community votes to developers in recognition of excellence in iOS apps. You can learn more and see a full list of winners on the AppleVis website.

What Are People Saying About KNFB Reader?

Wondering how KNFB Reader can help you achieve your independence? Here are some comments from KNFB Reader users about how the app helps them live the lives they want, independently:

“I can read the directions of my brownie mix.”

“I love the fact that I can read my children’s school reports.”

“Because of the app I can now troubleshoot things on my computer when the screen reader is frozen. I can read the screen of a television in case of a cable programming error.”

“Today I used KNFB Reader to read the PIN on a new credit card.”

“I use it to read restaurant menus. I tell people, it’s like having eyes in your pocket.”

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KNFB Reader Earns Second AFB Access Award for the NFB

We are pleased to announce that the National Federation of the Blind will be honored with a second American Foundation for the Blind Access Award at the 2016 AFB Leadership Conference for our work on KNFB Reader. The NFB previously won and AFB Access Award in 1998 for NFB-NEWSLINE. The AFB's Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. For more details, read the AFB press release.   

What Can This App Do?

90 second audio file:  "Make the Print Yours with KNFB Reader"

KNFB Reader Information Sheet (to download this accessible PDF, click the link and save the file to your hard drive or device)

KNFB Reader can read receipts. You will know what has been put on your card at restaurants, stores, or in taxis. 

KNFB Reader can read package labels. Wonder what came in the mail? Need nutritional information from your breakfast cereal? KNFB Reader captures it all.

Is your screen reader not cooperating? KNFB Reader can capture print from your computer or tablet screen. Photograph the screen and know exactly what those error messages say.

Hand holding mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen.

What about user manuals? KNFB Reader can scan multiple pages at a time in the batch mode. Just turn the pages as you shoot the photos. And if you want that manual later, the text can be exported to Dropbox or Google Drive for retrieval at another time. Once you’ve scanned it, the print is yours.

KNFB Reader allows you access to your most private documents with complete independence. Review your taxes. Check the terms of your lease or mortgage documents. Read your lab reports from the doctor. Read your bills – even those with tables. KNFB Reader makes that print yours too.  

The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and Voiceover app functionalities that guide the blind user in taking the perfect picture. It is also compatible with connected Braille displays.

Where to Purchase the KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader can be purchased for iOS at the App Store.

KNFB Reader can be purchased for Android at the Google Play Store.

Giving KNFB Reader as a Gift

Giving KNFB Reader as a gift is easy!

To gift KNFB Reader for iOS to someone directly:

  • Open the App Store and search for KNFB Reader
  • Select the app
  • Select the Share button in the top right corner of the screen
  • Choose Gift (you will need to swipe past several options to reach this)
  • Enter the recipient’s email (you will need to use the email they have linked to their Apple ID)
  • You can include a message and set a specific date to send your gift

To redeem iTunes gift cards:

  • Open the App Store
  • Make sure you’re on the Featured tab
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose Redeem
  • Enter the redemption code from the card or use your phone’s camera to photograph the bar code on the gift card

To redeem a Google Play gift card:

  • Choose the Navigation button in the upper left corner
  • Scroll down and choose Redeem
  • Enter the redemption code located on the Google Play gift card

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Questions About Using KNFB Reader?

For instructional videos about using KNFB Reader, please visit our online school at

You can also visit or contact us at [email protected] or (347) 422-7085.

The KNFB Reader is developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Sensotec NV. Make the print yours and live the life you want.