Publishing a book is a milestone for every author. These days, authors do not have to rely on the support of a big publishing house in order to put out a book. Many self-publishing authors are finding huge opportunities to introduce their work to readers in print, e-books, and in audiobook formats. Audiobooks have been around for many decades, but because of the technological advancements of the last few years, it is now possible for the author of a book to record, sell, and market a title as an independent publisher. With the help of online platforms such as Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) and websites such as Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com, audio titles are finding their way to people who want to listen to fiction and nonfiction books read for them by seasoned narrators.
Self-publishing authors who offer books have the opportunity to set up their own recording studio at home and act as the book's narrator. In case the book is a work of fiction, it is often necessary to hire a theatrical actor or voice talent who can perform character voices in order to make the book more engaging and entertaining. There are professional readers as well as famous actors offering their services as narrators that can bring a book to life for the listener.