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A cautionary tale

For those of you who fear the end of physical formats… HarperCollins has discontinued its e-audio & e-book store. Those who purchased titles have just 30 days to realize that materials that they have paid for but were stored on the company’s servers must be downloaded and archived. Harper Audio was one of the first vendors that I noticed having download-only titles. I was especially disappointed that I couldn’t buy a physical CD copy of Harper Audio’s Playing with Fire – the sequel to the fantastic Odyssey Honor title Skulduggery Pleasant – as soon as it came out (it was released later on Playaway). Now it looks like HarperCollins  is handing off the sales of its digital content to the online mega-marketers. Fewer vendors = more control by the mega-marketers. Cue the Big Brother theme music – and get Skulduggery Pleasant on the case 😉

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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.

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