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Audible’s Catalog Surpasses 40,000 AI-Voiced Audiobooks, Stirring Mixed Reactions

Audible hits 40,000 AI-narrated audiobooks, offering authors more options but facing criticism over narration quality from some listeners.

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Audible has achieved a significant milestone by expanding its audiobook library to include over 40,000 titles narrated by artificial intelligence. This development marks a notable shift in the production and consumption of audiobooks, offering authors a new revenue stream while eliciting mixed reactions from the audiobook listener community.

Author Benefits vs. Listener Concerns

Authors have largely welcomed Audible's foray into AI-voiced audiobooks, appreciating the additional opportunities to monetize their work. The technology enables a faster and more cost-effective production process compared to traditional audiobook recording, which often involves hiring voice actors and booking studio time. Hassan Osman of the Writer on the Side put the feature to the test and was able to complete his audiobook in under and hour. 

However, a segment of the audiobook audience has expressed dissatisfaction with the influx of AI-narrated titles. Critics argue that these recordings lack the emotional depth and nuance that human narrators bring to storytelling, potentially diminishing the listening experience. Business senior editor Bobby Ghosh took to Twitter/X to say Audible forcing on users is a problem, saying there should be a choice to remove AI audiobooks from searches. 

The Future of Audiobook Narration

As Audible continues to invest in AI technology for audiobook narration, the debate around the quality and authenticity of these AI-voiced titles is likely to persist. While some listeners embrace the innovation and the expanded library it brings, others call for a careful balance between leveraging new technologies and preserving the artistry of audiobook narration. The company's move reflects a broader trend in the publishing industry towards embracing digital technologies, which, despite its challenges, promises to redefine how stories are told and experienced.

has taken a mixed approach to AI content on its platform. In September last year, the company updated its content guidelines for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), mandating the disclosure of , including text, images, or translations. This move aims to ensure transparency and accountability for AI-generated content on its platform. Amazon also put a limit on how much AI content users could upload to its book listings.

SourceBloomberg
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