Storytel Partners with ElevenLabs on VoiceSwitcher
Storytel, a subscription services provider for audiobook streaming, has partnered with speech software provider ElevenLabs to develop artificial intelligence voices specifically tailored to Storytel's core markets and the production of AI narrated audiobooks. A new VoiceSwitcher feature will allow enhanced personalization of the Storytel service at scale.
The collaboration with ElevenLabs kicks off with the pilot launch of the Storytel VoiceSwitcher feature for select audiobooks in English. The VoiceSwitcher will allow Storytel users to seamlessly switch between AI voices complementing the organic human narration in the service. Before the end of the year, Storytel will then add support for Swedish and Danish AI voices before expanding the VoiceSwitcher functionality to additional markets.
"We are proud and excited to have reached this multiyear agreement with ElevenLabs. As AI voices have become more sophisticated and versatile, Storytel aspires to offer our customers more choice by deploying this best-in-class solution to tailor their listening experience by choosing from a wider range of voices," said Johan Ståhle, chief product officer of Storytel, in a statement. "Furthermore, synthetic voices will enable significant reductions in production costs for publishers as well as ourselves, thereby allowing an even richer and more diverse range of audiobook titles and genres to be produced in more languages."
"ElevenLabs is thrilled to partner up with Storytel, a company which so clearly shares our passion of bringing the world's best audio stories to the world. With a mutual goal of pushing the boundaries, we aim to revolutionize the implementation of AI solutions that enhance the work of publishers and creators. The art of audio storytelling lies in the power of narration, shaping the way stories are perceived. Through our collaboration with Storytel, cutting-edge synthetic voices allow users to personalize their listening experience like never before," said Mati Staniszewski, CEO of Eleven Labs, in a statement.