Audio Book Or Not?

The Salary of an Audio Book Narrator

If you are a new narrator, you are most likely to be paid hourly that ranges from no pay to $50 per hour for small publishers. Medium-size and large-sized publishers may pay between $100 and $350 per hour.

The standard rates for audio narrators are $125 per hour for recording time and $500 per finished hour.

Some narrators are paid by page or by word. The payment per page is $125 and per word is 1 to 5 cents

The Average Salary depends on the experience level, union status, and publisher size and it is difficult to determine a single average salary for audiobook narrators. However, there is some data that shows the salary of audiobook narrators by city. According to, those working in New York City will earn an average of $43,000.

Some advantages of print books

better learning with print books

research shows that by reading audiobooks the scale of learning will subtract, in this research, a group of 25 people was asked to read a 28-page e-book in kindle reader and another group of 25 people to read the exact same book from a print book; then they were asked to narrate 14 events in the story in consecutive order, in this research the performance of print book was better than the e-books. Also, you can take notes better in print books than the e-book.

less physical injury and fatigue

Looking at a screen for a long time can cause symptoms such as eye fatigue and injury, mental fatigue, and sleep disorders while reading a print book does not cause any of the above problems.  The effects of looking at screens for too long have more effect on children.

the simplicity of print books

Reading a print book does not require anything but the book, in addition, anyone can use it easily without worrying about running out of charge.

Advantages of audiobook

  1. Audiobooks cost less

the price of e-books in book reader apps is cheaper than print books since the elimination of paper and printing costs so that many people can use them.

  1. Audiobooks can be updated easily

E-books easily can be updated and new copies can be available to the users, and usually, they do not cost much on the other hand having new copies of a book requires spending money and buying it again.

  1. Better access to Audiobooks

Free audiobooks are as portable as printed books but in a different way. You can bring more books with you for free audiobooks.

However, some readers still believe that they are willing to give up all these benefits and have their own print books. They believe that they get a better feeling to read print books.

Audiobook Trends and Statistics

The boom in audiobook production has provided a very good rate of return. Many audiobook publishers have acknowledged that e-book sales are booming and that the only way the digital version of a book has consistently made a profit is with audiobooks. According to statistics from free and non-free audiobook listeners, 48% of listeners are under 35 years old.

Publishers with this statistic are thinking that: “If many people at an early age are interested in listening to audiobooks, they have read more books with more time by the time they reach middle age, and when you are interested in these formats in a younger age, In the future there will be no preference for choosing a particular type of book. “On the other hand, the process of listening to an audiobook is much faster than reading a text, and therefore, books are read more quickly and dynamically.”

What the statistics say about audiobooks till 2019

A new report states that one in five Americans (about 20%) listen to audiobooks, but still reading print books or e-books is more popular than audiobooks. audiobooks are the only format that increased in popularity over the past year. Also, audiobooks are quickly catching up to e-books which is remarkable because e-books were just twice as popular just three years ago.

Print books still continue to be more popular than e-books or audiobooks

Research shows that people between 18-49 years olds are the biggest users of audiobooks, with 23% of 18-29-year-olds and 27% of 30-49-year-olds prefer listening to an audiobook over the past year.


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