Bookwire to offer text-to-speech technology on a global level with Google

Frankfurt am Main, January 17, 2023 – The digital publishing company Bookwire GmbH further advances the progress of the publishing industry through a partnership with Google Play Books. The aim is to provide auto-narrated audiobook creation and expand the offering of text-to-speech technology (TTS) on a global level.
With its successful production service WAY - We Audiobook You, Bookwire offers the optimal infrastructure for the production of audiobooks. The new collaboration with Google Play Books allows Bookwire customers worldwide to produce auto-narrated audiobooks in various languages. Currently, Google Play Books has launched auto-narrated audiobook production for English, Spanish, German, French and Brazilian Portuguese books. Using Google’s solution, Bookwire enables its customers to create auto-narrated audiobooks within the framework of the WAY service and, as usual, takes over the complete production and quality assurance of these audiobooks. Both the production request and the subsequent delivery of the ready-for-distribution auto-narrated audiobooks are handled by Bookwire OS.
Solveij Krause, Team Lead Business Development Audio at Bookwire: "We are happy that in cooperation with the leading technology company Google we can add another provider to our TTS service who offers audiobook production with advanced AI in multiple languages. Bookwire wants to give publishers even more diverse opportunities to participate in the growing audio market with the additional TTS offer."
The production of audiobooks with AI is not intended as a replacement for professional studios and human speakers, but as an addition to Bookwire's audiobook production offering. Publishers can freely choose with WAY whether their audiobook should be produced with a human speaker or an artificial voice. In terms of accessibility and backlist, TTS offers a rapid and cost-effective way for publishers to tap the full potential of their catalogs and make their titles available on the market for everyone.
With the audiobook production service WAY, publishers can quickly move from manuscript to professionally produced, ready-for-distribution audiobook. Bookwire accompanies its customers through the entire process: from production and distribution to marketing and analysis of digital audiobooks.


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About Bookwire & “Bookwire OS – One Solution”

Bookwire GmbH was founded in Frankfurt in 2010 as a service provider for publisher distribution of eBooks and digital content. It has since become one of the leading international businesses in digital publishing technology. Bookwire currently employs 150 people in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, who take care of more than 2,500 publishers in the fields of eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts and Print-on-Demand. The pioneering software “Bookwire OS – One Solution”, launched in 2019, has delivered, analyzed and marketed around 800,000 eBooks and 200,000 audiobooks in all relevant distribution channels. In addition to the latest customer analytics and pricing technology, publishing clients of Bookwire GmbH also have access to individual support from account & marketing managers who look after the clients from end to end. In 2019, the audiobook production solution “We Audiobook You” (WAY) bagged the business the first “Digital Publishing Award” in the field of B2B solutions. Bookwire GmbH is managed by its founders Jens Klingelhöfer and John Ruhrmann, and has branches in Barcelona, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, New York and Paris, in addition to the company headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and the "Digital Hub" in Dortmund.