I’ve become a big fan of audiobooks.
There is a cost, other than cash, of audiobooks though. I don’t see the cover so often, I sometimes don’t even remember the name of the book I’m listening to. I don’t see the names of characters, planets, fantasy cities, alien races. If there’s a non-made-up word that’s used, then I have to try and remember, guess how to spell it, and look it up later.
It looks like Audible is taking steps to help. The audiobook powerhouse is about to release Audible Captions. It’s an enhanced version of their mobile app.
Captions is inspired by Audible’s work with students in Newark, New Jersey and has been introduced to the press as an education tool. I’m interested in it for the weird and fantastic sci-fi and fantasy terms it might encounter.
I wonder if geeky books might challenge the system because these aren’t transcripts the app shows. Audible Captions uses Alexa voice recognition technology.
A bonus of the app listening to itself to produce the captions means that it’ll be available on thousands of audiobooks at launch.
At the time of writing, there are 168 Warhammer audiobooks at Audible. That’s incredible.
Do you think Audible Captions will be useful for you?