It looks like a photographed book. Is there an easy way to change that to text, or straight to speech from photo? Or am I wrong about it being a photo?
You will need to invest in OCR software. Then you can process the image text files into searchable text files. Adobe is one option. If you prefer non SaaS options, ABBY Reader is very good. I think they still provide a perpetual license.
"Be kind; do not seek the malicious satisfaction of having discovered an additional enemy to the Church... And, above all, be scrupulously truthful. To all, friends and foes alike, give that serious attention which does not misrepresent any opinion, does not distort any statement, does not mutilate any quotation. We need not fear to serve the cause of Christ less efficiently by putting on His spirit". (Vermeersch, 1913).