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DIY: How to Self-Publish an Audiobook

News from Publishers Weekly: Audiobooks can open up new markets and revenue streams for self-published authors — but, as with all things indie, you have to put in plenty of time, effort, and money. “We’re not just standing there reading a book into a mic,” says Jeffrey Kafer, a professional voiceover artist who has recorded audiobooks for the likes of Clive Barker and Maya Banks. “So much else goes into it.” Indie authors looking to create audiobooks have several options, some more labor intensive and pricier than others. The ACX Option If you’re looking for turnkey, Audiobook Creation Exchange is certainly one of the more popular platforms. Hosted by Amazon’s Audible, ACX is an online marketplace that connects authors, narrators, and producers. The first step is at ACX is for indie authors to confirm they own … Read entire article »

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How to Get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear

News from Back Stage: By Briana Rodriguez | Posted March 19, 2015, 11 a.m. Photo Source: Penguin Random House Audio Are you a voiceover actor who thinks you’re perfectly poised to launch a career in audiobook recording? You might be wrong. “Not many people understand how rigorous it is to narrate an audiobook,” says Audio Publishers Association President Michele Cobb. “Oftentimes with people who come from a voiceover background, they’ll think that’s good preparation for it, and it’s not necessarily the case. Narrating an audiobook requires you to be doing hours and hours of reading of a title, as well as doing an emotional interpretation of the text the entire time. And many of these take days and days to record.” Which is not to say that voiceover actors—or any actors, for that matter—don’t have … Read entire article »

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Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M

News from TechCrunch: Rakuten is beefing up its digital content chops after it announced the acquisition of ebook and audiobook marketplace OverDrive for $ 410 million. The Japanese e-commerce giant got into the e-reader game when it picked up hardware maker Kobo for $ 315 million in 2011. It stands to reason then that U.S.-based OverDrive, which was founded way back in 1986 and offers over 2.5 million titles from more than 5,000 publishers today, will be put to work providing greater choice and reading material for Kobo owners. “OverDrive’s deep content library and relati……………. continues on TechCrunch >>> Read the full article Related News: Video Rating: 4 / 5 … Read entire article »

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Interviews: Audiobook narrators Amanda Ronconi and Percy O’Hara

News from USA TODAY: The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper.(Photo: Pocket Books) 197 CONNECT continues on USA TODAY >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Minnesota Public Radio News: ‘The Art Thief’ by Noah Charney Courtesy of Blackstone Audio Inc. Noah Charney’s debut novel kicks off with three thefts in three European cities. Priceless works of art disappear in London, Paris and Rome, leaving investigators with nary a clue. As the investigation unfolds, the seemingly-unconnected crimes may be part of a greater conspiracy. Art history buffs and anyone who loves a good heist will find themselves wrapped up in the intrigue. Electrum Magazine called it “a vividly narrated story about a series of crimes involving famous masterworks in a money-and-ego driven market, a noir but plausible world of art where things … Read entire article »

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Most Popular Audiobook Service: Audible

News from LifeHacker India: Finding time to listen to audiobooks is easy-almost as easy as it is to find great audiobooks to listen to. Last week we asked for your favorites, then looked at the five best audiobook services and put them to a vote. Now it’s time to highlight your favorite. Unsurprisingly, the juggernaut in the category took the crown. Audible, an Amazon company, took the top spot by a wide margin with over 70% of the votes cast. No surprise there-many of you noted that you didn’t even know there were other robust audiobook services-although several of you said you were happy to check out the alternatives. Second place went to another……………. continues on LifeHacker India >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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This finger-mounted camera turns any book into an audiobook

News from imaging resource: by Gannon Burgett posted Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM EDT Camera technology goes far beyond taking beautiful images. One such example is FingerReader, a finger-mounted device developed by researchers at MIT’s Media Lab that enables the blind to read without the need for Braille. Currently a prototype, the device relies on a small camera, dedicated sensors, character recognition software and complicated algorithms to read allowed words that are printed on a page or displayed on a digital reading device, such as a Kindle. In speaking to >>> Read the full article Related News: News from South China Morning Post (subscription): The Girl in the Red Coatby Kate Hamer(read by Antonia Beamish)Whole Story(audiobook) There are now many novels with the word “girl” in the title, and the late Stieg Larsson is partly to blame. … Read entire article »

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Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

News from NPR: i Alexandru Petrea/iStockphoto.com Alexandru Petrea/iStockphoto.com In recent years while e-books were plowing their way through the publishing industry like a big noisy steam engine, audiobooks were chugging along in the background like the Little Engine That Could. These days, that sometimes overlooked segment of the book business is growing at a rapid pace and the industry is looking for new ways to catch listeners’ ears. Robin Whitten, editor and founder of Audiofile magazine began writing about audiobooks in 1992. Back then, few people had ever heard of them. Now they’re a $ 1 billion industry with more than 35,000 titles published in 2013 alone…………….. continues on NPR >>> Read the full article Related News: News from The Providence Journal: We see outsiders from the inside in this pair of excellent … Read entire article »

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Audiobook of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

News from Boing Boing: Blackstone has adapted my 2005 urban fantasy novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town for audiobook, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, who does a stunning job. It’s available as a DRM-free audiobook at all the usual places, including the DRM-free audiobook store Downpour. However, Itunes and Audible refuse to carry this — or any of my other titles — because I won’t allow them to put DRM on them. Alan is a middle-aged entrepreneur in contemporary Toronto who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings—wings, moreover, that grow back … Read entire article »

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