Benefits of Using Audio Technology During Interview

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Interviews are tough, especially when conducting more than one in a day. This can lead to papers getting lost or mixed up, ineffective notes and over time the interview can become clouded – interviewers will never remember everything no matter how many times they tell themselves otherwise.

Quotes Can Be Verbatim

When using audio technology such as a Dictaphone during an interview, the interviewer can focus on building a rapport with the interviewee. This makes for a much more relaxed interview and increases the chances of gaining some good quotes. Such quotes can then be used verbatim and decreases the chances of an interviewee claiming they never said something.

Eliminates Poor Note Taking

Poor note taking can lead to important points being missed. Audio recording gets rid of this risk and allows interviewers to take note of every single thing said during the course of an interview.

Makes For a more Engaged Interview

Using audio recording equipment allows interviewers to become more engaged with an interviewee by maintaining eye contact and actively listening in a way that encourages the interviewee to express their thoughts.

Gives Interview Clarity

Audio recording allows an interview to be rewound and listened to again to help gain clarity on a subject. Tone, pitch of voice and speed of speech can be assessed to add depth and dimension to a piece. Words are good for quotes however actions are a better indication of an individual’s true thoughts and opinions.

Files Can Be Used in Libel Cases

It is important for journalists and writers to keep accurate and up-to-date details of all interviews, quotes and contact details of an individual. If someone was to sue for libel then a defendant can use audio files as evidence in their defence. Having such evidence means that writers can report on events without worrying about someone claiming what was reported not to be a true account of what was said.

Can Be Integrated Into Digital Media

Sound files can easily be edited and cut down using software such as Adobe Audition. Such clips can then be used on a variety of other media including videos, presentations, radio shows and online – giving an interview a new dimension and angle.

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eBook news

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E-book News: New e-reader coming soon to cost just £100

The latest e-reader coming soon to the market claims to be the smallest and lightest around...and will cost just £100. The txtr beagle, currently only available in Germany, has a 5" e-ink display, similar to that of the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo range and weighs just 128 grams.

This offers possibilities on a number of levels and not just for authors. Because of their price and lightness and quite good looks they could be used as display models for things such as menus in restaurants as this is the first opportunity that businesses have had to buy e-readers at a truly affordable price.  

txtr beagle e-reader The txtr beagle does have its limitations; despite having 4GB of space, 2GB more than the Kindle and Kobo Touch, it will only hold 5 ebooks compared to the other devices suggested 2,000. This is possibly because of the image processing when the books are being sent via a smart phone application to the beagle as the beagle comes without wi-fi or 3G. However this is a small complaint for some and with a promised year of battery life, this little device could become a huge hit, especially with those not already convinced enough to pay upwards of  100 for a device. It might also end up being popular within the children's market. The txtr beagle provides yet another reason to consider going digital with publications and books. 

 

eBook Boom

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e-Book Boom: Digital Fiction Book Sales Rise By Nearly 200%

The BBC has reported via the Publishers Association that fiction ebook sales have risen by nearly 200% on the same period as last year at this time.

The rise of 188% has also been boosted by a 171% rise in digital children's book sales. A Non-fiction title also returned encouraging figures with a 128% rise in digital sales.

Certainly the strong e-book growth has taken the tarnish off the otherwise tricky market," Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller says.

50 Shades of Grey CoverWhat we can take away from this is that whilst it was open to debate as to how e-books would do when it truly came time to start influencing the public, there is conclusive proof starting to emerge that ebooks are here to stay and there is more money to be made in this field. A small drop of physical book sales (0.4%) shows that people still love their paperbacks but this is very encouraging for the future of publishing as before the emerging of commercial and affordable e-reader devices book sales were slumping and not seeing much signs of improving.

These sales figures are surely bolstered by the release this year or the mega-selling 50 Shades of Grey. Thanks to mass publicity both due to its controversy and the way that it split the public as to its overall quality as a story and the way it was written, it generated major sales both through intrigue and the desire to read something different and it stayed at the top of the digital charts, as well as the physical one for the past year or so. For the first time in a long time advertising for books has been seen on a mass scale on the sides of buses, in railway stations and on billboards throughout the country, so I can't see anything but positive things for the future of reading and books.

Of course there will always be traditionalists who are against the digitisation of books, like with any progress, whether seen as positive or negative, but the sheer convenience that e-readers possess will always outdo that. When the largest book seller in the world (Amazon) decides to focus their interests on making the most popular e-reader in the world, it says something about the state of books and where we might be heading.

With Christmas just around the corner, e-readers and tablet devices on which e-books can be read with ease are expected to be at the top of the best-seller lists and to be sitting in several million stockings come December 25th, those e-book sales are just going to go up and up.

In other e-reader and ebook news, Kobo has announced their new line-up of e-readers in time for Christmas. The new Kobo 'family' consists of a new tablet device to take on the Kindle Fire HD as well as a new mini budget reader as well as the 'Glo', one of two recently announced e-reader devices to feature a backlight for night-time reading.

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