As we continue to grow and expand our online bookstore, we’re super excited to begin offering digitally narrated audiobooks (sometimes called AI narrated). We just finished listening to and approving our first book last week (Legacy of Alexandria) and it is now available in our online store. Digital narration alleviates the massive expense of having to hire a narrator, and the job can be done in significantly less time than it takes a voice actor to read and edit a book. Therefore, we can offer digitally narrated books at a substantial discount from their voice acted counterparts. We firmly believe that more options for readers is always better.
At this point digital narration will not replace voice actors, but it does offer another avenue to get books into readers hands (or ears in this case) at a much lower cost. The technology has vastly improved over the last few years, and we are pleased with the products that we’re producing.
Over the course of the next year we plan to turn most all of Thomas K. Carpenter’s books into digitally narrated audiobooks, but with such an extensive catalog of books it will take almost a year. They will all be clearly labeled as “Digitally Narrated” because we think it’s important to make that distinction clear to customers.
Have you heard a digitally narrated book? What did you think? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.