A pen that reads for you – even in exams.

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The C-Pen Reader is a handheld assistive technology that helps users with dyslexia or other literacy difficulties, essentially when reading printed text. It’s a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice.

We now have a limited number of C Pens (Readers and Exam Readers) for sale at $385ea + $15 registered post.


“As a reading tool, we have found it to be a significant improvement from previous models of pen reader in its ease of use and functionality.” Andrea, Head of Learning Support, London School, UK


C Pen Reader $385 + p/h

C Pen Exam Reader $385 + p/h (no dictionary) *Recognised by NESA




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*The Exam Reader™ allows students with reading difficulties to scan the exam questions themselves so that they can hear the text being read aloud. The sound is heard via headphones, allowing them to be situated in the main exam hall.


The in-built dictionary puts the power of Collins English Dictionary (30th Anniversary Edition Tenth edition) in your hands. Simply pass the nib across a word and it instantly displays the definition and reads it aloud. It is also a scanner for capturing lines of text and uploading to a PC or Mac, making it ideal for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information.


C-Pen Reader Pen by The Codpast


“In my opinion it is ergonomic, helpful for my six, seven and nine year old to scan words quickly so the reading process is not slowed down by them having to stumble upon words and ask for help. This is what I wanted, so I am happy with the pen.” Caroline, a parent from Wiltshire, UK


C-Pen Reader in the hand of a user scanning in text from a page.The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and at 50g is half the weight. Importantly this means it can be used by a younger generation of English learners making this learning tool suitable for children (age 6+) and adults. This is the only portable line scanner on the market that is both Mac and PC compatible. There is no software required, just connect the pen up to a computer with a USB cable and it appears as an external hard drive. Other features include a built-in voice recorder with playback.

As well as promoting Independent Reading this pen features:

  • hear words and lines of text read aloud
  • a Collins 10th Edition Dictionary
  • scan, store and transfer to a PC or Mac (1GB of storage and downloads to a computer like using a USB key – no software required)
  • scan direct to the cursor on a computer
  • a voice recorder
  • free future upgrades


OCR Engine

A child using C-Pen Reader to read text out loud from a book on her bed. Click to see larger image.C-Pen Reader contains a high accuracy OCR that enables you to capture and save quotes and other text of interest instantly. The text is saved in text files which is then easily transferred to your computer. Extremely handy if you are a student or a researcher or if you just want to save some text of interest. Simply use the pen to scan a word, a paragraph, or why not full pages. It’s easier than you think!

Scan Font Size Range 6.5 – 22 pt
Note: Text vs background contrast is important e.g. the words with the following backgrounds and colours cannot be scanned:

  • Black words in a blue background
  • Blue words in a black background


Text to speech

Use C-Pen Reader to read printed text for you! C-Pen Reader features a high quality naturally speaking British English voice. Use it to listen to pronunciations or to help you read in general. Why not really benefit from the OCR and capture larger amount of text which C-Pen Reader reads for you while you follow the text in the text book visually? More senses = better learning. It’s easier than you think!



Collins English dictionary 30th edition
Not sure about a word? C-Pen Reader contains high quality electronic dictionaries. Capture the word(s) and they are located in the dictionary for you. It’s an instant experience. C-Pen Reader also remember words that you have looked up and keep the history available for you.


Voice memos

Aside from everything else C-Pen Reader also features a microphone (and of course speaker and headphones connector) allowing you to record audio. Like voice memos. The audio files are saved in the device, can be retrieved and listened to any time. You can also upload the audio files to your computer. It’s convenient!


USB drive

Close up of C-Pen Reader showing main menu on the display panel. Click to see larger image.C-Pen Reader also double as a USB drive. 3GB user space is available. Most likely enough to store a backup of your documents or other important files. Connect it to a USB port on your MAC, Windows or Linux computer.



C-Pen Reader uses a standard micro USB connector for charging and connecting to computers, and a standard 3.5 mm connector for your favourite headphones



The C-Pen Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.C-Pen Reader top view showing display panel and buttons


More Information

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For more information, testimonials, case studies and specs on the C Pens see the official websites

C Pen Reader

C Pen Exam Reader