You may have already heard the big news, but Google Play is now allowing us to create audiobooks with their auto narration AI. How cool is this?
So a few things, to do this your eBooks already need to be available for sale on the Google Play platform – either directly through Google Play or via PublishDrive.
Two, you CAN take your finished audiobook files to sell the audiobook off of the Google Play platform. But the major audiobook aggregators like Findaway Voices and ACX don’t accept AI narrated files at this time. So, keep that in mind. You can sell the audiobook on Google Play and your direct sales channels, and that’s kind of it right now.
When the news came out I was so excited. But only 1 of my books didn’t have an audiobook. Architects is book #2 in the Project Collusion series and the main character’s POV is male, hence I didn’t narrate it myself. I figured at the moment I was getting $0 for the audiobook that didn’t exist, so making one with the AI couldn’t hurt and if I didn’t like how it sounded then I could pull it.
So without delay, here is how you create an audiobook on Google Play using their auto narrate feature. Here is what you will need:
-eBook available on Google Play
-new audiobook ISBN
-audiobook cover art
Payments – 52% royalty – that’s looowww. But again, not getting anything off it otherwise.
I like the idea of having this version ready to launch as soon as my book is out and then maybe I can take the pressure off of narrating it myself or finding the perfect narrator. It’s also cool to have my technothriller voice by AI, adds to the spookiness of a world controlled by an evil tech company… I’ve said too much.
Have you given this feature a try yet? I think AI narration has a long way to go, but Architects sound pretty good. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Matty’s Podcast: https://www.theindyauthor.com/133—creating-an-ai-narrated-audiobook.html
Joanna’s Podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2022/05/20/ai-narrated-audiobooks/
My new autonarrated audiobook!: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details?id=AQAAAED8LRRt-M
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