I adore fiction, but my medium of choice is the written word. Dead tree or e-book, either works for me. I just love the way reading loads a story directly from the page into my brain, allowing me to imagine and interpret the author’s words in the way that’s most personally powerful to me.
I enjoy visual media like movies, TV, and the theater, but I’d choose a book over any of them, any day. My subconscious clearly wants to be the sole interpreter of the story. I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve never even thought of listening to an audiobook.
That may have to change. I’m planning to publish my debut novel, The Seeds of Power, later this year, followed by other stories in the same world and series. I’ll start with e-books and print, but then I think I should add audiobooks. Partly because people who know more than I say that audio is a fast-growing sector, less crowded and thus offering more discoverability to a new author. Mostly, if I’m honest, because it would be something new to learn and I think it would be cool 😉 .
Inevitably, there’s a downside. One reason audio is less crowded is that the cost of creation is higher—somehow (either upfront or through royalties) the author has to pay for a narrator and production costs. To do it right is an expensive business. So if I’m going to invest in e-books, it seems to me I should understand what makes a good one.
I have questions. SO many questions.
- Do you read, or listen, or both?
- What influences your decision? If you prefer audiobooks, do you use them to help pass the time when you’re engaged in some other task, like a workout, or a long drive, or a commute, or a house full of laundry?
- Do you listen to the same authors you read? The same books, even?
- Do you mind that it takes longer to listen to an audiobook than to read the book?
- How do you feel about the pricing of audiobooks?
- How do you assess the quality of the narrator?
- Do you prefer a male or female narrator?
- Would you try an audiobook by a new-to-you author because you like the narrator?
- In your opinion, what makes a successful audiobook?
I have a couple of long journeys planned over the summer. I’m thinking I should listen to a few books, just to get a feeling for how the whole audiobook experience works. Are there any tips or tricks you’d care to pass on to make sure my experience is a positive one?
I bet there are a whole lot more questions I didn’t even think to ask.
Any insights or advice or recommendations you’re prepared to offer would be most gratefully received!