Amazon’s Audiobook Boom

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Book publishing has reached a point of what could be called stable insecurity. The steep fluctuations of the post-Kindle years, in which rapid e-book growth seemed poised to upend the industry, have settled—for traditional publishers, at least, e-book sales have sharply declined over the past few years. Print books, thanks in part to pricing strategies that disincentivize e-book purchasing, have […]

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Audio Books: A Hit And A Miss With Two Looks At Hollywood’s Elite

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One is a well-researched biography of Robin Williams; the other an account of Harold Ramis by his daughter Violet. Two biographies of the Hollywood elite come from very different points of view, with widely contrasting results. But each is tinged with sadness. “Robin,” by Dave Itzkoff, read by Fred Berman. Unabridged, 16 hours. Macmillan Audio, $49.99. Robin Williams may be […]

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Global Audiobook Industry Report For The First Half Of 2018

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The audiobook industry is experiencing a boom period in the sheer amount of people listening to the format and the entire audio industry is doing solid business.  Publishers, narrators, sound engineers, retailers and authors are experiencing a huge financial windfall. Audiobook sales generated $2.8 billion dollars in the United States in 2017 and this is an increase of up 22.7% over […]

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Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change

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Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change The much heralded ‘death of the book’ has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It is about a radical transformation in reading practices. Marcella Cheng/NY-CC-BD, CC BY-NC-ND Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation In the age of the globalisation of everything – and the privatisation of everything else – […]

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Seven things to listen out for in 2018 as audio undergoes a revolution

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Seven things to listen out for in 2018 as audio undergoes a revolution shutterstock. Richard Brooks, Coventry University It was a remarkable year for innovation in audio story telling. Listeners in 2017 had the chance to experience new ways of listening to stories told through artificial intelligence, gaming, augmented reality and personalised soundtrails. The shift of radio plays to smartphones […]

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Prepare for a new golden age of audio drama as big names flock to podcasting

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Prepare for a new golden age of audio drama as big names flock to podcasting Richard Brooks, Coventry University News that Amazon’s audiobook arm, Audible, is investing US$5m (£3.8m) to seek out writing talent for forthcoming new releases, is further evidence of a major revival in the medium. The story in 2016 was the way podcasting had led to an […]

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