Apple launches AI-powered audio narration for select books in Apple Books
Apple stated that this feature will help independent authors who may not be able to convert their books to audiobooks due to the cost and complexity of production.
Artificial intelligence, one of the most popular titles of the last period, is now starting to appear with audio books. In this context , Apple announced that it has made artificial intelligence supported audio narration available for certain books in Apple Books. The company stated that this feature will help independent authors who may not be able to convert their books to audiobooks due to the cost and complexity of production.
Apple Books’ digital narration combines the important work of teams of linguists, quality control experts, and audio engineers with advanced speech synthesis technology to produce high-quality audiobooks from an e-book file. Currently, only content in certain titles is narrated by Apple’s AI-generated voices.
Apple has long been at the forefront of innovative speech technology and has now worked with publishers, writers and narrators to adapt this technology for long-form reading. What writers need to do to voice their books is actually quite simple. Because Apple’s preferred partners such as Draft2Digital and Ingram CoreSource simplify the production and distribution process of digitally narrated audiobooks. The ebook must be available on Apple Books, the author must have the rights to produce the audiobook. The primary categories are currently love or fiction, while mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy are not yet supported. In addition, the language of the book is English.
If the author and his book meet all the requirements, the most suitable voice can be selected from the preferred business partner, and then the process begins. A cover image is then selected and a description is added to the content. The author can decide for himself the release date of the audiobook.
When we look at the examples shared by Apple, we can feel that the sounds are really high quality. Although it is not possible to feel any emotion in the sound, at least we encounter a fluent, clear and pleasant sound. You can check out Apple’s examples at Apple Books or here.