RYA Audiobooks

 

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Available Audiobooks

Our first four key audiobooks are available now:

RYA Start Sailing (A-G3)

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Plus many other stores...

RYA Advanced Sailing (A-G12)

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Plus many other stores...

RYA Yachtmaster Handbook (A-G70)

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Plus many other stores...

RYA VHF Handbook (A-G31)

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Plus many other stores...

We'll then start looking at producing other audiobooks, including:

  • RYA National Sailing Scheme Instructor Handbook (A-G14)
  • RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (A-G2)

We'd love to hear your feedback, suggestions, requests or recommendations for RYA audiobooks. Please email publications@rya.org.uk with any comments.

Why are we looking at audiobooks?

Aside from the obvious benefits of accessibility, audiobooks are gaining popularity due to a growing number of mobile devices with improved functionality and the burgeoning popularity of digital formats. Audiobooks are also able to interact with increasingly popular smart speakers, voice recognition devices (i.e. Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod) and other streaming devices.

It's becoming more common for both train and car commuters to listen to audiobooks rather than music or the radio as a way to optimise their time to learn new information in our fast-paced world. Audiobooks appear to fit into our modern lifestyles, where instantaneous results are the norm, because you can listen at a higher speed rate than reading and carry out other tasks at the same time.

How are we approaching audiobooks?

We know that people love engaging content and learn more effectively with a compelling sensory experience. For example, audiobook narrators can use vocal range and add more exclamation or dramatic intent to their voices, compared with a person reading a book and hearing the words in their head. This creates a powerful and memorable experience.

A lot of our content is highly illustrated and some of it won't be suitable for audio. However, our approach is to start with a handful of our most appropriate titles and create abridged or adapted versions. Perhaps an "audio-notes" or "companion" version is the best description. The aim of our audiobooks is to be a useful and easily accessible reminder, refresher, companion, or supporting tool, rather than a complete replacement for the print or eBook format.

Where are they available?

Our audiobooks are available through a number of channels, shown below. We'll look at publishing to additional stores in due course.

Start Sailing (A-G3), Advanced Sailing (A-G12), VHF Handbook (A-G31), and Yachtmaster Handbook (A-G70) are also available to purchase directly through our new Authors Direct store (price in USD).

Note: Audible is currently experiencing delays, so Advanced Sailing (A-G12) is not yet available on this platform.

Audiobook channels available through FindAway Voices.