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Pretty niche idea. It popped into my head while using my
android phone's text to speech service to listen to some
article's I'd stored to read later but never had the time to
do so. While listening to the computerised female
voice that Google offers, I was wondering it would be
nice if Stephen Fry was reading this article on Video
Then it got me thinking, could I offer a service to read
articles that people want listened to? This would be for
people who never have the time to read, e.g. the only
time they get is in the shower or when they're walking.
been told many times I should go into radio, so I'm pretty
confident my voice and reading voice would be good
enough. Plus I would offer samples on the website.
Is this promising, or just too wacky to even take off?
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||Google for talking newspapers and other audio services for the blind.
||I see this as a web-based podcast bidding system. If you see an article online which you'd like an audio version of, you click the "Give me a podcast" button. If a podcast exists you make a micro-payment of a few pennies and the podcast is downloaded. If a podcast does not exist, then you effectively pledge a few pennies for someone to record a podcast. Once the pledges have reached, say $50, [Arcturus] might be incentivised to record a podcast and collect the cash. He will then also collect any future micro-payments for downloads. To prevent people just recording garbage and collecting the money, no money actually gets into [Arcturus]'s account until 10 people have rated the podcast as good.
||// Is this promising, or just too wacky to even take off? //
||Either is welcome here. See any halfbake involving
ekranoplans for perfect examples of that philosophy.
||I like it [Arcturus]. A croissant from me. Can you start with some Mickey Spillane?
||The original idea is pretty baked, but I happily bun
[hippo]'s anno (though it is pretty baked in
Stephenson's "Carbon Age"). Creating a Kickstarter
account for "audible"izing articles or better obscure
books or short stories is a great idea. I'd love to see
homeless people like Ted Williams or others record
stuff for money.
||I'd debun [hippo]'s anno for "incentivised"; what's
wrong with "motivationalised"?
||In your own words, Max, "incentivised" is a perfectly cromulent word. Although I would have preferred "inducementated".