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AudioBookMaker is a free tool for Windows devices that converts books into audiobooks using a text to speech engine.
In some cases, when you want to go for a walk, jog, or take a nap, audiobooks are 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 can change these for new documents, and your default values will differ 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, allowing you to customize audio quality, file name, and other parameters.
More valuable options in the app’s preferences include Windows Explorer integration for easier adding text documents, changing hotkeys, and setting pre-processing process priority.
AudioBookMaker is a handy application that carries out the simple process of transforming text into audiobooks when an app like BorrowBox is not working.
While the output quality 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.