Monday, May 6, 2013

Writing 101: Audio Books

If you've self-published, then you're already learning how to master the art of turning a manuscript into an ebook. Now, you've got to turn that ebook into an audio book.

Listening to Books

There's nothing new about listening to books. Lots of people have memories of family road trips with a book on tape or book on CD droning in the background. But now that so many people have a smartphone or electronic device of some sort, audio books are back...and they're digital.

Once you turn your book into an ebook, the next logical step is to have it read aloud to you so you don't even have to go through the hassle of looking at the screen. Converting to audio books is fairly simple, so don't miss out on this market.

With text-to-speech technology, convert any ebook into an audio book. Your software may already have text-to-speech technology. You can always open up your book and use the text-to-speech function to have it read aloud. Record this audio into an MP3 file that can be played on a smartphone or similar device.

It's much easier to use software, of course. Text2Go is a fairly user-friendly program for Windows users. It will open your ebook and convert it without lots of time and trouble. You will need your ebook in ePub, html or plain text format, so make sure it's properly converted first.

People can listen to an audio book while working out, cleaning house, driving in the car or doing any other activity that might make it inconvenient to look at a screen. Convert your books, and start selling them in a new market.

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