Comments on: Long tail audiobooks – a thought experiment http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/ Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:38:06 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 By: Scott Jacobi http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2813849 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:48:33 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2813849 Hi Ethan, I work for http://www.ACX.com, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, which Audible created to get the very books you describe into audio. Authors have a few different options for having their books produced, including a royalty share model where the author pays nothing up front. If there’s a book you’ve been dying to hear in audio, let the author know about ACX, and you might be listening to it someday soon!

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By: Ethan http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2813412 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 01:48:34 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2813412 I bought and tried Voice Dream – I used it for about three hours, driving home from MIT this weekend. It’s certainly better than I remembered text to speech, but it’s still pretty hard to listen to for hours at a time. Listening to webpages I’d saved to read offline with Instapaper was pretty cool, but actually persuaded me that I might want a service that could do readings of articles, not just books…

I like the unglue.it idea – basically, crowdfunding open source ebooks by paying the rightsholders for a license. Very cool and worth learning from.

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By: Vanessa Blaylock http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812589 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:38:26 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812589 I’ll have to try the software that Rich & David suggest. Meanwhile, YES! I’d love this. Like you I have time in vehicles where “Long Tail Audiobooks” would be great.

And, Oh gosh! It sounds like my sluggishness in picking up a copy of Rewire has just been rewarded! Can’t wait to “hear” your book! :D

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By: Meg http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812588 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:24:58 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812588 I don’t know of an audio-specific option, but the model you propose sounds vaguely similar to what unglue.it is doing with ebooks: https://unglue.it/faq/

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By: Jenny http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812587 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:13:46 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812587 I think this same thing all the time. I’ve wanted a kickstarter for audiobooks for years! Who will do it?

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By: Jonathan Levine http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812586 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:12:55 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812586 Umano (http://umanoapp.com/) does something like this for articles, not books. I don’t think they crowdsource suggestions but they invite narrators to apply to read a curated set of articles.

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By: David Sasaki http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812570 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:57:16 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812570 I agree with Rich — voice to text has improved remarkably. I use it on android to read through essays while I’m driving or not the metro.

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By: Rich Weatherill http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/09/25/long-tail-audiobooks-a-thought-experiment/comment-page-1/#comment-2812494 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:06:14 +0000 http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=4735#comment-2812494 I have started using Voice Dream on my iPhone to cover this. With ios7 the text to speech voices are pretty good. Plus you can listen at faster speeds (up to 700 wpm)

It can take non-DRM epub & PDF plus integrates with pocket for web based articles.

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