In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway takes a look at the current Android upgrade that will generate realistic audio from ebooks.
ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway
Tomorrow Howard and I will be talking about Bookshop.org and Audiblegate in our most current self-publishing news podcast. Dont forget that tonight at 8pm GMT (3pm EST) we have #indieauthorchat over on Twitter, where the talk will have to do with uploading a book leading Amazon!
Android Update Creates Audiobooks from ebooks
Remarkably, the New Statesman post now has an update at the end, which contains a response from Bookshop.org. This is fascinating from several perspectives. Initially, it specifies Bookshop.orgs commitment to not undermining sales that would otherwise have actually come direct from regional stores. However 2nd, it reflects my own experience of their desire and speed to react to situations as they develop. Now, this might obviously be due to the fact that they are a well-oiled PR device (though the senior individual I spoke to was a previous indie book shop owner clearly multitasking under pressure and going out of his method to be responsive). On the other hand, as a journalist offer me over-responsive rather than unresponsive any day. And Im sure the thousands of authors attempting to get Audible to interact would echo that!
Publishers went to court to stop Audible releasing its proposed Audible Captions function. Their argument was that this was a rights grab, and amounted to Audible declaring ebook rights where they had only been given audio.
I reported recently on the reaction of Bookshop.org to the removal of print as needed titles from their shelves. Indies were certainly pleased. Today, however, Ive noted some criticism bubbling up from booksellers and publishers. This coalesced into an extremely comprehensive short article in The New Statesman which sought to mention that the terms Bookshop.org used to book shops and publishers were useful to neither. It likewise hinted that book shops had actually felt under some pressure to sign up with the Bookshop.org bandwagon. Possibly most damagingly, it claimed that while sales through Bookshop.org have actually grown (₤ 2.2 m in their very first month) considering that their UK launch, there is little evidence that these sales have come, as intended, out of Amazons piece of the pie instead of the direct sales of bookstores.
There has actually likewise been criticism of the function of the Booksellers Association, who represent booksellers interests and supported the UK launch. Booksellers have actually revealed worry at this relationship. A particularly loud critic has actually been James Daunt, of Waterstones and Barnes & & Noble. There is criticisms that the finances are not transparent, in spite of the company declare B Corporation status, which needs the greatest level of transparency.
Bookshop.org Faces Backlash from Booksellers and Publishers
Now, at the end of the year we discover that the most recent Android upgrade will be doing the opposite. It will auto-generate narrative for ebooks. Unlike some truly cumbersome early computer-voiced apps, this will use device learning to produce a variety of different accents for readers to pick from, with reasonable prosody. As Chromeunboxed put it “Google wishes to turn every book into an audiobook.” What actually interests me is a line I found in every post covering the story. “Google Play is working with publishers in the U.S. and the UK.” That seems to me like a huge old shift!
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Their argument was that this was a rights grab, and amounted to Audible claiming ebook rights where they had actually only been granted audio. It will auto-generate narrative for ebooks. Libraries are back at the heart of the news this week. Thats a revitalizing change from the dominance of the news by Audible. Now it has begun talking to Digital Public Library of America and its app SimplyE about making its ebooks offered to libraries.
Needless to state, the Audible scandal has actually made more indies appearance more closely at dispersing their books more widely. Its excellent to have a story that will remind people simply how important Overdrive is within the reading ecosystem in a favorable method. And its big enough to make any potential battle with Amazon actually intriguing.
Overdrives Record Growth (once again).
Libraries are back at the heart of the news this week. Thats a revitalizing change from the domination of the news by Audible. Now it has started talking to Digital Public Library of America and its app SimplyE about making its ebooks readily available to libraries.
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