Dinlebi (actually “Listen up”) is an audiobook platform that began life as an area initiative presenting the works of well-known authors with narrations from a few of the nation’s best-loved voice actors.
The platform, which set out with the aim of fixing readers’ experience of audiobooks, consists of a whole bunch of recent and classical works from all genres, from literature to social science. The utility appeals to all, with group membership obtainable for households and buddies in addition to particular person membership, and offers customers the choice to add notes with their very own voices.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) in regards to the particulars of the applying, Dinlebi Project Coordinator Ethem Şallı stated the platform set out to additional enlarge an space with restricted choices and content material. He acknowledged that Dinlebi can be distinctive because it provided an experience and content material appropriate for the tradition and habits of the land the place it originated.
“Indeed, Turkish literature is generally primarily based on oral tradition. Bard tradition has been the principle literary development of this terrain. Turkish thinker and poet Yunus Emre didn’t have a writer. Likewise, different poets Karacaoğlan and Pir Sultan are literary figures whose works have been transmitted from individuals to individuals with oral custom.” Şallı added.
The coordinator identified that studying on a person foundation was a typical bourgeois exercise starting within the 19th century and onward. “There was a necessity for a platform to assist larger contact with books as opposed to presenting the person studying observe as the one dominant choice. We began working with this concept. We have launched the applying on account of a couple of yr of planning of experience, content material and advertising. We have made our street map and plans for the approaching interval, and we’ll proceed to develop it shortly in accordance to a schedule,” Şallı stated.
Emphasizing that they goal to supply all kinds of content material to listeners on the platform, Şallı famous: “We may also voice quick and highly effective texts that may be consumed shortly. We maintained our precedence of being an area enterprise whereas deciding on the title. We have branded the Turkish phrase, ‘pay attention’ as an essence. In truth, in saying ‘Dinlebi,’ now we have additionally included a name in an intimate tone that everybody makes use of in our model.”
Explaining that the audiobook sector had solely just lately began to develop in Turkey, Şallı acknowledged: “Britain, the U.S. and Northern Europe, specifically, have come a great distance on this regard. Therefore, expectations of audiobook functions on this planet and their similarities to one another are simply accessible data. However, there are nuances that distinguish the Turkish individuals from others, and to seize them and to supply options each in experience and in content material accordingly is probably the most elementary factor that can make us stand out. We are one of many high nations by way of the usage of social functions. That is why now we have developed the ‘press-share’ characteristic for Dinlebi. This is the primary and solely utility to accomplish that. Thus, once you pay attention to the guide, you possibly can document what you’ll name probably the most essential a part of it by urgent a button within the participant and sharing it instantly in your Instagram and Facebook story.”
According to Şallı, whereas listening to a guide within the utility, “ambient sound” could be added, and so, the reader can really feel extra immersed within the story with varied appears like these of trains, the ocean, rain and a hearth relying on the topic.
Şallı famous that the platform got here into being on account of negotiations with greater than 20 main publishing homes in Turkey, ending within the formation of a beautiful enterprise mannequin for publishing homes that may improve their content material shortly.
Touching on editorial preferences, Şallı stated: “Of course, now we have a sure imaginative and prescient and a data-centric orientation on this regard. But we don’t need to fall for the error made by the distributors within the printed publishing sector. For this purpose, we created a extra egalitarian and pluralist platform that offers us the chance to embrace the information, instinct and brainpower of publishers in our content material curation.”
He continued that they had been presently working with almost 100 voice actors, and every of them was scored in lots of classes equivalent to experience, voice shade and timbre and studying performances, and matched with the content material within the manufacturing schedule.
Pointing out that they recorded the readings in their very own studio, Şallı defined the sound recording course of: “The voice actor works on the guide earlier than they arrive to our studio whereas our sound engineer manages the technical recording course of. Our studying coach checks each intonations and textual content accuracy and feedback throughout the voicing. The completed and mixed recording is listened to from the start by our high quality controller, who is rarely concerned within the earlier course of. Recording begins once more if obligatory in response to each technical points and studying feedback. Technically, our data are saved to worldwide requirements. But above all, the difficulty we care about is to keep away from shedding the naturalness of the document.”
Underlining that audiobooks are by no means another to studying books, or an alternative choice to printed books or e-books, Şallı stated: “We have by no means seen it that approach, and we don’t strategy our work that approach both. For occasion, the applying can add worth to the time spent in site visitors by city individuals who need to learn however can’t spend as a lot time on books as they need.”
The platform offers a chance to pay attention to limitless books free of charge for 14 days and contains a whole bunch of Turkish and world classics, equivalent to Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Sabahattin Ali, in addition to present authors. Dinlebi consists of books that includes voices by well-known artists equivalent to Metin Belgin, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Özgür Ozan, Mahmut Gökgöz, Oya Okar, Umut Tabak, Yağmur Ün, Eser Eyüboğlu and Yüsra Geyik.