Audiobooks are recorded and distributed by a narrator sitting in a recording booth. They are a valuable tool for many people with reading difficulties. They also allow listeners to multitask. Some people listen to audiobooks while exercising or while sleeping. In addition, they can be used to teach children to read.

In addition to being a useful educational resource, audiobooks can also help people learn a new language. They are also useful for people who are blind or have low vision.

An average audiobook takes between 44 and 66 hours to record. However, the duration may vary depending on the content. Some authors can produce their own audiobooks, while others prefer to hire an expert.

To record audiobooks, you need to buy the right equipment and have a good working environment. Depending on the quality of your output, you can expect to pay between $300 and $350 per 10,000 words.

When your book is complete, you can distribute it through ACX. They offer a non-exclusive deal, which means you can sell it online or on other channels. Approval of your audiobook can take several weeks.

Another option is to upload your file to PublishDrive. This service allows you to distribute your audiobooks to hundreds of online retailers. They also partner with Kobo, OverDrive, and Audible.

You can also publish audiobooks through Findaway Voices. They have a unique partnership with Draft2Digital.