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Audio Books 2014: The Year Ahead

News from Publishers Weekly: The audiobook industry sails into 2014 on a high note. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey of member publishers in late November, and the findings show a segment of publishing in the midst of a huge growth spurt. Both net revenue and units sold increased by double digits in 2012. And the number of titles produced grew from 7,237 in 2011 to 13,255 titles in 2012—nearly doubling. We talked to several audio publishers about the trends and challenges they see in the near future. Trend: More, More, More Overwhelmingly, the publishers we spoke with believe the industry’s explosive increase in title output last year was no fluke. “We’re going to continue to see more and more titles being published,” says Chris Lynch, … Read entire article »

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Audio Books 2014: The Year Ahead

News from Publishers Weekly: The audiobook industry sails into 2014 on a high note. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey of member publishers in late November, and the findings show a segment of publishing in the midst of a huge growth spurt. Both net revenue and units sold increased by double digits in 2012. And the number of titles produced grew from 7,237 in 2011 to 13,255 titles in 2012—nearly doubling. We talked to several audio publishers about the trends and challenges they see in the near future. Trend: More, More, More Overwhelmingly, the publishers we spoke with believe the industry’s explosive increase in title output last year was no fluke. “We’re going to continue to see more and more titles being published,” says Chris Lynch, … Read entire article »

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Audible.com’s Audiobook Exchange Grows 10x in Second Year

News from mediabistro.com: << PREVIOUS Playable City Installation Brings Talking Street Furniture to Bristol, England NEXT >> Boyfriend Trainer App Encourages Domestic Violence Mediabistro Event Join us in our brand new Copy Editing 101 online event and workshop beginning March 6. O……………. continues on mediabistro.com >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Uniontown Herald Standard: When you look back over your life, there’s a musical score behind it. You cut your teeth on “A-B-C” and “Rockin’ Robin.” You hummed “I’ll Be There” in the ear of your first date. Later, you thrilled to “Thriller” and “Beat It” and you swore, with one white-gloved hand, that Billie Jean’s son was not yours. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have … Read entire article »

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E-Book Use Up 77 Percent This Year In Tennessee

News from NewsChannel5.com: FILE Photo NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Downloads in the state’s Regional E-book and Audio Download System (READS) increased 77 percent in the past year. The free program offers thousands of digital e-books and audio books to patrons of public libraries belonging to the Tennessee Regional Library System. Digital titles can be downloaded to a personal computer or a variety of portable devices. Books downloaded across the state in the past year was almost 702,000 — up 77 percent from a year ago. The program began in 2005, primarily with audio books. As e-readers and smartphones became cheaper and easier to use, the popularity of e-books grew rapidly. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) ……………. continues on NewsChannel5.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Audio Publishers Association Announces Audiobook of the Year Finalists

News from Library Journal: The Audio Publishers Association (APA) April 17 announced its finalists for the Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production awards. The Audiobook of the Year finalists are: American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones and a full cast (HarperAudio) Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio) Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible) Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Dylan Baker with an introduction by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)  The Distinguished Achievement in Production Award “is bestowed upon the audiobook that best represents exceptional quality in production through direction, performance, and appropriateness to the audiobook format,” APA said. This year’s finalists represent a broad  … Read entire article »

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Audiobook: The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, By Sue Townsend (read by …

News from The Independent: When Eva and Brian’s precocious twins, Brian Junior and Brianna, depart for university, their mother starts clearing up. She finds a dirty soup spoon casually left on the arm of a chair she had spent two years embroidering. She flips, throws the remains of the tomato soup all over the chair and takes to her bed. And there she stays. Before long, that chair and her bed are all that remain in her empty white room. Brian is outraged to be cast domestically adrift, although, as Eva soon discovers, he has been conducting a lengthy affair with a sturdy fellow astronomer named Titania Noble-Forester. (Brian is, however, no Lothario. “In the football league of lovers,” muses Titania, “he is Accrington Stanley.” When he takes two Viagra, she thinks … Read entire article »

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Review of the Year: Brilliant books of 2011

News from Telegraph.co.uk: This is the subject of Julian Barnes’s Man Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending. In Tony Webster we have a narrator who advertises his unreliability – as you get older, he observes repeatedly, there are fewer people to corroborate your version of the past – but he’s even more unreliable than he thinks he is. After all, his life has been significantly characterised by avoidance. “I had wanted life not to bother me too much, and had succeeded,” he says. His articulate blindness is what gives the book its mastery and sting. My admiration for The Sense of an Ending is unreserved. Some of those who have liked the book less have complained that the character is “just Barnes”. Even if this were true I don’t think it would … Read entire article »

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