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Between performances, William DeMeritt would often pick up work in a recording studio at Blackstone Audio, one of the biggest publishers of audiobooks in the country. Blackstone also happens to be headquartered in Ashland, just three miles down the road from one of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s leading theaters. It was there that DeMeritt recorded the narration for several magazine articles, including “The First White President,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic published the article online along with an embedded link to the audio version of the piece on SoundCloud. The same day, the piece was published on Audm, the mobile audio startup that had commissioned the recording and hired DeMeritt to read it.
-- Amid audio boom, magazines hire actors to voice their work.