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Is It True that Even When Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Books Are Boring, They’re …

News from Slate Magazine: This month, Dan Kois, David Haglund, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss My Struggle: Book One, the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-book autobiographical epic. Can the endless accretion of detail a masterpiece make? Would people respond differently to this domestic drama if a woman wrote it? And why is this book the toast of the literary world? Listen along! We referred to a lot of stories about Karl Ove Knausgaard in this one. Here are some links! Next month the Audio Book Club will debate Roz Chast’s comics memoir of her parents’ slow decline, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Read the book and join us for our discussion on Aug. 8. Visit our  >>> Read the full article Related News: News from The Providence Journal: Two writers’ … Read entire article »

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THE FOURTH OF JULY Now Available as an Audio Book

News from Broadway World: The Fourth of July, a hilarious novella written by Kevin Dowd and published in paperback by Roundabout Press, is now available as an audio book — just in time for the long holiday weekend. Multiple formats can be downloaded from the author’s website,, at no cost. A Kindle version is also available. Read by an ensemble cast, The Fourth of July is the laugh-out-loud story of a summer vacation gone very wrong. It’s the perfect “beach read” for anyone planning a vacation this summer or just dreaming of one. It’s summer 1974 on an island off the coast of Connecticut, and all Jack Smith wants is a vacation like he enjoyed in his youth: swimming, sailing and sunshine. But Jack finds his summer plans quickly spiraling out of … Read entire article »

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Audiobook industry sees 17 percent annual growth

News from Gant Daily: Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Audiobook sales are predicted to grow 17 percent annually until 2018 from 12 percent a year from 2008 to 2013 with the product’s cheap price and the proliferation of smartphones as the growth drivers. Research firm IBISWorld made the forecast in its recent report covering the industry and said the future of the industry remains upbeat. Audiobook publishers sold $ 1.6 billion audiobooks during the period 2008 to 2013, according to the report. IBISWorld analyst Agata Kaczanowska said the market was able to grow despite the recession because of the cheap price of audiobooks. Ironically, audiobook production is not cheap since it is labor-intensive. For every dollar spent on labor costs, publishers spend just four cents on … Read entire article »

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Author turns to Kickstarter for audio book campaign

News from Post-Bulletin: Rochester author Mike Kalmbach doesn’t usually have a problem kick starting his writing habit. He has published three books and has a few others in various stages of development. But when it comes to an audio book version of his novel, “The Caldarian Conflict,” Kalmach has turned to Kickstarter, the online fundraising tool, to finance the project. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entire……………. continues on Post-Bulletin >>> Read the full article Related News: News from USA TODAY: “How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky” by Lydia Netzer.(Photo: St. Martin’s Press) How’s this for coincidence: Joshilyn Jackson, author of Someone Else’s Love Story, narrates the audiobook of How to Tell Toledo from … Read entire article »

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