DuoBook

Switch between reading and listening to the same story

#4 Product of the DayDecember 22, 2016

Duobook is an eReader and audiobook player that lets you switch between reading and listening without losing your place in the story.

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Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
Hi Everyone! We're super excited to launch DuoBook today — an app that lets you switch between reading and listening to the same story. We're a small, lean team inside a larger company (Findaway), and we built this in 12 weeks with a team of three. We're launching with a very small catalog, but more content is on the way soon. We're focused on testing out the idea that people will read more if they aren't restricted to a single format. @alexwglenn (lead iOS developer), @tanie_a (business/strategy) and I (product lead) will be around here all day, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on DuoBook, and answer any questions you have!
Perry Curac-Dahl@perrycd101 · Strategist at Fueled
@willdages @alexwglenn @tanie_a Love it! As an NYC subway rider, it's annoying having to stop reading when switching trains. This seems like a nice solve.
Alex Glenn
Maker
@alexwglenn · Senior Mobile Developer, Findaway
@perrycd101 @willdages @tanie_a Thanks! We love hearing about situations in life that DuoBook can make better.
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
@willdages @alexwglenn @tanie_a I love this! I don't know about everybody but this is AMAZING! Please sign me up! 🚀 PS: I second the integration with Google Home/Echo. The ability to listen to a book in my home by being relatively passive would be HUGE! Great Job @willdages, @alexwglenn, @tanie_a!
Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
@as_austin @alexwglenn @tanie_a Thanks Austin, we love hearing this! 🙌 High fives from the whole team 🙌
Rob Tapella@robtapella · ux @ jpl
@willdages @alexwglenn @tanie_a isn't this already "tested", as it's the same as Kindle+Audible? I've been doing this for a long time and it's great. It's also similar to Pocket with their newer emphasis on text-to-speech, which promotes a similar mode-swap. I'd say the more complicated issue is getting content. The text and audio will need to be licensed separately, or at least gathered separately if you go the free route (Gutenberg etc) because historically the two media have been created separately.
Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
@robtapella Hey Rob, thanks for the note! Glad to hear you already enjoy switching between text and audio. We're taking a bit of a different approach by always bundling both formats together, as opposed to having someone buying one format and then making a second purchase to add on the other format. We hope there's some value in that simplicity. Indeed, this concept of switching between text and audio has been tested by others, but we still wanted to very deliberately test our assumptions with DuoBook, and learn as much as we can along the way. It's why we launched so quickly, and did so with such a small catalog of content. We're very focused on learning quickly, and we've already got some really great initial feedback from our first users. Also, I wanted to note that none of our content will be text-to-speech, all our text will be aligned with human-narrated audio — that makes the alignment harder, but the experience is much much better. We love that apps like Pocket are making the mode-swap more prevalent and familiar to people though! We have great relationships with lots of large publishing partners and independent authors (DuoBook is a product from Findaway, check out some of the other stuff we do at findaway.com), but we're starting out by testing some of our assumptions with public domain content at launch. More great content is on the way! Thanks again for checking out DuoBook, and for the comment!
kevoh@kevinohlsson · 3D @ LUMAMATTE.com
Can I listen while I read? 🤔
Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
@kevinohlsson This is in the works! We've still got a little work to do but yes, we are planning on letting you do both at the same time. At first, you'll have to turn the page manually, but we are working towards automatic page-turning as well!
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
@kevinohlsson At first I thought this was said jokingly, but then I thought that would be great. And reading comprehension is multiplied when read and heard at the same time.
Rob Tapella@robtapella · ux @ jpl
@kevinohlsson you can do this with Kindle and Audible integration. The Kindle app plays Audible/Amazon audiobooks directly and it will highlight as it reads and flip pages automatically.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Would love to see Google Home integration. Imagine asking Google to continue where you left off while cooking, cleaning, or hanging out at home.
Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
@rrhoover Yes! We love that idea too, we're big fans of both Echo and Google Home, and agree that would be a great way to continue a story. It's on our roadmap :)
David Serville@davidserville · Crewcare
Isn't this the same as whisper sync ?
Gavin Jones@vinnyjones · Founder & Director, MeeTime
This is a great idea. I am still surprised that there are no audio books bundled with an e-book. I often listen to audiobooks in the car and then want to read the same thing at night. Well done.
Will Dages
Maker
@willdages · Head of DuoBook
@vinnyjones Thanks Gavin! I'm the same way, I usually have one book I listen to on my way to/from work, and another book I read at night. That use case has inspired a lot of decisions around DuoBook!
Rob Tapella@robtapella · ux @ jpl
@vinnyjones Amazon has been doing this book-audiobook sync for a while, using Audible (which was acquired by Amazon). They aren't "bundled", but you can often get a Kindle book plus synchronizing Audible book for a low combined price.