For some strange reason, I get occasional requests to turn my books into audiobooks. And so far, I’ve always ignored them — tech books don’t make good audiobooks, right!?
However, last month something inside me changed. When I published the March 2019 edition of The Kubernetes Book, I though “what the heck, let’s try this audiobook thing!”.
Is it any good?
Hmmm… errr… well…
I’ve tried really hard to make it enjoyable to listen to. But believe me, that’s not easy when you’re talking about Kubernetes and YAML files 🙂
So… the audio version isn’t a word-for-word replica of the paperback version. If I had to guess, I’d say that it’s ~95% true to the paperback, with ~5% tweaked for your listening pleasure.
Would I buy it if I was you?
Errrr….. yes I probably would.
Will you enjoy listening to it?
Errrr….. I’m not so sure about this.
Let’s be honest, it’s not going to be like listening to Harry Potter. But I do hope it’ll be a useful resource when you’re on the road and feel like brushing up on your Kubernetes knowledge.
Recommended way to listen
While it’s not my job to tell you how to listen to a book, let me offer this advice. Listen in short bursts — may be 20-minute bursts while you’re running or at the gym. Much more than 20-30 minutes and you might start to lose concentration. Just a thought.
What about the price?
Believe it or not, I don’t get to choose the price. Prices of audiobooks are based primarily on length. This book’s about 4 hrs 33 mins and it’s priced accordingly.
Why isn’t it available on in every possible audiobook library?
There’s no easy way to say this. I just don’t have enough time to manage lots of sales channels. The ACX platform lets me upload the book once, and they deal with putting it on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. That works for me!
Why isn’t it available where I live?
Same as above. I took the most reasonable option that makes it available to as many people as possible with as little effort as possible.
If that means it’s not available in your country, I’m genuinely sorry. But I also genuinely don’t have enough hours in each day to manage lots of different sales channels.
Will I be updating it when I update the paperback/e-book versions?
It took me about a month to tweak it and record it as an audiobook. And when you consider the fact that I expect to sell a grand total of about 5 copies, it’s not worth the effort to keep updating. Don’t worry though, most of the stuff it covers is stable core Kubernetes stuff, so not likely to change too much.
That’s all. Hope you enjoy listening!