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In Episode 9, we sit down with Derek Doepker to discuss the ideal methods for authors to narrate their audiobooks on their own. Derek is the bestselling author of 10 books, a self publishing veteran and the founder of popular fitness blog ExcuseProof.com. His books are available in audio format and he has narrated nearly all of them himself. Join us as Derek highlights several DIY ways for authors to voice their own audiobooks, whether they’re hoping to save money or simply connect with their audience on a more personal level.
As fantastic as reading a great book is, the unfortunate reality is that many people are too busy to find the time to sit down, relax and flip through its pages from cover to cover. However, since the MP3 audiobook craze hit in 2005, “listening” to books has become the new modus operandi for those short on leisure time. Thanks to audiobook narration, your target readers can now absorb your manuscript’s contents while walking their dog, hitting the treadmill at the gym or commuting to work.
Essentially, audiobooks allow readers to boost their productivity by doing two things at once – eliminating the sentiments of guilt surrounding losing valuable time by reading the traditional way. 37% of readers today say that they prefer listening to audiobooks, with the number increasing every year. As such, the number of audiobooks being created every year is on the rise, compared to the quantity of paperback or hardcover books being printed. However, critics are quick to judge audiobooks – saying that they fail to deliver the same benefits as printed books do, such as intellectual and emotional fulfillment. Here’s why we disagree.