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This article was published on May 19, 2017

Medium is recording audio versions of its top stories

Medium is recording audio versions of its top stories
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Blogging platform Medium has introduced audio to its premium membership, meaning that paying Medium users will be able to listen to stories as read by either the author or a voice actor.

According to VentureBeat, every member-exclusive story will have audio, as well as a few selected by Medium staff. Medium says on its membership page:

Our audio content is designed to give you a direct, emotional version of each story with professionally recorded narrations – no automated voices allowed.

According to TechCrunch, Medium is using voice actors in some cases, and the author’s own voice in others. While Medium think this could be most useful for people who are on the go, or don’t have time to read, it also helps accessibility. It definitely makes reading Medium stories easier for those who have poor eyesight.

There are already multiple Medium posts with audio, which are sorted into their own section.