Your iPad can read most text to you. This is a feature called “Speak Selection.” You can enable this feature by going into Settings>Accessibility>Spoken Content>Speak Selection.
In order to utilize this feature, you highlight a selection of text and then tap once on the highlighted portion. A menu will appear above the highlighted portion, and you will select “Speak.”
There are other options on the settings page that allow you to customize the Speak Selection experience. I recommend also downloading the English voice named “Alex.” This voice has the largest data file and has the most robust vocabulary.
This feature can be greatly utilized to engage in content through a different medium. There are other ways to enact the Speak Selection function as well. Please check out this resource showing the features overview.