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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New Year’s Resolution: Read Better, Not More

January 2nd, 2018


New Year’s Resolution: Read Better, Not More

Every year, at least one of my New Year’s resolutions revolves around reading. It’s usually a general “read more” goal, but this year, I decided to be more specific. Instead of reading more, I want to read better. Here are some of my resolutions that you can also try:

  1. Listen to audiobooks while running errands or doing chores. I usually dread meal prep or cleaning, but when I’m listening to a great story, those tedious chores become so much more enjoyable. I used to only listen to audiobooks in the car, but with CCPL’s great digital apps like Hoopla, Libby, and RBdigital, I can stream audiobooks on my smart phone. Call or visit a branch to learn more, or check out our collections online.
  2. Give yourself permission to not read a book! With almost three million books being published every year, you don’t have time for a lackluster reading experience. This past month, I told myself, “You can’t read anything new until you finish this particular book.” Well, after slogging through a book for weeks, I finally got fed up and picked up another book. I finished that book in two days! It’s not that I didn’t feel like reading; I was just uninterested in the book I had originally picked up. So, if someone doesn’t grab you in a few chapters, put it down! Maybe it’s not what you need to be reading at that moment. Remember, you can always come back to it. Not sure what to read next and need a recommendation? Try our Bookmate service – fill out a quick survey online and a librarian will get back to you with 3-5 titles or authors for you to try.
  3. Throw away your preconceived notion of “good” reading. Many people associate “quality” reading with the classics. While yes, there are many advantages to reading classics, be honest with yourself about why are you reading them—for your own personal enjoyment, or because you think you’re supposed to? This year, expand your idea of reading! Read something for the pure pleasure of getting caught up in a story. The classics will always be there. Need a suggestion? Come in and ask a librarian or check out our Staff Recommendation page on the website.

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