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Audible's Captions Program Gets Pushback

Rachel Deahl and Jim Milliot write the following for Publishers Weekly (PW):

‘Outrageous’ and ‘copyright infringement’ were the first two (unsolicited) emails PW received from independent publishers when word of Audible’s new program to run text along side its audiobooks began to spread. The program, called Captions, which requires the company to transcribe audio to text, was highlighted in a story in USA Today with a headline touting that Audible is looking to let customers ‘“read” an audiobook while [they] listen.’ While the company disputes that description, saying Captions is not at all akin to the act of reading, publishers, literary agents, and organizations representing authors are skeptical. …

Declining to answer specific questions about whether Audible has the rights to display the text of works, the company insisted that publishers will better understand the program after its official launch in September.

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