According to a Pew tracking survey conducted throughout 2010, 84 percent of American undergraduates now own iPods or other MP3 players. The potential audience for audio textbooks has never been greater.
The Audio Publishers Association's 2011 Sales Survey reveals that audiobook unit sales increased 10 percent over the previous year. As more Americans learn to multitask, audiobook sales will continue to grow.
While Texts In Audio is known for its book-length projects, we also produce great-sounding commercials and voiceover work fast and affordably. Just call to let us know what you need.
The People v. Automation
Although screen readers are technical marvels, no automated text-to-speech engine--even the best that feature so-called "natural voices"--can convey emotion, or even logic, as effectively as living breathing narrators. You know ... us. Imagine listening twenty hours to Siri reading a Harry Potter novel, and you'll get the basic idea.
Equally problematic, because automatons cannot correctly discern emphasis, or employ necessary pauses if commas are lacking, basic understanding is jeopardized routinely.
Screen readers not only sound artificial, they can also be factually misleading (listen to the handling of footnote 6 in the Social History clips). Compare how these free and trial-version electronic readers compare to people. The first excerpt is a single paragraph that contrasts philosophers George Santayana and William James. The second is a footnote-laden historical examination of the National Organization for Decent Literature.
But don't just take our word on it ... take the screenreaders'. As you'll hear, there's just no comparison.
COMPARING NARRATORS WITH TEXT-TO-SPEECH SOFTWARE