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What AudioBooks Are and How They Can Help You As An Author.

What AudioBooks Are and How They Can Help You As An Author.

Audiobooks are gaining popularity and fast becoming a commonly-used medium of education and entertainment. The target market is constantly expanding, with both younger and older listeners enjoying the benefits of the audio format. The evolution of digital technology and related online platforms is making audiobooks more and more accessible, and at an increasingly affordable rate. So where does South Africa stand in embracing this relatively new medium of consuming books? 

 

WHAT IS AN AUDIOBOOK?

The audiobook has been around for many years and has evolved along with technology. From Books-on-tape, to Compact Discs and now digital Mp3 audiobooks. The principle of the audiobook essentially remains the same. A narrator will sit in a sound recording studio and read from a book into a microphone. The sound engineer will record the voice, edit it, mix and master it and produce the final product. Nowadays the final format is usually Mp3 audio files that can then be played back on numerous devices that can support Mp3 audio.

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Guest Post - Why Your eBook Should Be Professionally Edited (and how to reduce the bill!)

Guest Post - Why Your eBook Should Be Professionally Edited (and how to reduce the bill!)

 

Self-publishing is a new trend that gives professional publishers nightmares, and rightly so. Let's face it, how many of us would ever get our books published if we had to go the traditional route? Did you know that Sylvester Stallone could not find a company to produce his first Rocky movie? Likewise, many now-famous authors were first rejected by publishers:  Agatha Christie is the highest selling author of all time, second only to William Shakespeare, but she was rejected for 5 years before landing a publishing deal.

In more modern times, we all know J.K. Rowling's story. And Dr. Seuss, who has more than 300 million sales, and is the 9th best-selling fiction writer of all times, was also rejected at first. The list goes on and it goes to show that many of us have great stories inside of us that, without self-publishing, would never be shared!

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7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

7 Reasons to Publish an eBook

By Jim Wawro

 

Should you publish an ebook? Following the traditional publication of two print books, the self-publication of a third print book, and the publication of seven ebooks, here are seven reasons I recommend for publishing an ebook: 1. Ever since Gutenberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg ), the publishing industry has effectively monopolized what books the world reads. Why? Producing printed books from written words requires capital and the expert knowledge of many businesses, including print manufacturing, book marketing, and distribution. However, this key intermediary between reader and writer is no longer exclusive. 

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