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Can We Live With the Unsolved Mysteries in Ali Smith’s Twisty, Elusive Novel?

News from Slate Magazine: To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of How To Be Both, click the arrow on the player below. This month, Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman dig into Ali Smith’s complex, baffling, and bewitching novel, How to Be Both. Are the twinned narratives—about a prickly teenager and a Renaissance painter—effective or gimmicky? Should we be consoled or creeped out by the idea of a voyeurism-powered universe? And is it more satisfying when books resolve their mysteries, or leave them hanging? Next month the Audio Book Club will try to tame Helen Macdonald’s genre-defying H [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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Aidan Gillen to teach The Art Of War in new audiobook

News from A.V. Club DC: Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones (Source: HBO) Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones (Source: HBO) Mar 31, 2015 11:15 AM Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War is perhaps the most widely read and revered text on military strategy in existence. And now the ancient manuscript has made its way into a new audiobook, narrated by the velvety Irish voice of actor Aidan Gillen. Gillen is known for playing schemers and social climbers, including Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Tommy Carcetti on The Wire, both characters that [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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‘Audio Books’ App Updated With CarPlay Support and Refreshed Interface

News from Mac Rumors: The iOS app for Audiobooks.com today received an update to overhaul the browsing experience, dedicated audio player, and even allow full integration with CarPlay “and select in-car infotainment systems”, to allow its users to listen to audiobooks while driving.The company didn’t release much information on the update outside of the release notes, so there isn’t any word yet on how easy and fluid the experience is when pairing with CarPlay. It does, however, appear to be the first dedicated audiobook app to announce compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay system.Elsewhere in the update, Audiobooks.com introduced a more “minimalist [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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DIY: How to Self-Publish an Audiobook

News from Publishers Weekly: Audiobooks can open up new markets and revenue streams for self-published authors — but, as with all things indie, you have to put in plenty of time, effort, and money. “We’re not just standing there reading a book into a mic,” says Jeffrey Kafer, a professional voiceover artist who has recorded audiobooks for the likes of Clive Barker and Maya Banks. “So much else goes into it.” Indie authors looking to create audiobooks have several options, some more labor intensive and pricier than others. The ACX Option If you’re looking for turnkey, Audiobook Creation Exchange is certainly one of the [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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How to Get the Audiobook Industry’s Ear

News from Back Stage:By Briana Rodriguez | Posted March 19, 2015, 11 a.m. Photo Source: Penguin Random House Audio Are you a voiceover actor who thinks you’re perfectly poised to launch a career in audiobook recording? You might be wrong. “Not many people understand how rigorous it is to narrate an audiobook,” says Audio Publishers Association President Michele Cobb. “Oftentimes with people who come from a voiceover background, they’ll think that’s good preparation for it, and it’s not necessarily the case. Narrating an audiobook requires you to be doing hours and hours of reading of a title, as well as doing an [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M

News from TechCrunch:Rakuten is beefing up its digital content chops after it announced the acquisition of ebook and audiobook marketplace OverDrive for $ 410 million. The Japanese e-commerce giant got into the e-reader game when it picked up hardware maker Kobo for $ 315 million in 2011. It stands to reason then that U.S.-based OverDrive, which was founded way back in 1986 and offers over 2.5 million titles from more than 5,000 publishers today, will be put to work providing greater choice and reading material for Kobo owners. “OverDrive’s deep content library and relati……………. continues on TechCrunch >>> Read [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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Interviews: Audiobook narrators Amanda Ronconi and Percy O’Hara

News from USA TODAY: The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper.(Photo: Pocket Books) 197 CONNECT continues on USA TODAY >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Minnesota Public Radio News: ‘The Art Thief’ by Noah Charney Courtesy of Blackstone Audio Inc. Noah Charney’s debut novel kicks off with three thefts in three European cities. Priceless works of art disappear in London, Paris and Rome, leaving investigators with nary a clue. As the investigation unfolds, the seemingly-unconnected crimes may be part of a greater conspiracy. Art history buffs and anyone who loves a good [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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Most Popular Audiobook Service: Audible

News from LifeHacker India: Finding time to listen to audiobooks is easy-almost as easy as it is to find great audiobooks to listen to. Last week we asked for your favorites, then looked at the five best audiobook services and put them to a vote. Now it’s time to highlight your favorite. Unsurprisingly, the juggernaut in the category took the crown. Audible, an Amazon company, took the top spot by a wide margin with over 70% of the votes cast. No surprise there-many of you noted that you didn’t even know there were other robust audiobook services-although several of you said [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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This finger-mounted camera turns any book into an audiobook

News from imaging resource: by Gannon Burgett posted Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM EDT Camera technology goes far beyond taking beautiful images. One such example is FingerReader, a finger-mounted device developed by researchers at MIT’s Media Lab that enables the blind to read without the need for Braille. Currently a prototype, the device relies on a small camera, dedicated sensors, character recognition software and complicated algorithms to read allowed words that are printed on a page or displayed on a digital reading device, such as a Kindle. In speaking to >>> Read the full article Related News: [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

News from NPR: i Alexandru Petrea/iStockphoto.com Alexandru Petrea/iStockphoto.com In recent years while e-books were plowing their way through the publishing industry like a big noisy steam engine, audiobooks were chugging along in the background like the Little Engine That Could. These days, that sometimes overlooked segment of the book business is growing at a rapid pace and the industry is looking for new ways to catch listeners’ ears. Robin Whitten, editor and founder of Audiofile magazine began writing about audiobooks in 1992. Back then, few people had ever heard of them. Now they’re a $ 1 billion industry with more than 35,000 titles [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

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