Audiobooks have transformed the book world. But many readers don't like audiobooks, because they lack the interactivity of physical books and ebooks. So how do we make audiobooks more interactive? Introducing SAGE by Penguin, the Smart Audiobook Guided Experience. Using AI powered smart technology, listeners can learn new words, ask questions about characters or places in the book, save their favorite quotes and characters, record their thoughts, learn the definitions of certain words, hear quotes from the author, and answer book club style prompts.
Sage is automatically enabled when the smart device detects the audiobook is a Penguin book. Listeners can interact with the book using these commands.
At certain points in the book, the listener can choose to hear the author's commentary.
SAGE, what does the author have to say about this chapter?
SAGE automatically pauses the audiobook when the listener starts speaking to SAGE or another person.
SAGE, what's the book club prompt for this chapter?
Book Club Prompt
At the end of each chapter, the listener can answer a book club style prompt.
BOOK CLUB PROMPT
SAGE, add a bookmark here.
The listener can bookmark a passage and view it in their Penguin account.
SAGE, play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at double speed.
The listener can ask SAGE to change the speed of the audiobook's narration.
SAGE, who is Zaphod Beeblebrox again?
The listener can ask SAGE to remind them of who a character is.
SAGE, I'd like to add a comment on this passage.
The listener can comment on a passage and view their comments in their Penguin account.
SAGE, what does gourmand mean?
The listener can ask SAGE what a word means.
SAGE, remember Marvin as a favorite character because I like what he said...
The listener can ask SAGE to save their favorite characters to their Penguin account.
SAGE, highlight that last bit starting at I don't want to die now.
The listener can ask SAGE to highlight a passage and view it in their penguin account.
SAGE, go back to the lest mention of Trillian.
The listener can ask SAGE to search for a certain point in the book using a keyword.
SAGE, where is Betelgeuse Five in relation to Earth?
The listener can ask SAGE where a location in the book is in relation to another.
SAGE, what is a Babel fish?
The listener can ask SAGE what an object is or what an object means in the book.
SAGE, repeat the last minute.
The listener can ask SAGE to repeat the last sentence or a specific amount of time.
SAGE, rewind to the beginning of chapter 3.
The listener can go back to a previous chapter or timestamp.
SAGE, skip ahead to the next chapter.
The listener can skip ahead to a future chapter or timestamp.