Comparison of Kurzweil 3000 vs. Read&Write

* Both offer text-to-speech, speech-to-text, OCR, and access to the cloud.

* Read&Write includes built-in math support, Kurzweil does not.

* Kurzweil works better for reading Textbooks and PDFs, while Read&Write is better at reading websites and EPUBs.

* Both offer Windows and Mac support; however, Read&Write offers better web and mobile applications.

Notable Differences



Kurzweil 3000 Read & Write  Both


  • Better tools for organizing writing
  • Includes templates for writing papers
  • Ability to do mind mapping
  • Write documents in Word and Google Docs
  • Allows you to format documents and add footnotes
  • Word prediction
  • Speech to Text


  • Opens in Kurzweil 3000
  • Everything is in the Universal Library
  • Remembers where you left off
  • Better navigation of documents
  • Opens through Read&Write PDF reader
  • Files are stored locally or on the cloud
  • Read the web
  • Built-in dictionary
  • Standard read aloud
  • Highlighting options
  • Extracting highlights for notes


  • Web version includes limited features
  • No mobile app
  • Need to use their web version on mobile
  • Mobile apps available
  • Browser plug-ins are available (need to install multiple plug-ins however for full functionality)
  • Desktop supported app on Windows and Mac