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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Anne Lamott’s ‘Small Victories’

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers on modern-day spirituality (and on writing: Her ‘Bird by Bird’ offers some of the best advice I’ve ever read on the art and struggle of writing). Her new collection of essays, “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace,” does not disappoint, as she continues to search for grace in the struggles of daily life. Lamott, a recovering alcoholic who has long battled the legacy of her parents’ unhappy marriage, is unafraid to look small-minded, petty and mean. But she’s also unafraid to offer up her hurt feelings and her efforts at forgiveness. Take, for example, the journal that her father’s former girlfriend sends her years after his death. Lamott had been the “good daughter,” caring for him as he died of brain … Read entire article »

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Audio: A Rights Market Heats Up

News from Publishers Weekly: The rights marketplace has certainly seen 2015 begin with a bang and nowhere more so than through the glut of audiobook licensing deals being completed. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the audio book industry is currently worth somewhere in the region of $ 2.4bn to $ 2.6bn per year and growing. A recent New York Times article suggests that the first eight months of sales in 2014 saw an increase of 28%. IPR License, an online platform for acquiring subsidiary rights that I am the managing director of, saw consistent, and substantial, demand for audiobook rights throughout 2014.This worked to create even more conversations with a number of domestic and international audiobook publishers and distributors to open up additional channels for our members to transact even more business … Read entire article »

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Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook

News from Boing Boing: My multi-award-winning short story collection Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook, courtesy of Downpour.com And no, it’s not on Audible, because they refuse to carry my books unless I let them put DRM on them. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow’s collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology—and its various uses—run amok. “Anda’s Game” is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of “cyber sweatshops,” in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted … Read entire article »

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Palmer’s memoir ‘Art of Asking’ is latest audiobook at library

News from Killeen Daily Herald: Amanda Palmer is a pretty interesting person. Many are intrigued by her erratic, theater-girl ways and commitment to living bohemian at any costs. (She is known to sleep at strangers’ houses while on tour.) Others think she’s a poser — the ultimate scammer. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle, curious about what she does outside of her many songs that I’ve listened to while attending the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve been interested in her artistically, but never on following in her footsteps. Those who are like, “Monique, what and who is Amanda Palmer?” may have never been to a South by Southwest Festival week or are probably not among the indie-rock genre fans. But that’s OK. Either way, she can be a divisive figure. When I heard … Read entire article »

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Free Audiobook Downloads through Simsbury Public Library

News from Hartford Courant: From the community By Community Contributor jnagy00000 About this post If you are planning a trip, you have a long commute or if you are looking for entertainment on the treadmill or during your daily walk, try an audiobook downloaded for free through the Simsbury Public Library. In addition to audiobook selections from Overdrive and Hoopla Digital, OneClickdigital offers another platform for patrons. It includes the largest collection of digital audiobooks, including exclusive content from Recorded Books, as well as titles from all major publishers. Besides fiction and classics, OneCli……………. continues on Hartford Courant >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

News from Digital Book World: I was at a family function a few months ago when my uncle pulled me into the next room and handed me a pair of earbuds. “Listen to some of this.” Over the sonorous British narrator whose voice filled my ears with talk of fresh peas and someone named ‘Legrandin,’ I could hear my uncle shout, “Proust!” Audiobooks are growing quickly, with publishers and distributors seeing their uptake among ebook readers as well as fans of other audio media like podcasts. According to Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publishers Association, who spoke on a panel at Digital Book World 2015 in New York City today, the past few years have seen an exponential uptick both in audiobook sales and in the volume of titles released into the market……………. … Read entire article »

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Exclusive Titles Are Helping the Audiobook Business Boom

News from Wired: Getty Images The audiobook has been undergoing a serious makeover. What used to be an inconvenient niche industry for the gung-ho (a six-CD jewel-case monstrosity, or worse, a giant box of cassettes!) has performed death-defying backflips around its wilting print counterparts in recent years. And it’s only getting better: according to a survey conducted by the Audio Publishers Association last year, an already energetic market more than doubled its publication rate from……………. continues on Wired >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Hartford Business: A private-equity-backed company has acquired Old Saybrook audiobook publisher Tantor Media, the two announced. The buyer is Maryland’s Recorded Books, which bills itself as the largest independent audiobook publisher in the country. The deal grows Recorded Books’ catalog of book titles to more … Read entire article »

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Audiobook memoirs come to life in author’s voice

News from STLtoday.com: Reading a memoir is pleasant, entertaining, enlightening or all three. But reading is nothing like hearing a memoir in the voice of its author, and some recent memoirs really come to life on audio. ‘No Land’s Man’ by Aasif Mandvi Read by the author Audible; 4 hours 23 minutes Mandvi, probably best known as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” brings us into his world, and what an unlikely world it is. He tells of growing up in England, immigrating to Florida with his Indian family (his father was obsessed with brunch, he claims) and trying to break into acting. Boarding school stories are painful; the chapter about working with the late Ismail Merchant (of such Merchant-Ivory costume dramas as “A Room With a View”) is screamingly funny. But Mandvi also tells the … Read entire article »

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From CBs to CDs: Audio books keep truckers, commuters company

News from nwitimes.com: Gas station, corn field, passing semi. Gas station, corn field, passing semi. Gas station, field with grazing cows, passing semi. The scenery along America’s highways and byways, especially in the country’s bread basket, can get repetitive. Add some assassinations and legal thrills to the background, and the trip gets a little more interesting. People who drive for a living or endure long commutes often turn to audio books for an escape. St. John resident Bob Huisman, who drives a chemical tanker truck, recently tuned in to audio versions of the written word to pass time as he covers the miles. He listens when he gets tired of the radio and when he’s not listening to praise and worship music, which he does as a church music director. “When I drive, at the most, … Read entire article »

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Montrose sports announcer is voice of new children’s audio book

News from MLive.com: MONTROSE, MI – Mike Pyrc has one of those voices. It can be heard at football and basketball games at Montrose High School, co-workers hear his voice on internal videos at work and now he is the voice of multiple characters for a new audio book, Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside. “I had been doing some voice-over work at my job and somebody suggested that I look into audio books,” Pyrc said. “I started (searching) Google and I came across a site called ACX.” Pyrc works for The Dow Chemical Co., where he does voice-overs and edits internal company videos. He has also worked in radio and has announced junior varsity and varsity sports at Montrose High School for the past five years. Pyrc said after following suggestions, he submitted a profile on … Read entire article »

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