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New podcast creation has fallen off a cliff

New podcast creation has fallen off a cliff | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Podcast creation peaked during the height of the pandemic, and companies like Spotify and Amazon have been chasing that growth. But the number of new shows that debuted in 2022 was down 80 percent since 2020.
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Apple’s A.I. audiobooks have human narrators scared of losing jobs. They should be.

Apple’s A.I. audiobooks have human narrators scared of losing jobs. They should be. | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
There are some books the robots still can’t perform convincingly. But there are many they can.
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Check Out Petrea Burchard’s Story - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide

Check Out Petrea Burchard’s Story - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Today we’d like to introduce you to Petrea Burchard. Hi Petrea, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I saw Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo & Juliet over and over again when it came out. I wanted to speak those words, wear […]
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Awesome narrator and human being...
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Nope, I do not like these AI audiobook narrators one bit. ‹

Nope, I do not like these AI audiobook narrators one bit. ‹ | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Because AI is apparently just like us, it seems to have romanticized the creative fields. So instead of, say, figuring out how to help me dispute denied insurance claims, it’s more interested…
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Joel Froomkin builds a winning career in audiobooks - The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community |

Joel Froomkin builds a winning career in audiobooks - The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community | | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
In the past five years, Bermudian actor Joel Froomkin has narrated more than 450 audiobooks and won numerous awards, including 11 Earphones from Audiofile magazine.
The 49-year-old credits part o
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State of the Sanderson 2022

State of the Sanderson 2022 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Introduction Wow. What a year. I can remember writing this essay last year, and being all giddy about the fact that I was hiding four secret novels from yo
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In which Brandon Sanderson (the most successful Kickstarter project in history) discusses exactly why he has gone to a lot of trouble to avoid making his audiobooks available on Audible…
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How a Great Audiobook Narrator Finds Her Voices

How a Great Audiobook Narrator Finds Her Voices | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Daniel A. Gross writes about Robin Miles, one of the country’s most celebrated narrators of audiobooks, and the story of her career.
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Really well written article that touches on a lot of very important current points, as well as detailing Robin’s work.
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2022 reading challenges should count audiobooks

2022 reading challenges should count audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
2022 Christmas shopping and reading challenges should include audiobooks. They do count as reading, on Goodreads and elsewhere.
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Finding New Voices In Storytelling With Voice Actor Ratana

Finding New Voices In Storytelling With Voice Actor Ratana | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Ratana is a voice actor and performance coach.
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Audiobooks: Every Minute Counts

People who use audiobooks are expanding what reading is and can be. But they are also incentivizing publishers to change, in unexpected ways.
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Deepfake Audio Has A Tell – Researchers Use Fluid Dynamics To Spot Artificial Imposter Voices

Deepfake Audio Has A Tell – Researchers Use Fluid Dynamics To Spot Artificial Imposter Voices | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Deepfake audio can be very convincing, but it is possible to discern it.
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Actors worry that AI is taking centre stage

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Actors worry that AI is taking centre stage

Synthetic voices may not be as good but they can still threaten human talent’s work and rights 

SARAH O'CONNOR 

 We used to think that artificial intelligence would come for the bean-counters first. It seemed reasonable to assume that AI would transform or even eliminate jobs in sectors such as accountancy and insurance, while work associated with human traits such as creativity would be relatively untouched. But this theory looks flakier by the day. One group of workers who are really beginning to worry about AI are actors and other performance artists. 

A survey this year by Equity, the UK union for actors and other performing arts workers, https://www.ft.com/content/7c26a93f-88ec-4a50-8529-7df81af86208 ; found that 65 per cent of members thought AI posed a threat to employment opportunities in the sector, rising to 93 per cent of audio artists. This wasn’t just an amorphous fear about the future: more than a third of members had seen job listings for work involving AI and almost a fifth had undertaken some of this work. A range of AI start-ups are developing tools for use in film and audio, from making actors look and sound younger to creating AI voices that can be used for marketing campaigns, consumer assistants or even audiobook narration. Audio is such a popular medium now that companies need lots of it, but human actors are expensive and nowhere near as flexible as an AI voice, which can be made to say anything at the push of a button. These companies typically hire actors to provide hours’ worth of audio which can then be turned into a voice-for-hire. VocaliD, for example, offers a range of voices such as “Malik” (“warm, soothing, urban”) “Terri” (“educated, optimistic, sophisticated’‘) and “AI Very British Voice” (“trustworthy, warm, calm”.) Sonantic, another AI company which was just acquired by Spotify, creates voices that can laugh, shout or cry. Its voices are often used by video game companies in the production process so they can play around with different scripts. They’re not as good as humans, but they don’t need to be. Industry experts say no one is going to use AI to narrate the audiobook of a bestselling novel, but there is still a market to be tapped in the vast number of lower-profile books that are published or self-published every year. Audiobook.ai, for example, says it can create an audiobook in 10 minutes with 146 voices to choose from in 43 languages. Voice actors aren’t just worried about losing work to these synthetic vocalists. They’re also worried about their rights when they help to create AI personas. Both Equity and SAG- AFTRA, its US equivalent, say they are seeing contracts for AI work that give tech companies the right to use an actor’s likeness or voice irrevocably and in perpetuity. Non-disclosure agreements are also common. Young actors, in particular, might be tempted by the upfront fee only to regret the long-term implications. What kind of implications? Once your voice or face is in the wild and you have no control over it, you might find it associated with something violent when you had your heart set on a career in children’s films. Or you might find your likeness is working for a competitor to a company you now want to join. As Equity explains in its guidance to members doing AI- related work: “If at a later date you are asked to work on an exclusive basis for another client, would the presence of your AI voice and the possibility of it working for competitors be https://www.ft.com/content/7c26a93f-88ec-4a50-8529-7df81af86208 2/3 9/6/22, 12:11 PM Actors worry that AI is taking centre stage | Financial Times problematic contractually?” Equity is calling on the UK government to update copyright law to make sure performers have the right to control AI-made “reproductions” of performances. Unions on both sides of the Atlantic are also trying to make agreements with tech companies that give performers royalties when their AI voice or image is used, as well as the right to approve its use in each new scenario. Some companies already do this: Sonantic says it has a profit-share agreement with voice actors, for example. There are opportunities as well as threats. With decent contract agreements in place, it could be very helpful for actors to have a source of passive income from the AI version of themselves, which is out there diligently doing work which might be boring but still brings in some money. AI also opens up the possibility of more flexible work for people who can’t always be on set, whether because of health or family reasons. That said, the broader lesson for the world of work is that AI doesn’t have to be “as good as humans” to begin to disrupt things for ordinary workers. In Hollywood, as in the economy as a whole, the superstars will be fine — everyone else will have to stay on their toes. sarah.oconnor@ft.com Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2022. All rights reserved. https://www.ft.com/content/7c26a93f-88ec-4a50-8529-7df81af86208 3/3
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How a Startup in a Garage Grew into an Influential Media Publisher | THE BIG THRILL

How a Startup in a Garage Grew into an Influential Media Publisher | THE BIG THRILL | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Blackstone Publishing: How a Startup in a Garage Grew into an Influential Media Publisher By Debbie Burke One day in the 1980s, entrepreneur Craig Black was stuck in gridlock on a southern California freeway. As he scanned thousands of vehicles around him stretching as far as the eye could see, realization struck him that people
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News - RBmedia acquires Ukemi Audiobooks and Dharma Audiobooks

News - RBmedia acquires Ukemi Audiobooks and Dharma Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Global audiobook publisher RBmedia has announced the acquisition of Ukemi Audiobooks and Dharma Audiobooks, acquiring each business’ full catalogues of titles. 
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Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio

Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Text-to-speech model can preserve speaker's emotional tone and acoustic environment.
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Apple Quietly Rolls Out AI-Narrated Audiobooks

Apple Quietly Rolls Out AI-Narrated Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The addition has received criticism from some publishing companies who say listeners want an authentic human voice.
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Hiltzik: The technology of ebooks sows confusion and lawsuits

Hiltzik: The technology of ebooks sows confusion and lawsuits | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Publishers and authors rightly fear that they'll lose out financially from the digitization of books; but it's also quite possible that, properly managed, the technological revolution will make them more money.
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Digital narration for audiobooks - Apple Books for Authors

Digital narration for audiobooks - Apple Books for Authors | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Combining sophisticated speech synthesis technology with a talented team of linguists, quality control specialists, and audio engineers, Apple Books is producing high-quality, digitally narrated audiobooks.
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Apple’s in, but no samples of dialogue.
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Meet Cadu Byington: The Audio Whiz Behind Your Favorite Audiobooks

Meet Cadu Byington: The Audio Whiz Behind Your Favorite Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular as people prefer audio to reading. Today, audiobooks are th
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The Best Audiobooks of 2022 - The New York Times

The Best Audiobooks of 2022 - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Hearing a memoir in the author’s voice can make a big difference, and not just when the author is Viola Davis. Plus: A creepy novel gets creepier in audio.
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What It's Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator and What It Pays

What It's Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator and What It Pays | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Hillary Huber once didn't finish reading a book before narrating it and had to rerecord a character after finding out they had a British accent.
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Spotify Makes a Bet on Audiobooks - The New York Times

Spotify Makes a Bet on Audiobooks - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The streaming service that transformed the music industry is expanding into audiobooks, and will offer more than 300,000 titles on a pay-per-book model.
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With Audiobooks Launching in the U.S. Today, Is the Home for All the Audio You Love —

With Audiobooks Launching in the U.S. Today,  Is the Home for All the Audio You Love — | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The Spotify you know and love is getting a lot bigger with the addition of a catalog of content that users have been requesting for years: audiobooks. Starting today, Spotify listeners in the U.S. will be able to purchase and listen to more than 300,000 audiobook titles—making our platform a true all-in-one destination for everyone’s... Read more »
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How this 34-year-old mom makes 6 figures as a book narrator: ‘I get to work my dream job from home’

How this 34-year-old mom makes 6 figures as a book narrator: ‘I get to work my dream job from home’ | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Audiobook narrator Natalie Naudus shares how she went from being a freelance musician to working her six-figure dream job from home.
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