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June is Audiobook Month!

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By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 8, 2009

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Audiobook Concept - headphones around book stackDid you know that the month of June is audiobook month?

For any of you who are audiobook enthusiasts, this may come as no surprise, however, I thought we should mark the occasion with a special blog post.

I've compiled a number of links and resources that relate to audiobooks, audiobook production, narration technique, communities and places where you can buy audiobooks.

Audiobooks: More Than Just MP3s

As the popularity of audiobooks continues to increase, people have come to realize that audiobook recordings are not just companions complementing the written word, they represent the carrying on of oral tradition and storytelling passed down to us from our ancestors for thousands of years, embodying emotion, heart, and making connections on a deeper level than can be expressed through the printed word alone.

Over the last week, we've been talking a lot about audiobooks, and for good reason. Not only is it an extremely diverse field to get into, audiobooks is also one of the fastest growing markets in need of professionally recorded voice overs and narration.

If you're interested in learning more about audiobooks, getting started in audiobook narration or are looking to produce your own audiobook and hire a narrator, I've included a number of resources below for your consideration.

For some audiobook resources, check out these links:

AudioFile Magazine
Audio Publishers Association
Scott Brick's tutorial on how to get started in audiobook narration
Pat Fraley's article about the subtleties of audiobook narration
Dan Bostick of Full Cast Audio shares how their audiobooks are made / video session
Recording Stories from the Public Domain (Royalty-free)
Get your Audiobook Recorded by a Narrator at Voices.com
Audiobook Narrators For Hire
Browse and Buy audiobooks at Audible.com
Browse and Buy audiobooks at SimplyAudiobooks.ca
Visit The LibriVox.org Community for Narrators

Before I go, I want to send a special shout out to some narrators I recently met and know on Twitter:

Lorelei King @LoreleiKing
Scott Brick @ScottBrick
Simon Vance @SimVan

If you know of any other links that you think should be included, comment and let me know.

Happy Audiobook Month!

Warm regards,

Stephanie

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Related Topics: Audible.com, audio books, Audiobook month, Audiobooks, AudioFile Magazine, audios, how to, techniques


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