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AI Narrated Books at Apple

More and more book lovers are listening to audiobooks, yet only a fraction of books are converted to audio — leaving millions of titles unheard. Many authors — especially independent authors and those associated with small publishers — aren’t able to create audiobooks due to the cost and complexity of production. Apple Books digital narration makes the creation of audiobooks more accessible to all, helping you meet the growing demand by making more books available for listeners to enjoy.

I really like the idea of this, as I listen to more books than I read. I have also been enjoying services like Matter and Readwise Reader that can narrate your saved articles.

One thing I’d love to see across the industry is better pricing for purchasing book + narration (whether human or AI). I like to read along when narration occurs, but it’s really tough to pay double for each book.