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January 17th, 2022

The Intersection of AI & Audiobooks

Last October I wrote an article for Publishers Weekly, “AI Comes to Audiobooks.” With the growth of audiobooks continuing at scale, it’s not surprising that some enterprising vendors would start to explore where AI might enable the audiobook production process. It comes down to using synthetic voices to supply the narration. Synthetic voices have come…

August 10th, 2009

Do I Love Books or Do I Love Reading?

“Do I love books or do I love reading?” is the question posed by Ann Kirshner in her thoughtful and well-written¬†article on The Chronicle of Higher Education web site. Kirshner writes: “When my book group picked Little Dorrit, I found myself asking that question….I decided to read Little Dorrit four ways: paperback, audiobook, Kindle, and…

August 30th, 2008

First Audiobooks; Now Podiobooks

Audiobooks have become a respected and profitable appendage to the book publishing industry. According to the Audio Publishers Association: The Voice of the Audiobook Industry, audiobook sales were estimated at $923 million in 2006 (this year’s survey has not yet been released). The Book Industry Study Group estimates that total U.S. books sales in 2006…