What is an audiobook?
An audiobook is a book which is voiced and recorded in an audio format. The traditional media for audiobooks have been Cassettes, CDs and DVDs. Now the audiobooks are becoming popular in a more digital format which you can download online from a website and quickly start listening to it. Internet gets much credit for the popularity of audiobooks.
What comes in audiobook?
The content of an audiobook can be anything. Many publishers are bringing their new titles in audio format along with the print media. According to an estimate, there are 30,000 plus titles available in form of Cassettes, CDs, DVDs and downloadable audio files.
Are there any advantages?
Many. People with vision problems find it hard to read a book can easily listen to an audiobook. You cannot read a book while exercising, or playing, or cooking. With audiobooks, you can actually follow the instructions of the book and make a yummy dish. No worries about spilling food on the paper too. These books can be enjoyed while doing anything which require less attention.
Where to get audiobooks from?
Audiobooks over CDs, DVDs or Cassettes may come more expensive than the printed edition because of the demand. But with the boom of the portable media players, a free market is getting developed where a user can freely download an audiobook and start listening. You can find numerous sites which allow to download titles and listen for free. Some provide streaming audio whereas some might let your download and listen at your convenience.
Types of audiobooks
Audiobooks can be divided in two categories – Abridged and unabridged. The difference is that unabridged ones are word to word dictation of the book whereas abridged are transformed by the abridger. He narrates the story as per his style. Audiobooks can be completely transformed and made much interesting by using music and sound effects.
Want to make your own audiobook
making your audiobook is not difficult either. All you need is a nice diction, a few gadgets and an easy recording software which too are freely available online. Besides these, there are some text-to speech tools which can convert your text to audio format.