Audio Book Publishers Make It Easier To Read More
It’s a chilly, winter morning. You’re the first one up every morning. You get the lunches ready for the other family members, begin preparing breakfasts, and find you have a few moments before everything is ready and you have to wake the others, so you decide you’ll take advantage of that time to sit down, and read a page or two in the book you’ve been trying to read for the last year.
Unfortunately, the second you sit down, the peace is interrupted by one of the other family members coming in to ask you a question, and that is the last time you’ve been able to even touch that book. Publishers realize that in this day and age, more and more people are finding it exceptionally difficult to find the time to actually sit down, and physically read a book.
The good news is that audio book publishers are taking those same books, and creating audio versions for those people who don’t have the time to sit and read, and for those people who simply enjoy listening to a book at their convenience, regardless of their time situation.
Most of the big name publishing companies like Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, and even Scholastic have an audio book publishing division now, which is responsible for ensuring that most of the titles presented by the company are also available on audio. The audio books are usually available in either CD or downloadable formats.
These audio book publishers often hire celebrities to perform a dramatic reading of the text, so that not only does the listener get to enjoy the book whenever it’s convenient; the listener is also provided with a degree of entertainment, because of the various voices and inflections incorporated into the reading. In fact, often these audio books will be made even more dramatic through the use of ambient music or noises, so that the experience is much like listening to a show.
Audio book publishers know that it is often much easier for people to listen to a book on tape, as they used to be known, while in the car, shopping in a grocery store, or waiting for an appointment.
One thing to keep in mind when making audio book selections is whether you want the abridged version, or the unabridged version of a book. An abridged version means it is a shortened version of the original book, so certain parts deemed unnecessary for the plot have been deleted. The abridged version is the complete version of the original book with no deletions made whatsoever.
While the CD version of the audio book is often priced the same as the hard copy text, the book publishers often reduce the price of the downloadable version, because they don’t have to package any materials.
To further entice potential readers to purchase these audio versions, the audio book publishers frequently include brief interviews with the actors doing the reading, and the author of the novel, at the end of the audio version. These interviews give the readers insights into what the author was thinking, and the process he/she went through to write and publish that book.
Regardless, these audio books are an excellent means of providing busy people more access to books.