Recently I started thinking about recording my own audio books. Since I love audio books so much I thought wouldn’t it be a great idea to try to record some of my own. It seems that recording audio books wouldn’t be that difficult nowadays, since technology makes things so easy. The truth is it is not that difficult.
Why Would you Want to Make Your Own Audio Book?
If you’re in the audio book business like I am you just may want to record your own books so you can give them away or sell them. If you’re not you may just want to do something that’s more like podcasting. I did some reading on this topic earlier and found that some people were actually recommending a program like Wave Lab. I think it all depends on what you’re really trying to do. Most people won’t need something a sophisticated as Wave Lab until they get to a point where they are producing many audio books. Wave Lab is a pretty expensive software program but they’re definitely cheaper options.
There is a free audio editing program called Audacity that you can do most of the things you need to produce a mini audio book or a podcast. In the near future I will be able to direct you to a cheap video tutorial to show you how. If you just want to create MP3 recordings to help with your studies or just make it easier to listen to some of those ebooks you may have purchased there is a program called TextAloud that can make recording audio books a breeze. It basically is a text to speech software that produces recordings of existing text on your computer. TextAloud uses voice synthesis to convert text into spoken audio. Listen on your PC or create MP3 or WMA files for use on portable devices like iPods, PocketPCs, and CD players. This is a great productivity option for students and business people alike.
The package that I’m currently using is the Podcast Factory by M-Audio. This is a happy medium because it isn’t as expensive as Wave Lab but has many more bells and whistles to help you produce quality audio while recording audio books. Whether you are seriously considering recording your own audio books or just becoming more productive with your reading, class material or business documents there is a solution out there for you today. Just keep in mind that the quality of your audio book recordings is dependent on the tools you use.