Audiobooks as a physical format: dead or alive? BookScan reports a 19% drop in the purchase of audiobooks in 2009. A recent Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot showed that physical sales of audiobooks took a hard hit, while print format sales had only a mild drop in the poor economic climate. Was this a true decline in audiobook listening or simply a reflection of the shift from purchasing audiobooks as CDs, MP3 disc, Playaways, or cassettes (yes, they do still exist)? I’m curious about the shift from physical to digital for audiobook listeners. Take a moment to answer the survey below – look for the answers at the end of next week!