How an Audiobook is Made

March 19th, 2018

audiobookHave you ever wondered how an audiobook is made?

Not all print books have an audio counterpart—but if they do, it’s because it’s in the contract. Audiobook popularity is expanding with Audiobook Publishers Association reporting a 33.9% increase in 2017. So there is a good chance that a print book will become an audiobook.

After the publisher decides to produce an audiobook, they select an audiobook narrator, usually an actor with a background in acting, singing, or voiceover work who has been trained in pacing and clarity when speaking. Each actor has a different process to prepare, but most audiobook actors will read through the book to determine the tone of the book, and to learn about the different characters and determine what each character will sound like.

According to Audible, it takes around six hours for a producer to complete one hour of an audiobook.  It usually takes two hours in the studio for the narrator to finish one hour of the book. And then, after that, an editor usually takes three hours to edit the hour. This can include cutting out pauses or breathing between sentences—the process is called “debreath.”

As the demand for more comprehensive digital collections grows, Cecil County Public Library offers digital audiobooks that can be streamed on your phone with apps like Libby from OverDrive, Hoopla Digital, and RBdigital. There are numerous benefits to using a digital audiobook—you can keep multiple books checked out, and switch between them with ease. For instance, you may have a book you listen to with your kids in the car, but then when you drop them off, you switch to yours.

Stop by any of our local branches to pursue our collections of audiobooks on CD. Or, if you’d prefer to listen on your smart phone or tablet, download Libby by OverDrive, Hoopla, or RB Digital, to view our digital audiobook collection. For more information, visit–ebooks/ or speak with staff at any of our locations for help downloading and navigating the digital collection.


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What Type of Reader Are You?

January 8th, 2018

Where’s your favorite place to read?
a. Train or plane
b. Alone, cozy on a couch with a cup of tea
c. On vacation

How did you decide on your current read?
a. The cover or the author
b. My favorite celebrity posted about it on Instagram, and then my favorite librarian recommended it
c. My mood

How much do you read?
a. Not enough!
b. Occasionally
c. It depends.

What’s your favorite genre?
a. Thrillers, Mystery, Romance
b. Nonfiction, Literary, Award Winners
c. I go through phases

If you got mostly a’s, you are a Multitasker

You love to read, but you don’t have time to read as much as you’d like. You simply have too much to do! You’re probably an audiobook listener or you read late at night when everyone else has gone to sleep.

Why not try: our audiobook collection? Available on your smart phone or in CD format if you’ve got a long commute!

If you got mostly b’s, you are a Picky Reader

You don’t like to waste your time on just any book. You do your research, by reading book lists online and in magazines, and you take recommendation seriously. Once you hear multiple people tell you a book is good, then you’re ready to check it out.

Why not try: Staff Recommendations or lists curated by our staff? Visit for the many ways to find your next great read.

If you got mostly c’s, you are a Binge Reader

You can read five books in three days and then you can go weeks without picking up a book. When you find an author you love, you have to read everything they’ve published. You read when the mood strikes you, and you’re open to anything.

Why not try: Hoopla? Hoopla is a digital collection that has audiobooks, books, and graphic novels—all content is available instantly! No waiting, no holds. Visit

For more recommendations and ways to find your next great read, visit our website at: or come into any branch.


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