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So coming off a week of listening to quite a few audio books, including one narrated by the author herself (Lacuna by Barbara Kingslover), I was interested in this article posted in the Huffington Post. The author of the article asks, should authors narrate their own books? Should writers narrate their own books? Mr. Alderman starts off by describing the process of creating audio books, and for fans (obsessives?) of audio books like me, I found it interesting:
being sequestered behind two tightly closed doors in a teeny-tiny room with no air conditioning — too noisy — on your feet and using your voice for many hours. How many? For a professional narrator, the general ratio of recording time to finished book is generally about three-to-one, So if the final edited book is 10 hours in length, you’ll be in the room for 30 hours. But, “If you’re doing a 10-hour book and you’re an amateur,” says Jerry Maybrook of Los Angeles’s production studio The Media Staff, “you’ll be stuck in a closed box for 50 hours — over six 8-hour days! And narrators are paid for the final edited length — NOT for time spent recording.”
That is amazing to me. It is truly a labor of love, sitting in 100 degree heat right now I got stuck on the part of the room without air conditioning. Alderman quotes an industry person as saying, “Audiobook listeners make their buying decisions based on the narrator.” And I guess indirectly that is correct, I won’t purchase a book if I don’t like the sound of it but I don’t shop books looking for specific narrators. Anyone else? How do you pick out audio books? Okay, back to the difficult question, should authors narrate their own books? Personally, I think the answer is no. I loved how Kinsglover narrated Lacuna, but I think I am in the minority. I have told friends that it was like having my mother or a friend read the book to me, not a narrator but I loved it all the same. However, if you look at reviews of the audio version, it is obvious that most people did not agree with me. When I think of well-done narrations of books and narrated by the authors, it is typically comedians or actors who are able to carry this job and I guess that makes sense. I would much prefer to have a professional narrator perform the book for me rather than an inexperienced author but, I will always give anything a try.
We love dystopia here at Badass and were excited to read that Tom Hank’s has an animated dystopia series, ”Playtone and Reliance Entertainment’s animated series “Electric City,” created by and starring Tom Hanks, will make its global debut on July 17th, 2012 on Yahoo! Screen. Set in a futuristic society, “Electric City” is a new 90- minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series. Yahoo! will bring Hanks’ vision and storytelling to a global audience through a first-of-its kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile and gaming media. You can see the trailer here. Listen to this — first ten episodes are only 5-7 minutes in length and will premiere on Yahoo! beginning on July 17th with the remaining episodes being released July 18th and July 19th. Sounds interesting!! And not very time consuming. I will definitely be checking this out.
Ereaders - Are they are spying on you? – Did you know that the major booksellers are collecting data on your ereading habits? Take a peek at this article. I think this was not a surprise to Kindle users — amazon already shares the most highlighted text portions in a book if you turn that feature on. Does this bother people? I know it bothers AH and it does bother me to an extent. I normally read without my 3G/Wifi connected but in the end, I am what Amazon is counting on — too lazy and too much in love with my ereader to make a switch. I have to think that this worries people though? It seems similar to Apple keeping data on where people were and have been through the GPS feature. Will it change your reading habits?
I was playing around on the overdrive site (because I am an obsessed book reader) and I found this article. It lists the most downloaded ebooks and audiobooks on overdrive right now. I guess I was surprised, but shouldn’t have been.
Now this concept is amazing and maybe I should have led with this idea (I need a drumroll) …….. have you thought about the possibility of Used E-books? Now this musing is based on a ruling in a German court in a case between between Oracle and UsedSoft, which centered on one corporation acquiring licenses and resold these licenses to consumers. You can read more here.
Did you hear that Penguin is going to venture back into the ebook lending world and is starting out with NYC library systems. This is a huge YAY! as many of the books I read are published by Penguin. I hope they find a way to make books available to library members and satisfy their pirating concerns. The article that discusses this briefly goes on to mention that many library patrons are not aware that ebooks can be checked out at the library. This is shocking to me, but I know I live in a very secluded world made up of books and ebooks and did you hear?
Amazon recently announced that less than four years after introducing them to its catalog, it’s now selling more electronic versions of its book titles than printed ones
What is your preference for reading? I have to admit I find it difficult to read print books anymore, I just don’t enjoy the experience as much as reading an ebook. With an ebook I can highlight, search (and then Amazon knows what I am highlighting and searching ….) and it is harder to do that with a print book.
A Question For Our Readers … Who Would You Like Us To Interview?
We are writing up our list of authors who we want to interview and would love your ideas! Post on this thread or message us with the link’s on the main page about what authors you want to read about!
Blurb: (512 pages — woot! woot!)
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
Books we can’t wait for:
Tin Swift by Devon Monk July 3
Fever Moon by KMM 7/10/12 (look for our review!) (only 2 more days!)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
by Mira Grant 7/10/12 (look for our review!)
Broken Harbour by Tana French 7/24/12 (wantwantwantwantwant)
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch 7/31/12 (look for our review)
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews 7/31/12 (please please please come fast!)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman July 10 – a Badass Hidden Gem – (see review here)
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard July 24 (see review here)
The Siren by Tiffany Riesz July 24 (see review here)
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan July 31 (see review here)
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin July 31 (our review here)
Skylark is releasing early, on August 1 instead of October.
Are we excited by these ….? (Will you/we or won’t you/we??)
Biting Hard by Chloe Neil 8/6/12 (We know Erika is out check out our joint review here of Drink Deep
Anything you CANNOT wait for?
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