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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Books on June 27, 2022
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    Exploring the world of fanworks: Dive into Archive Of Our Own

    For ardent readers who have an appetite beyond just published books, the realm of fanfiction offers an intriguing world. As the name suggests, fanfiction comprises unpublished fiction pieces penned by fans. These fanfictions derive inspiration from established fandoms like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Supernatural, Marvel, and more. Besides fanfictions, the internet is also home to numerous self-published books, making platforms like Tumblr, Wattpad, and Archive Of Our Own, pivotal for such content.

    What exactly is Archive Of Our Own (AO3)?

    Archive Of Our Own, colloquially known as AO3, is a nonprofit initiative under the banner of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW). It’s an open-source hosting site where enthusiasts can upload a plethora of fanworks or fannish content such as fanfiction/fanfics, crossovers, fanart, fan videos, memes, and podfics. With a dynamic tagging system overseen by dedicated tag wranglers, users can effortlessly search for fanfiction based on works, bookmarks, tags, and collections.

    AO3 isn’t just restricted to a few fandoms. It houses a diverse range spanning from anime, manga, books, celebrities, music bands, graphic novels, to video games. The figures are staggering, with 9,997,000 works sorted into over 40,000 fandoms. Moreover, to cater to a global audience, AO3 offers content in multiple languages such as English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and more.

    Podfics, an innovation by AO3, are essentially audio recordings of fanfics, much like a podcast which is there the name comes from. They are enriched with sound effects and varying speech voices. However, one should note the limited audiobook and podfic support on AO3. It might pose some challenges if you intend to download and access specific text documents, especially on devices like Kindle, Android, iPad, or iPhone.

    Social media influence and other platforms

    AO3’s reach isn’t restricted to its official website, archiveofourown.org. The platform has seen mentions and discussions on various social media channels, including TikTok, where users often share their favorite fics or tropes. Moreover, Tumblr has been instrumental in introducing many users to AO3, the Archive of Our Own community, and fanfictions in general.

    Another notable platform in this domain is fanfiction.net. However, AO3 has carved its unique niche, especially with its extensive tag wrangling system, kudos feature, and dedicated wranglers, ensuring seamless user experience.

    Awards and recognition

    Archive Of Our Own’s contribution to science fiction and fanworks hasn’t gone unnoticed. It has been the proud recipient of the prestigious Hugo Award for the category “Best Related Work.” Such accolades resonate with the hard work and dedication put in by the nonprofit organization, OTW, and its various projects.

    Enhancing your AO3 experience with Speechify

    For those who love an auditory experience, Speechify can be a game-changer. As a text to speech app, it can adeptly convert text into an audio format, including fanfictions from AO3. Conveniently available on both Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iOS devices, it makes for an optimal companion for AO3 aficionados. If you’re accessing AO3 on your desktop, the Speechify Chrome extension can come in handy.

    Speechify is available in dozens of languages and comes with over 30 natural-sounding voices to choose from. You can also choose between different accents, such as British English, American English, or Australian English. It’s perfect for if you want your fanfics and other content to sound like the characters of your favorite series or how you imagine them to sound like.

    Try Speechify today, and hear your favorite fanfics come to life.


    How many audiobooks are available on AO3?

    Out of the 9,997,000 works, AO3 boasts a total of 272 audiobooks or podfics.

    What formats are available on AO3?

    Users can delve into a variety of formats, including txt, epub, docs, mobi, html, and audio.

    What other platforms are similar to AO3?

    Besides AO3, platforms like Tumblr, Wattpad, and fanfiction.net are quite popular among fanfic writers and readers.

    Have there been challenges for AO3?

    Like many major websites, AO3 has faced its share of challenges, including DDoS attacks. However, the organization’s dedication ensures AO3 accounts and the entire site remain a secure space for its community.

    Any other significant initiatives by OTW?

    OTW, being a noncommercial nonprofit organization, has various projects under its belt. “Open Doors” and “Fanlore,” a wiki-style platform for fandom, are two such initiatives.

    In conclusion, Archive Of Our Own stands as a testament to the power and creativity of fans around the globe. Whether you’re an author or a reader, the world of AO3 welcomes you with open arms.

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