AudioBookMaker is a free tool for Windows devices which converts books into audiobooks using a text to speech engine.
In some cases, when you want to go for a walk or jog or to take a nap, audiobooks turn out to be quite handy thanks to their hands-free/eyes-closed approach. (To stream Audiobooks, you can use Audible for Windows 10.)
This software lets you create audiobooks from text files or text you choose to add/copy to the program. The app supports plain text format along with Microsoft Word and HTML files. No matter what you do, you can create a new document and then add/paste text in it directly. Alternatively, you also have the option of having the program read Clipboard text aloud.
AudioBookMaker has controls for the following features: playing text, selecting different voices, and changing speed, pitch, and volume. You are able to change these for new documents and your default values will become different from their initial ones.
Audio speech engine
AudioBookMaker recognizes installed audio speech engines from the OS and lists them under voices. While audio output is identifiable as computer-generated, it isn’t a surprise. The app supports pronunciation dictionaries which you can add to the program to customize the pronunciation of words, phrases and abbreviations. You can also substitute words.
Once you’re happy with it, all you have to do is hit the save button.
Windows Explorer integration
AudioBookMaker supports the .mp3 and .wav audio formats, giving you the opportunity to customize audio quality, file name, and otherparameters.
More useful are options in the app’s preferences that include Windows Explorer integration for an easier time adding text documents, changing hotkeys and setting text pre-processing process priority.
AudioBookMaker is a handy application sporting a simple process of transforming text into audiobooks. While the quality of the output is acceptable even if the results are pretty robotic, you can change this by installing other text to speech engines on your Windows device.
You can download AudioBookMaker from the tool’s official website.
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