Audiobooks on NPR

The 2011 Audies Awards featured on Talk of the Nation today, with Arnie Cardillo (Live Oak Media), narrator George Guidall, and Janet Benson, president Audio Publishers Association, the guests. Cardillo spoke about about his production Here in Harlem, by Walter Dean Myers, the winner of this year’s Distinguished Achievement in Production award, and mentioned ALA’s Odyssey Award. Guidall shared his opinions on the value of listening and how he became a narrator. Benson spoke about current challenges facing publishers with the transition to digital, and mentioned synced text & audio – the toggle effect I am SO waiting for!!

And here’s a conundrum – NPR uses the term “audio book.” The Audio Publishers Association has championed the adoption of the single-word name audiobook. And just recently I picked up a flyer in a local public library where both terms were used! Of course, there are plenty out there that still call CDs & digital downloads “books on tape.” 🙂

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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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