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Record Spoken Audio

Audio Books

You can record your own digital audiobook by using a computer and recording software such as Audacity, or a standalone device like a Coomber. Once you have a digital audio book you can download it to an iPod or other MP3 player, or burn to a CD. Some programs for recording and editing sound files are listed below. A few suggestions:

  • Save as MP3 files rather than WAV or WMA. MP3 are smaller than WAV and can be played back on more players than WMA
  • Record chapters/sections as separate MP3 tracks so that the reader can fast forward through the book
  • Give each MP3 track a sensible name e.g. '01 chapter 1', '02 chapter 2' etc
  • If you are making audio books for blind or visually impaired readers, consider creating Daisy audio books. These can have more navigation facilities so that the reader can find particular sections of the book more quickly. See the Using Books page for more on MP3 and Daisy.

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Programs for recording and editing sound files

Program Comment Approximate cost
Audacity Excellent free audio recorder/editor for Windows, MacOS and Unix. Free
Podium An easy to use program for recording, annotating and posting 'podcasts' on the internet. Pupils can then listen to and download the podcasts to their MP3 players. From 59
Dolphin Publisher For recording and creating Daisy type 1 (audio only) or type 2 (synchronised text-and-audio) books. From 695