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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by alhawke on February 29, 2024, 01:38:01 AM »
Amazon/audible were about 52 days behind every other retailer with my last few audiobooks (earlier this year).
That's what I saw with my most recent release too. I thought maybe it was due to AI? But maybe it's just normal delays.
Now I'm waiting for a boxed set to transfer over. So far >1month.
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Amazon is working perfectly for me.

But I've been seeing Facebook being flaky lately.

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It seems as if this could be Amazon needing to allocate itself more server capacity, or perhaps Amazon is trying to initiate something new and having glitches.

More likely there is an interruption between your ISP and the Amazon server you normally access.

Have you tried pinging Amazon to see what the response times are?
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Slow load times on Amazon-related websites
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 29, 2024, 12:23:48 AM »
Is anyone else noticing weirdly slow loading of Amazon pages or pages failing to load completely?

Before anyone asked, I recently switched to fiber-optic internet, and non-Amazon sites load with the expected speed. The problem I'm seeing is specific to Amazon.

This morning, it took me three tries to get the KDP dashboard to load properly. Accessing Amazon.com took only one try but was interrupted by an error message. Loading Amazon ads took two tries. And that's the best I've seen in a while. I either get a blank page or an incompletely loaded page and have to try again.

In addition, Amazon's Kindle for PC app refuses to connect or synch most of the time. I've had luck when my machine, which is relatively new, boots up. Otherwise, if I buy a new book and want to read it right away, I need to restart my computer in order to download it. (The downloads, when they do occur, are lightning fast.)

It seems as if this could be Amazon needing to allocate itself more server capacity, or perhaps Amazon is trying to initiate something new and having glitches.
 
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by PJ Post on February 28, 2024, 11:17:12 PM »
Elevenlabs is now working with Disney.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 28, 2024, 08:43:35 PM »
Amazon/audible were about 52 days behind every other retailer with my last few audiobooks (earlier this year).

Took a lot of my patience :D
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 28, 2024, 08:39:13 PM »

It's taken me about 4 years, but I've nearly released an entire trilogy at once!



All 3 books are going live in a few days - March 1st - with a universal link to the first one below:

https://books2read.com/u/38YQed

(I've yet to release a whole trilogy at once, so I'm curious as to whether that will be a plus - the "no waiting between books" aspect is a real drawcard for me, as a reader)

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on February 28, 2024, 05:01:28 AM »
This baby Jatropha was really determined and came up through the newly tarred pathway that had been dug up to fix a leak.  :)
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Affordable yet professional editing/proofreading
« Last post by cynthiadavis on February 26, 2024, 11:43:32 PM »
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by CaptnAndy on February 26, 2024, 09:46:11 AM »
I found the editing /review process user friendly. There were several age 30-40 voices, both male and female. Where I had to edit the AI were numbers (0800 to oh eight hundred), letters (HE to H E, or High Explosive), and some words (Mk 1 to Mark one). It also mispronounced words that were a typo or misspelled.
If you change the eBook manuscript after the Virtual Audio Book is live, it will be automatically updated to the Audio book. I haven't yet checked to see if my audio edits will still be applied.
This is still a work in progress for me, and I'll pass on anything new I learn.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by PJ Post on February 26, 2024, 08:20:40 AM »
Trouble is, I don't see how to figure out the next thing.

It's whatever you can imagine.


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For me, I'm moving on. I have a great narrator and she fits my series. She's also able to perform differently with a wide array of voices (something the technology can't do as well yet).

Elevenlabs can do different voices within a single project, as well as vary the amount of emotion in the tone. It's pretty amazing, and of course, it's going to get better. But truly unique voices may be a different thing. Voice actors also bring a collaboration vibe to the party, which for projects like this is usually a good thing. I used a voice actor for my radio plays, so I get it. Just looking at the AI workflow is exhausting, but revising the prose into a script took a lot of work too.
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