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Tech Forum 2020 recap: Audiobooks

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A recap of @BookNet_Canada's #TechForum 2020 audiobook presentations.

We’re back with another recap of Tech Forum 2020 content. This time, tailored to audiobook lovers, enthusiasts, and experts! From charts and graphs about the Canadian audiobook market to accessibility and metadata for audio titles, we’ve got it all.

Audiobooks in Canada

BookNet Canada’s President & CEO, Noah Genner shares the latest research and insights from BookNet Canada and its partners relevant to the audiobook market.

Get caught up in advance of the session by reading BookNet’s latest report of audiobooks, Press Play: Audiobook Use in Canada 2020.


Audiobook metadata in ONIX

EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor goes over all facets of working with ONIX metadata for audio titles. What's different in ONIX for audiobooks? And how do you send good metadata for audio, including chapter-level metadata?


Audiobook accessibility

In this panel, Jessica Albert, Wendy Reid, Simon Jaeger, Danny Faris, Robert Gordon, and Laurie Davidson discuss accessibility issues in mainstream audiobook formats, the relevance of the DAISY standard for audiobooks, and the work being done on the new audiobook standard. Their conversation also touches on the various automated tools that help make audiobooks more accessible and looks at how audiobooks are produced from a variety of perspectives: publisher, user, and alternate format producer (such as CNIB or NNELS).


Presenting the most enjoyable audiobook in the world

Marisa DeMeglio, Software Developer at DAISY Consortium, and Wendy Reid, Accessibility and Publishing Standards Lead at Rakuten Kobo, demonstrate the possibilities of audiobook accessibility through a series of demos while also explaining the formats and technology behind these demos, including the upcoming Audiobooks specification and Synchronized Media for Publications work.


These and more Tech Forum presentations can be found on our YouTube channel, BNC blog, and podcast. You can also consult this schedule — all the sessions listed in purple have free online content available.