Anyone After Audio?

Audiobooks are hugely popular.

I, on the other hand, can’t listen to a book. I have to hold it in my hands. Much prefer print to digital, but even digital is better for me than audio.

microphoneYou might not be me. Yes, I checked. You’re not me.

Are you interested in audio versions of my books?

I have my own recording studio. I have 45 years of training in public speaking and reading just the way an audio book should be read, so I have the wherewithal.

I’d enjoy doing it, and probably will, just for fun.

But is it worth bumping it up on the to-do list, get it done sooner than later?

After all, giving to you is one reason I write.

6 thoughts on “Anyone After Audio?

    1. Avid readers will get through about 350 words per minute. Audio tends to be about 150wpm.

      My 60,000-word books would take, then, just under 3 hours to read, or nearly 7 hours to listen to.

      Recording a 7-hour book takes about 12 hours of reading time, with flubs and pauses, and another 12 or so to edit.

      This brings up the old numbers vs reality issue. If it takes 7 hours to listen to one of my books, but someone simply won’t read a printed book, which is faster?

      In the end, amount of time becomes a non-issue. Amount of enjoyment is the only valid measure in this choice..

  1. I listen to audiobooks primarily on long car trips, and wasn’t convinced of the need for it for my own books. But as an author, I’m now a firm believer. I created an audiobook of my first book (about marketing) when people started asking for it. Apparently, many people would rather do their ‘business reading’ at the gym or on a commute. Some months, the audiobook sales outperform both physical and ebook versions combined. I’ve just released my second book (on writing) on audiobook and will see how that turns out. A few people tell me that they like to have the audiobook together with the physical book. Fiction may be different, but the more formats you can provide, the more people can enjoy your books.

    1. the more formats you can provide, the more people can enjoy your books

      Anne, I think that’s the real point. (Hulloo there!)

      I know writers who don’t bother with print because they never buy it so why would anyone else?

      Well, how about because I won’t buy their book unless I can get it in print? It’s not that much harder or expensive to go digital plus print instead of just digital.

      Audio, though, is a much bigger investment in time and effort, which is one reason I haven’t done all my books. My first business book, The Commonsense Entrepreneur is available in audio, but I’m not sure I have it for sale anywhere, which sort of limits the audience.

      You raise a good question in my mind about business books vs. fiction. I think that needs to be the focus of my thinking.

  2. I’ve never actually tried an audiobook, but I feel like I wouldn’t be able to pay as much attention to the story as if I’m reading it.
    Well, especially if it’s an audiobook in English, as my English reading is better than my English hearing!

    1. Language choice makes a big difference, Myriam. I could read a story in Spanish or even a children’s book in German, but listening would be very difficult, and not at all enjoyable if I were doing it for fun. Which, as I said, it wouldn’t be.

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