As we did a few month's ago with an insight into how our Editorial Department works, we thought this time we'd take you on a journey through our Production Department.
Calibre’s Production Department is where the magic happens. Here a book will make its last journey before it’s added to the Calibre Library. They work very closely with Editorial, who supply hundreds of books for them to process each year. These come in the form of Commercial and Calibre books.
Commercial books are audiobooks bought directly from publishers, and since they’re already recorded, they are streamlined through to Production, where they sort them into 10-minute tracks, and then convert them into MP3 format.
Calibre books, however, are recorded by our large team of volunteer narrators, who record audiobooks at home for us. Once they’ve finished a recording, it will be sent back to Calibre for preliminary checks, before going out to our volunteer checkers who listen and offer feedback. Once any final alterations have been made, the book will enter Production where it will be mastered (balancing volume levels and other audio tweaks), then sorted into 10-minute tracks and converted into the MP3 format.
We also have an in-house studio. While it’s not used to record audiobooks, it is used to record interviews, newsletters, announcements, sponsorships and many other audio snippets.