Get Caught Listening – win big cash!

Need an audiobook promotion for your library? Why not piggyback with the Audio Publishers Association’s Get Caught Listening contest. You can grab the entry forms here: http://audiopub.org/getcaughtlisteningcontest.asp

Participants create a fun & engaging three-minute-or-less video promoting audiobooks to try for a batch of great prizes, from Audible.com subscriptions to a $5000 grand prize, with $1,000 & $2,000 prizes as well –  that’s some serious cash! Maybe enough to entice your whole A/V department to go a little nuts in front of the camera promoting  the library’s audiobooks? That cash could be turned into new titles for the collection! Or how about suggesting the contest to patrons – perhaps the chance to become a big winner will prompt some brand-new listeners to take the download plunge. I’m a little bummed out that you must be over 18 to enter, so that excludes my middle school student audiobook fans from entering. But the entry form DOES allow minors in the video if there is a parent consent form. So your Teen Advisory group can be part of the show – as long as the adult librarian submits the entry. Get your entries in by May 15th. Good luck 🙂

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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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