Audiobook

Oyez! is Nord Compo’s audiobook production division. Oyez! has assembled a curated network of talented voice actors working in vetted sound studios around the world to produce affordable and highly professional audiobooks, podcasts and digital products containing audio in nearly any spoken language. This team gives us a wide range of specialties including children’s literature, educational nonfiction, textbooks, mystery, self-help, Christian, adventure, romance, and a lot more. Oyez!’s expert project managers, sound engineers, and wide range of voice talent, combined with our unique “off-site” production, allow us to produce consistent, high-quality, affordable audio products. Ask us about multiple narrators, sound effects, music, and podcasts, too!

Audio

Audiobooks represent the fastest growing segment of the book market. The number of audiobook titles produced per year has grown around tenfold since 2012, with over 80,000 titles produced last year, about 25% of the titles produced by traditional publishers. This phenomenon has reached most genres, from children’s books, romance, general fiction, non-fiction, professional, self-help and much more.

Avid consumers of audiobooks recognize that a great narrator and high quality production processes enhance the reading experience. Sound effects can also create a richer reading experience. Hybrid digital books that include an audio component have caught on in a big way. Readalongs (or readalouds) have created a new market for digital children’s picture books, as explained below. Similarly, video can be added to an epub to create added value at a relatively low cost. This is particularly effective for school market non-fiction, how-to, self-help, professional and religious books.

Audio

Audiobooks represent the fastest growing segment of the book market. The number of audiobook titles produced per year has grown around tenfold since 2012, with over 80,000 titles produced last year, about 25% of the titles produced by traditional publishers. This phenomenon has reached most genres, from children’s books, romance, general fiction, non-fiction, professional, self-help and much more.

Avid consumers of audiobooks recognize that a great narrator and high quality production processes enhance the reading experience. Sound effects can also create a richer reading experience. Hybrid digital books that include an audio component have caught on in a big way. Readalongs (or readalouds) have created a new market for digital children’s picture books, as explained below. Similarly, video can be added to an epub to create added value at a relatively low cost. This is particularly effective for school market non-fiction, how-to, self-help, professional and religious books.

Readalouds

Readalouds, (also called readalongs) are an effective tool for teaching reading to young children. They combine two digital products, epubs and audiobooks, to create an entirely new format, an enhanced fixed layout epub with an embedded professionally narrated audio track, with word highlighting. Readalouds are distributed by most ebook resellers that accept epubs, including iBooks, Kobo (app), Google Play, and Overdrive.

This format, geared to children in the preK to 3rd grade range, makes picture books come to life. They are relatively inexpensive to produce and they generate healthy margins because they command list prices that are more than double those for the same title as a straight fixed layout epub. Over the past few years, Nord Compo has produced thousands of readalouds for dozens of publishers in multiple languages. The production involves the creation of the epub, the creation of the audiobook, the integration of the two and the creation of a timing file to enable the text highlighting. We are happy to provide quotes upon request. Below or to the left (depending on your device) are links to sample pages of readalouds on the Overdrive platform, viewable in most browsers, including MS-Edge, Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

Readalouds

Readalouds, (also called readalongs) are an effective tool for teaching reading to young children. They combine two digital products, epubs and audiobooks, to create an entirely new format, an enhanced fixed layout epub with an embedded professionally narrated audio track, with word highlighting. Readalouds are distributed by most ebook resellers that accept epubs, including iBooks, Kobo (app), Google Play, and Overdrive.

This format, geared to children in the preK to 3rd grade range, makes picture books come to life. They are relatively inexpensive to produce and they generate healthy margins because they command list prices that are more than double those for the same title as a straight fixed layout epub. Over the past few years, Nord Compo has produced thousands of readalouds for dozens of publishers in multiple languages. The production involves the creation of the epub, the creation of the audiobook, the integration of the two and the creation of a timing file to enable the text highlighting. We are happy to provide quotes upon request. Below or to the left (depending on your device) are links to sample pages of readalouds on the Overdrive platform, viewable in most browsers, including MS-Edge, Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari.