Readers tell me they’d love to read more books in audio, but sometimes the audiobooks are cost prohibitive.
For example, short reads are simply too expensive to read in audio format. I’ve been thinking about how to solve this issue for a while, and I think we may have hit on a workable solution.
What say you?
I’ve been experimenting with audiobooks created using artificial intelligence lately. While they can’t replace professional voice actors, audiobooks created using artificial intelligence are fast and inexpensive to produce.
The technology has been improving almost by the minute. Early AI audio was robotic and difficult to listen to, but the current versions sound almost human (with a few glitches here and there).
Many books that won’t support the cost of professional narration can be created with artificial intelligence. Which means those readers who can’t read print or ebook versions can still enjoy the audio version of the stories.
Libraries have been taking advantage of artificial intelligence to narrate audio books for the blind, as one example.
We’ve produced our first AI audiobooks just recently. If they are well received, we may produce other books that we wouldn’t normally release in audio formats. Short reads, or books that don’t appeal to a wide audience, for example, might be perfect for AI narration.
Do you have readers in your life who have trouble reading print or on screens? Busy folks who love to read but need to multi-task, so they listen to audio instead of other formats? These AI audiobooks will serve those folks well. Because AI audiobooks will be cheaper, more people will have access to them, too.
So how about checking this out for me? All you need to do is give it a chance. See what you think.
Should we offer AI audiobooks for readers who want them?
Or is it better simply not to have audio available at all for some books?
What say you? Let me know what you think.