Here’s a cool trick that you can use on your iPhone to turn any book into an audio book, with a simple swipe using the handy Speak Screen feature.

To enable Speak Screen, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen and make sure it’s turned on.

Then, scroll down a bit further to Voices,¬†and choose which voice you’d like to use, whether it’s an English speaker, or another language.¬†Unfortunately, there is no Ryan Reynolds. However, there is Daniel, and he has a lovely British accent (though still sounds a bit computer generated).

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Now that you have Speak Screen enabled, you can go into any app, like iBooks, or News, and then swipe down with two fingers (best if there’s a bit of space between them). The content on the page, whatever it may be, will now be read to you.

It’s not just a cheaper way to get an audio book (though admittedly, it might be worth the coin to hear Tina Fey read Bossypants rather than the robotic Samantha), but it’s a great way to have emails, memos, articles, pretty much anything read to you while you’re on the road, or any time you need to do a little multi-tasking.

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