Last night Graham gave an informative talk on two of the more recent innovations in the world of writing audiobooks and podcasts .

Audiobooks

These actually first made an appearance in the 1930’s but it was in the 1990’s that these talking books really began to take off. This is in part due to technology with smart phones that can automatically connect to car audio systems via blue tooth and the latest innovation smart speakers. The other reason has been the explosion in self learning.

 

Audiobooks come with essentially 4 types of narration (for novels)

  1. Full voice – One narrator but using a different voice for each character.

  2. Partial voice reading – One narrator but only some of the characters have different voices.

  3. Unvoiced – One narrator but no special voices for the characters.

  4. Multicast reading – More than one narrator with each person reading a different character.

This is a growing market for books and with audiobooks retailing around £12- £15 the royalties can be a healthy £5 – £6. So it is worth considering as an additional revenue source. Three of the main services available are

  • ACX (Amazon)

  • Voices.com

  • Findaway voices

You can of course do it yourself, if you like the sound of your own voice, though a good directional microphone might set you back £80 – £100.

Podcasts

A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. The term Podcast is actually a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast.

This is another high growth area. They can be on any subject whatsoever and as it is a very personal service it can help build trust between the author and their readership.

The BBC sounds app on your phone has them. A couple of ones to look out for are Mark Dawson on self publishing and GaryVee podcast.

Oh well onwards and upwards.