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Survey time!

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!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

5 Comments on "Survey time!"

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  1.' Danielle says:

    May be people would buy audiobooks if they were not so expensive.

  2.' Donna says:

    I was happy to find this blog. Although I’d never seen the phrase, Physical/Digital Divide, I’ve been aware that it’s out there. I still love to hold a book in my hand, but it’s kind of hard to do when I’m knitting.

  3. mmarlin@speakeasy.hnet' Mike Marlin says:

    Audio books on CD are cumbersome and fraught with difficulty for vision impaired clientele since they cannot be restarted in the same place when CD player is shut off. Also, there’s no point in multiple discs when you can put one or more books on a flash drive, digital cartridge, or as a virtual file.

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