Audible is the most popular site in most of the Western world regarding audiobooks. They have a few different subscription tiers, but you pay them a monthly fee, and you get one credit, which can be redeemed to buy any audiobook on the platform. They have invested heavily into their Originals program, where paid subscriptions can access all of them for free, in addition to … [Read more...] about What are the best Audiobook alternatives to Audible?
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How human voice artists inadvertently contributed to Apple and Spotify developing AI synthetic voice
The rapid advancement in the field of artificial intelligence has made it possible for computer-generated synthetic voices to accurately mimic the human voice, the same can also lead to human voice actors losing their job to such synthetic voices in the future. Ironically, while that's enough to make the voice artists feel insecure, they might have also contributed to the … [Read more...] about How human voice artists inadvertently contributed to Apple and Spotify developing AI synthetic voice
Spotify’s Purchase of Findaway cost them $123 million
Spotify had spent €117 million - around $123 million USD - for acquiring Findaway, an audiobook platform that has a copious amount of titles from major publishers and also an online system that pairs authors with engineers to create their own audiobooks. Spotify has been betting big on audiobooks even though it had started off as a music streaming service provider. It had also … [Read more...] about Spotify’s Purchase of Findaway cost them $123 million
Spotify confirms they are adding a Freemium Model to Audiobooks
Spotify has announced that they are going to be implementing a freemium model for audiobooks for people who are not a paid subscriber. So when the company eventually incorporates a million audiobook titles from their purchase of Findaway, you will be able to listen to them, while having ads play during playback. "We’ve moved from being a music discovery and playback service, … [Read more...] about Spotify confirms they are adding a Freemium Model to Audiobooks
Barnes and Noble is bringing audiobook support to their Nook App
Barnes and Noble has been selling audiobooks since 2014. They created the Nook Audiobooks app for Android and iOS. Their catalog of content came from Findaway, which powers many audiobook retailers catalogs, such as Google, Kobo and Scribd. Barnes and Noble has announced that they are discontinuing their audiobook app and integrating everything into the main Nook … [Read more...] about Barnes and Noble is bringing audiobook support to their Nook App
ebook revenues were down 12.3% in October 2021
During the early days of the pandemic, US book sales were going through the roof, and everyone thought that the format was going to make a comeback. In 2021, things started out just fine, but starting in the Spring, things have been in a constant state of decline. In the first ten months, ebook revenues were down 5.6% as compared to the first ten months of 2020. Year to date, … [Read more...] about ebook revenues were down 12.3% in October 2021
Podimo audiobook platform raises $78 million in Series B funding
Podimo, the Copenhagen based podcast and audiobook platform announced they have completed $78 million Series B funding. The company said they are going to utilize the fund in expanding its reach to more markets worldwide. The platform is currently active in parts of Europe which includes Denmark, Spain, Germany, and Norway along with the entire Latin American region. CEO … [Read more...] about Podimo audiobook platform raises $78 million in Series B funding
Spotify to spend $3.5 billion on enhancing podcast and audiobook experience
Spotify is increasingly turning to audiobooks and podcasts to achieve its future growth targets. Towards that, Spotify CFO Paul Vogel said they have earmarked a budget of $3.5 billion which they intend to spend in enhancing its podcast and audiobook offerings. The process is already underway at Spotify, something exemplified by the recent acquisition of Findaway. This makes … [Read more...] about Spotify to spend $3.5 billion on enhancing podcast and audiobook experience
Will audiobooks surpass eBooks in popularity?
Audiobooks are all the craze these days. The pandemic brought into focus eBooks and audiobooks which came across as a no-contact means of accessing new reading material. However, while the eBook craze seems to have somewhat frittered away, demand for audiobooks continues to be steady and strong. With the pandemic easing a bit and bookstores across the world getting back to … [Read more...] about Will audiobooks surpass eBooks in popularity?
Storytel is entering the US market with acquisition Audiobooks.com
Storyel is quickly becoming one of the largest audiobook and ebook subscription services. They got their start in 2006, primarily marketing their services in the Nordic countries. Over the years they have made a few minor acquisitions, primarily to get access to more titles. They currently operate in 25 different countries, such as Russia, Spain, India and the United Arab … [Read more...] about Storytel is entering the US market with acquisition Audiobooks.com
Spotify Acquires the largest audiobook wholesaler Findaway
Findaway has been in business since 2005 and they are the largest wholesale distributor of audiobooks. They have over 350,000 titles in their catalog and power the digital collections of Scribd, Nook Audiobooks, Kobo, Storytel, Google Audiobooks and a myriad of others. One of the leading growth avenues have been their "Voices" system, which allows indie authors to quickly find … [Read more...] about Spotify Acquires the largest audiobook wholesaler Findaway