Confused by audio series, audiobooks, and podcasts? It will blow your mind
New Delhi: When it comes to audio content, it can be difficult to keep track of all the different formats available. From audiobooks to podcasts and now audio series, it can be overwhelming to know what to choose. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’ll break down the key differences between audio series, audiobooks, and podcasts so you can decide which is right for you.
First, let’s talk about the audio series. An audio series is a collection of audio episodes, similar to a television show, that is released over time and usually follows a story or story arc. Examples of audio series include fiction and non-fiction, dramas and comedies. They are perfect for those who want to get lost in a story and can’t wait for the next chapter. Currently, Pocket FM is a platform that produces audio series with an average of 800 episodes per title.
Next, we have audiobooks. An audiobook is a recording of a book being read aloud. Unlike an audio series that is released over time, it is usually recorded once. The purpose of an audiobook is to make it possible to listen to a book rather than read it. Audiobooks are great for book lovers who want to experience a story in a new way, or for those who like to “read” while doing other tasks. Audiobook platforms like Audible and Storytel can host hundreds of audiobooks.
There is still an extension of audiobooks – “audiobook summaries”, in which the site puts an abbreviated version of any book and does not require the approval of publishers. Despite the legal ambiguity in this model, millions of viewers consume such content every day. For example, Kuku FM has a library dominated by audiobook summaries.
Finally, we have podcasts. A podcast is a digital audio file available on the Internet for download to a computer or mobile device, usually available as a series, with subscribers automatically receiving new episodes. Podcasts can be produced by anyone and cover a variety of topics including news, politics and more. Podcasts are usually episodic and feature fiction and non-fiction. They are perfect for those who want to stay up-to-date with current affairs or learn something new. We have no better example than Spotify to represent the podcast format.
So, which one is right for you? If you are a fan of the story and can’t wait for the next episode, then the audio series is for you. If you are a book lover and want to experience the story in a new way then audio book is for you. If you want to stay up-to-date on current events or learn something new, the podcast is for you.
With so many options, there is something for everyone. So, don’t be afraid to try something new and see what you like.