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Video: Inside the Voice Actors Studio

Video: Inside the Voice Actors Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Young actors find steady employment as readers in the booming world of audiobooks, and some make it a career.
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Great three minute piece on voice actors narrating audiobooks.

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Celebrating the life of our friend, Bob Deyan

Celebrating the life of our friend, Bob Deyan | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
When we remember Bob Deyan, we should remember him as he would have liked to be remembered… not with heavy hearts, discouraged by the ALS that brought this big-hearted man down, but rather with a s...
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I'm very sad to have to post this, and very glad to have known him...

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BBC trials IP Studio at Commonwealth Games with dramatic storytelling consequences

BBC trials IP Studio at Commonwealth Games with dramatic storytelling consequences | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

What would a live studio need if it worked directly on IP networks? That was the task BBC R&D set itself with a project that began in 2012 and which will hit a peak when it plays a central role in the world’s first live end-to-end IP production in Ultra HD to be conducted at the Commonwealth Games.

 

IP has been used by many broadcasters, BBC included, to link a studio to remote locations but the missing piece has been an IP production experience using internet protocols to switch and mix the videos.

The BBC R&D trials conducted during the CWG next month promise to do just that, while also testing the limits of network performance by shunting 4K data around the UK in a collaborative production workflow – live.

 

“The concept is to introduce software and IP into the overall chain so it can be used alongside existing technology like DTT,” said Matthew Postgate, controller, BBC R&D. “IP will enable us to be more flexible with services we already produce, and longer-term, to introduce new kinds of services.”

 

BBC R&D describes IP Studio as an open source software framework for handling video, audio and data content, composed of off-the-shelf IT components and adhering to standards like IP packet synchronisation protocol IEEE1558.


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VoiceOverXtra: Johnny Heller Unofficial Guide to APAC - Audie Awards Gala

VoiceOverXtra: Johnny Heller Unofficial Guide to APAC - Audie Awards Gala | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
You\'ve got tickets to the Audio Publishers Association\'s Convention (APAC) and/or the Audies Gala in New York next week? Great! But arrive prepared. APAC panelist and double-Audie nominee Johnny Heller sets the stage with this unofficial - and sometimes irreverent - guide to what\'s what ...
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Recording and Producing Your First Audiobook

Recording and Producing Your First Audiobook | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Have you ever recorded an audiobook before? Producer Paul Fegan shares his experience working with a narrator on their first audiobook at Bitsixteen, Fegan's professional recording studio in Dublin, Ireland. Learn about what worked and also what Paul would have done differently! 

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Sitting at the Grownups' Table: PW Talks with Ross Ballard II | PW

Sitting at the Grownups' Table: PW Talks with Ross Ballard II | PW | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
As producer, director, sound engineer, and narrator, Ross Ballard II wears many hats for his independent audiobook publishing company.
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"We consider ourselves a boutique audiobook studio that can spot the diamonds in the rough, undiscovered books that the large Oprah Book Club type publishers won't touch. We give voice to works that would never see the light of diction if it weren't for us. I'm constantly amazed at how many really good authors with good books are going begging for attention from publishers that don't appear interested in discovering new writers. They seem happy enough to just continually pound their audiences with the same genre and slap a known name on every book their selling...


We record a different set of "night fighters" -- authors who toil away at their day jobs then burn the midnight oil creating wonderful characters and storylines. They are not artists starving for their breakfast. They are artists starving for attention. We like to point to these ink slingers and say "Ha! We found them first!""

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Amazon Acquires Partial Audiobook Catalog from Bankrupt AudioGo | The Digital Reader

Amazon solidified their position in audiobook publishing today. The Sunday Times (paywall) reports that Amazon has licensed the back catalog from the bankrupt audiobook publisher AudioGo.
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The Bookseller reports that this deal only includes 5,000 titles, and that it won’t take effect until February.

 

AudioGo was one the leading audiobook publisher in the UK. Originally known as BBC Audiobooks, it was spun off in 2010 and sold to a group of private investors and venture capitalists. AudioGo currently has a catalog of over 10,000 titles, including audiobooks from leading authors like Dick Francis, J.K.Rowling, Stephen King, and more.

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Findaway World & Mackin Launch Audiobook Platform

Findaway World & Mackin Launch Audiobook Platform | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Librarians and teachers will have access to over 31,000 digital downloadable audiobooks through Mackin's MackinVIA platform.
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School distributor Mackin Educational Resources has joined with digital content provider Findaway World to provide access to over 31,000 digital downloadable audiobooks from Findaway through Mackin's MackinVIA platform.


Through the platform, librarians and teachers will have the ability to choose from a selection children’s and young adult titles that can be either streamed to a computer or downloaded to a mobile device through the MackinVIA app.

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Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream

Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
With more people carrying smartphones and digital devices, audiobooks are becoming more affordable, more accessible and more popular.
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“I read all the time. It’s all I do. I have on my smartphone, 34, at the moment, 34 recorded books. I got up today and it was pitch-dark in downtown Provo and I went for my morning walk listening to a book. And I’ll drive back to Salt Lake City Airport listening to a book. I shaved this morning listening to a book. I go through three hours of listening to books a day. I go through 70 books a year. Over a decade, that’s 700 books — adds up — and a little bit of it sticks,” the Pulitzer Prize-winner said. “So read. Read, read, read more.”

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This article speaks mostly of the pros of ebooks. Coming from a news site, they seem quite reliable, and they do update often. 

 

This article seems much too focused on the pros, and is definitely biased, though it does make good key points. It fails to show the negative sides of eBook, and though the con below is more my opinion than anything, I still believe it is one thing taken away when books are not read by us, but by another to us.

 

Books are now being read to us instead of being printed; it is convenient for those who need to multitask. However, the power of imagination is slowly deteriorating when someone else reads it to us, and it makes the reading just a little less fun.

Angela Quach's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:31 AM

This article is from yet another reliable news site that updates quite often. The article is better than the first, and it does discuss one of the negative sides for ebooks.

 

Ebooks are prospering, and that is good, since it has become much easier on the consumers' pockets, especially with this time and economy. 

 

However, since ebooks prosper and are more convenient, nobody buys books, and hence the bookstores lose business and are in decline. Borders had claimed bankruptcy, one of many bookshops to fall into the pits.

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Blackstone Audio Lands García Márquez

Blackstone Audio Lands García Márquez | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Oregon-based Blackstone Audio has acquired the unabridged audio rights to four books by international bestseller, Gabriel García Márquez.
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Speaking to the major purchase, John Stanton, CEO of Blackstone, said: "Mr. Márquez’s works are among some of the finest ever written, it is a great honor to be trusted to bring these important works to the audiobook market.”

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Frank Lampard narrates an Alice In Wonderland audiobook for charity

Frank Lampard narrates an Alice In Wonderland audiobook for charity | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The England midfielder gets involved in the magic of Alice In Wonderland, narrating a new audio version of the book
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"Frank Lampard is often called the 'most intelligent' footballer in the Premier League, he's written his own children books and is rumoured to have an IQ of over 150, which would put him in the top 0.1% of the population.

 

So it makes sense that he'd join the likes of Michael Sheen, John Humphrys and Caroline Quentin in supporting a campaign to open up the world of reading to blind and partially sighted people.

Lampard lent his voice to a new Alice In Wonderland audiobook, narrating the following section of the famous story for Royal National Institute of Blind People day."

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Drama grad sees opportunity in audiobooks | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Drama grad sees opportunity in audiobooks | Saskatoon StarPhoenix | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
What do books sound like? For Matt Josdal, they sound like opportunity.
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"The co-owner of Aurora Audiobooks is looking forward hearing a lot of books after launching the company this fall.

"The industry is growing so fast that there's room for everyone," Josdal said.

 

The University of Saskatchewan drama grad got into voice-overs and audiobook recording when he was a struggling actor in Toronto.

He did non-fiction and even Homer's Iliad - which took "longer than I care to admit." It filled in the gaps between roles, and he was surprised how much he liked the work. "It's nice to know that you have that flexibility to go back and forth."


Now, Josdal and his Regina business partner Shannon Harasen have created their own audiobooks company at home to take advantage of a huge market. Their first title is the novel Dead Rock Stars by Saskatoon author Wes Funk. "I am over the moon to have my first book turned into an audiobook," said Funk. "To hear my story read back to me is incredibly powerful."


Titles will be sold as digital files on the company's website, auroraaudiobooks.ca. In time, Josdal foresees CD releases and sales through some of the big e-tailers like iTunes."

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New Solar Powered Audio Player Offers Book Collection to Blinded Veterans

New Solar Powered Audio Player Offers Book Collection to Blinded Veterans | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

Christian Record Services for the Blind this week launched a new project to support veterans blinded in the line of military duty.

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InSight4Vets is a pocketsize solar-powered audio player pre-loaded with books that CRSB officials hope will help guide blinded veterans through a difficult adjustment period.

 

“The audio player is filled with stories about overcoming during the worst possible circumstances, stories of survival, stories of hope and stories of transformation,” said Larry Pitcher, CRSB president.

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Steve Robinson - Ancestry Author: Nervous about narrator choice by Brilliant

Steve Robinson - Ancestry Author: Nervous about narrator choice by Brilliant | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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"Something else has got me excited this week.  I received an email from the author relations manager at Amazon to say that production was soon to begin with Brilliance Audio on the audiobooks for my series.  Now, as well as being excited about this, I'm also a little scared.


 No, maybe scared is too strong.  I'm nervous, that's it.  The main reason for this is that my books are written with a British English narrative, they're predominantly set in England, and the majority of the characters are English.  But Jefferson Tayte is the lead character and of course he's an American.  My worry is that JT's voice won't sound right, because I feel that the narrator needs to be a Brit (for all the reasons above), rather than an American.  I'm sure I'm worrying about nothing though as that's what voice actors do - accents.  I did suggest Hugh Laurie (with tongue in cheek) as he's a Brit who has managed to speak as a convincing American, but I think he's probably outside the budget."

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It’s Like Giving a TED Talk – Improving Your Non-Fiction Audiobook Narration Technique - Coach for Actors and Audio Book Narrators

It’s Like Giving a TED Talk – Improving Your Non-Fiction Audiobook Narration Technique - Coach for Actors and Audio Book Narrators | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
A funny thing can happen when you tell a narrator that they’re going to be recording a “Non-Fiction, Audiobook”, because what many of them hear is “Non-Acting, Audiobook.”
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A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry | Underwire | WIRED

A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry | Underwire | WIRED | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The rise of digital audiobooks has created more work than ever for book narrators. But the availability of subscription serves has left less cash for production costs—just ask Caddyshack alum Peter Berkrot.
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Thanks to Amy Rubinate for the heads-up on this...

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Why is Audiobook Narration So Popular? | Edge Studio

Why is Audiobook Narration So Popular? | Edge Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
In some countries, much more than maybe in the US, it’s considered gauche at a social occasion to ask a stranger, “What do you do?” But at a meet-and-greet of voice over professionals, it’s understandably standard procedure.
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Home Course Study with Patrick Fraley :: Better Read, Better Paid

Home Course Study with Patrick Fraley :: Better Read, Better Paid | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Better Read, Better Paid is a five-week course study that burrows into sophisticated insider techniques and methods to advance audiobook storytelling and dialogue skills.

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Recorded Books Gives Away $20,000 in Audiobooks | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Recorded Books Gives Away $20,000 in Audiobooks | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Recorded Books gives 20 libraries audiobook collections valued at $1,000 each as part of virtual trade show. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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“Our library is thrilled to win an audiobook collection from Recorded Books,” said Sally-Adrina Taylor, Rapid City Public Libraries, Public Services – Library Associate . “Audiobooks are a popular resource at our library, and we look forward to adding these titles to our collection for our patrons to enjoy.”

 

Recorded Books sponsored The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries and as part of the event, attendees were asked to complete a survey on library trends, which registered them for a chance to win a $1,000 audiobook collection.

 

“We are thrilled with the number of libraries we were able to support with this giveaway,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books CEO and President.

“Audiobooks continue to be a very important media for libraries and we gain great satisfaction in this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for the support we have received throughout the years,” Freese added.



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My Summer Job as an Audiobook Narrator

My Summer Job as an Audiobook Narrator | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
I recorded an audiobook for the first time this summer. I’ve waited until now to write about it because the release of the book was timed to coincide with this week’s 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
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November 2013 Audio Books: In the Studio

November 2013 Audio Books: In the Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
This month, a former Secretary of Defense, a Tony Award nominee, Audie Award winners, actors, and authors will be heading to the studio to record audiobooks for the likes of Penguin, Hachette, and Naxos—just to name a few.
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Masmoo3 Introduces Audiobooks to the Arab World

Masmoo3 Introduces Audiobooks to the Arab World | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
A Jordanian startup taps into Islam’s rich oral tradition
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In a small recording studio in Amman, Jordan, a slight young woman sits in front of a computer, adjusting pitch and sound levels. “Excellent! Go,” she says, waving to the man standing on the other side of the soundproof glass. Seconds later, a rich baritone floods the control room. The words are centuries old, from a collection of classic Arabic poetry to be released as an audiobook later this year by a startup called Masmoo3.

 

Its founders are brother and sister Ala and Alaa Suleiman. The idea came to them in 2008 when Ala, 35, a computer engineer and a devotee of English audiobooks, couldn’t find an Arabic-language version of Steve Chandler’s 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Audiobooks are rare in the Arab world, despite a strong oral culture and persistent illiteracy (a quarter of adults in the region cannot read). Muslims listen to Koranic recitation and religious sermons on audio cassettes, CDs, and their mobile phones, so the Suleimans were certain there’d be demand. Ala estimates the market for Muslim audio materials is as large as $300 million. “If we can get 10 percent of people who listen in the Arab world, this is the ultimate customer base we want in the next five years,” he says.

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Fifty-seven redundancies made at AudioGO | The Bookseller

Fifty-seven redundancies made at AudioGO | The Bookseller | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

A total of 57 employees were made redundant at audiobook publisher and retailer AudioGO, following the formal appointment of BDO as administrators yesterday (31st October).

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Other employees (AudioGO originally employed close to 100) remain in place to assist the administrators with the next steps in the process.

The Bath-based company suspended business operations on 22nd October. A statement from BDO said: "Discussions were advanced with a number of potential financial buyers, trade buyers and investors for the UK business, but it was not ultimately possible to finalise a sale of the UK business as a going concern or to secure the investment needed."

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Bath jobs at risk as AudioGO suspends trading | Bath Chronicle

Bath jobs at risk as AudioGO suspends trading | Bath Chronicle | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

Up to 100 Bath jobs are at risk after city-based audiobook publisher AudioGO suspends trading.

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The announcement comes just one week after AudioGO's head of marketing and sales, Rachel Josephson, denied there was any truth in rumours that the company was in financial difficulty and was about to fold.

In a statement released today Ms Josephson said: "I can confirm that AudioGO has temporarily suspended business operations whilst we seek an investment or a sale of the business.”

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Job Losses as Bath-based Audio Go enters Administration | BBC

Job Losses as Bath-based Audio Go enters Administration | BBC | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

More details on AudioGo's Demise...

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Ouch!

 

"An audiobook publisher that employs more than 100 people in Bath has gone into administration. A spokesperson for Audio Go, formerly BBC Audiobooks, said the majority of staff would be made redundant.


It follows the discovery of financial irregularities in the company and the suspension of managing director Mike Bowen and departure of financial director Bradley Whittock.

 

Financial firm BDO will be appointed as administrators.

 

BBC Worldwide retains a 15% stake in the company after selling an 85% shareholding in BBC Audiobooks to AudioGo Limited in 2010."

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Video - Audio books now a $1.2 billion industry | CBS

Video - Audio books now a $1.2 billion industry | CBS | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Although the digital revolution is responsible for decreased sales of printed books, it's actually drastically increasing sales of audio books.
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Four minute CBS interview with Alexandra Alter from the WSJ regarding the audiobook explosion.

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