Audible Publishing DAISY Consortium AGM Paris,June 10th, 2015 Acapela Group - Nicolas Mazars – Sales Manager
invents text-to-speech solutions to vocalize content since 1984 We create voices to give the say to your content in 35 languages
Voices by Acapela: •Text To Speech turns written input into speech •Vocalization of your content •Authentic and original voices •+100 synthetic voices in 35 languages •Natural & pleasant audio result •With meaning and intent •All Ages, All Accents •World’s first Genuine Children voices •Characters & Personalities •Creation of custom voices. Just for you.
Premium voices Perfect for long content Reading Meet: Sharon Manon Claudia
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Listen to how visually impaired users have been enabled to access freshly printed books, at the same time than any other reader, for the 1st time ever!
The AVH’s multi-media library offers to the visually impaired > Books and music in braille > Audio described films > Large print publications > DAISY audio books that use text to-speech
Audio book is by far the media most used by visually impaired users to access books.
Situation in 2012 •Visually Impaired readers did not have access to books at the same time as everybody else •Only 1,6% of the 60 000 new novels entering each year in the bookstores enter the AVH collection •93% of the AVH library loans were audio books, read by a human speaker
Milestones -2013- AVH starts full production of audio books “read by Alice” in DAISY format For the 1st time, the new book season is accessible to visually impaired at the same time than printed books using Alice’s voice -2014- AVH adds Premium voice ‘Manon’ to its portfolio
TTS audio book experience - Figures 72 % of surveyed people will borrow books read by speech synthesis again. 65% read audio book regularly versus 2% that don’t use audio books. 59% regularly read audio books by TTS 68% said quality was satisfactory (57) and very satisfactory (11) ‘I am 75 years old and I never thought I would be able to read the latest best sellers at the same time as people who can see. What a revolution!’ ‘I was pleasantly surprised by the speed with which we can access the latest new books and I am aware that only a synthetic voice can offer us this service – so well done.’