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Audible Grows Hollywood Focus As Stars Ink Podcast Deals –

Audible Grows Hollywood Focus As Stars Ink Podcast Deals – | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The subscription platform, now powered by Amazon, is bolstering stars’ production shingles and boasts a greater degree of creative freedom: “Audio is much cheaper, [so] we can take much more risk and say, ‘Let’s try that and let’s see.’”
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The power of audiobooks: a novelist and a narrator tell how to work it

The power of audiobooks: a novelist and a narrator tell how to work it | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Thinking of getting paid to record audiobooks? Hear about it from a pro: Liz Wiley.
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Duvall Hecht, whose daily grind to L.A. led to Books on Tape, dies at 91

Duvall Hecht, whose daily grind to L.A. led to Books on Tape, dies at 91 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Books on Tape founder Duvall Hecht dies; won gold medal in Olympics
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Kate Runde promoted to VP of Acquisitions; Troy Otte promoted to VP of Production Operations

Kate Runde promoted to VP of Acquisitions; Troy Otte promoted to VP of Production Operations | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
February 14, 2022, Los Angeles - Podium is thrilled to announce that Kate Runde has been promoted to VP of Acquisitions and Troy Otte has been promoted to VP of Production Operations. They have both contributed enormously to Podium Audio’s business in the years since they joined the company so this
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Synthetic Voices Want to Take Over Audiobooks | WIRED

Synthetic Voices Want to Take Over Audiobooks | WIRED | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
As computer-generated voices become more sophisticated, the number of audiobooks—including from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google—is set to explode.
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Storytel enters the U.S. with acquisition of Audiobooks.com

Storytel enters the U.S. with acquisition of Audiobooks.com | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Swedish audiobook streaming group Storytel said on Friday it had agreed to buy Audiobooks.com from investment firm KKR, marking its entry into the U.S. market.
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Is AI Really That Scary? The Bad, the Good, and the Meh —

Is AI Really That Scary? The Bad, the Good, and the Meh — | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
For Halloween, a recurrent nightmare for some people in our business: The monster Robovoice takes hold of the audiobook industry and robs all narrators and production personnel of their jobs.
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We Need to Talk About Audible

We Need to Talk About Audible | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Cory Doctorow on his crowdfunded effort to tip the scales against Audible's DRM-enforced market dominance.
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AI Comes to Audiobooks

AI Comes to Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Startups are making automated text-to-speech conversion a reality.
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Controversial, biased, and with some major errors, but a meaningful overview of the currently available tech and vendors.
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Inaudible

Inaudible | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
An audiobook narrator spent two months creating a new audio edition of Dune, only to discover that the entire project was a scam
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Prolific Romance Author Accused of Plagiarizing 'Supernatural' Fanfic

Prolific Romance Author Accused of Plagiarizing 'Supernatural' Fanfic | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Specializing male/male erotica, ebook author Romilly King is being accused of copying some of her work from 'Supernatural' fanfics.
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At the moment, the audio books are still available and one narrator is out at least $7000 for their investment in outsourcing services (QC, editing, etc.)…
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Who Listens to Audiobooks?

Who Listens to Audiobooks? | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Which demographics listen to audiobooks the most? The ALA helped to fund a survey of more than 4,000 people, and here's what they found.
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5 Rising Stars in Audiobook Narration

5 Rising Stars in Audiobook Narration | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Here is a list of brilliant new audiobook narrators to look out for who have already narrated some well-loved books.
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New faces in YA
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What Makes a Great, or Terrible, Audiobook Performance?

What Makes a Great, or Terrible, Audiobook Performance? | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
A critical essay about audiobook acting, saying that actors need to emote less and read more flatly than Diane Keaton does on her Joan Didion recordings.
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Wonderful, and completely validates Paul Reuben’s eternal admonitions…
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Fantasy Author Raises $15.4 Million in 24 Hours to Self-Publish - The New York Times

Fantasy Author Raises $15.4 Million in 24 Hours to Self-Publish - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Brandon Sanderson set out to raise $1 million on Kickstarter in 30 days to fund four new books. He blew past it in about 35 minutes.
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It’s only a matter of time before this approach maps across to audiobooks…
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Debating Audiobook Narrators; AI, Human or Both?

Debating Audiobook Narrators; AI, Human or Both? | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The idea of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) as audiobook narrators, instead of humans, has become a focused topic of discussion in audiobook circles lately. In October, a PW article by columnist Thad McIlroy, examined the debate, sparking some reaction from both sides; professional narrators and publishers. In that piece, Mcllroy, profiled several players in this niche area of the still-developing digital audiobook segment. As the audiobook industry begins to look at the pros and cons of newer technologies, such as AI narration, a growing number of people are joining the conversation. There are basically two schools of thought around this issue.
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The comments are as good or better than the article…
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AI Influence on Audiobooks Grows—As Does Controversy

AI Influence on Audiobooks Grows—As Does Controversy | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The dawn of AI-enabled audiobook narration has led to fierce industry debate.
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Reasonably well researched and written…
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Listening to Books | Online Only

My first audiobook was Flo Gibson’s recording of The Mill on the Floss, which, by the way, is one of the very great audiobooks: the sound is scratchy, but Gibson’s voice is confident and almost conspiratorial, warm and intimate and pleased to be recounting a story she knows you will be glad to have heard. I listened to it running by the Charles River with earbuds in my ears.
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to Acquire Leading Audiobook Platform Findaway —

to Acquire Leading Audiobook Platform Findaway — | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
In 2019, Spotify announced its ambition to become the world’s leading audio platform with an expansion into podcasting through the acquisitions of Anchor and Gimlet. Since then, Spotify has not only become a leading platform for podcast creators and listeners, but also expanded on the very format of podcasting itself: taking a fixed format and... Read more »
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Podium Launches Groundbreaking Partnership with Top Audiobook Performers

Podium Launches Groundbreaking Partnership with Top Audiobook Performers | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The audio-first publisher enters into multi-year deals with Travis Baldree, R.C. Bray, Luke Daniels, Tess Irondale, Heath Miller, Jeffrey Kafer, Adenrele Ojo, Andrea Parsneau, Nick Podehl, and Tim Gerard Reynolds
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Audiobooks discussion: Best narrators, listening speeds and more - The

Does listening to an audiobook while working hinder or enhance productivity? Let’s discuss.
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Opinion | When Listening to a Book Is Better Than Reading It - The New York Times

Opinion | When Listening to a Book Is Better Than Reading It - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Audiobooks aren’t a cheap shortcut to reading. Sometimes they elevate a book beyond its text alone.
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The tale of the fake DUNE audiobook scam

The tale of the fake DUNE audiobook scam | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Writer/journalist Andrew Liptak has spent years covering the nerd culture beat, and in a recent edition of his Transfer Orbit nerd culture newsletter, he uncovers a fascinating if frustrating scam …
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All too common on ACX lately...  :-(
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12 LGBTQIA YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the 2nd Half of 2021

12 LGBTQIA YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the 2nd Half of 2021 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
2021 is blessing our ears! We're looking forward to these twelve YA LGBTQIA+ audiobooks releasing in the second half of this year.
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Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear

Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
After years writing nonfiction, he is now the author of a made-up tale about ghost-hunting that will only be sold as an audiobook.
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