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Audiobook news for the new year, from Pinterest to the vision impaired to the Dog Whisperer. Happy Listening to all in 2013!

“Reading the Fine Print” by Oliver Sacks in the New York Times is food for thought about the difference between listening to an audiobook and reading a physical book with large print text.

If you are interested in the use of audio with the vision impaired, check out this article from The Daily Beast about Munawar Bijani, who created Three-D Velocity, the first combat flight simulator video game for the blind.

Author Pamela Clare interviews the narrator of her I-Team series, Kaleo Griffith for USA Today:

Great use of Pinterest  by narrator Oliver Wyman. Does any other narrator have a similar Pinterest page, I wonder?

Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) has a batch of video lessons & resources, targeted towards home-studio based narrators interested in how this division of Amazon serves as a book/narrator marketplace service.  I HIGHLY recommend listening to the “Elements of Successful Narration” video as a primer for fans and librarians who want to become savvier about audio evaluation.

Want more on ACX? Read about the audiobook self-publishing venture of Wool, the highly successful eBook by self-author/publisher Hugh Howey.

Brilliance Audio moves into print & eBook market. Amazon’s audio division branches out to physical & digital print, as Tantor Audio did earlier this year. It was just a year ago that Brilliance suspending the sale of audiobooks for library lending via OverDrive and other vendors.

Did you miss Publishers Weekly’s Audiobook Market webcast? You can listen to the archived webinar here, and learn about the shifting sands of audiobook formats and purchasing options.

Acoustik is the new kid on the audiobook block, with an app-based download service created by Baker & Taylor and Findaway World, manufacture of Playaway.

The New Hampshire News’ interview with Robin Whitten of AudioFile features a list of the best books read by celebrities in 2012.

Another great interview by narrator & Blackstone Audio’s studio director Grover Gardner, who speaks with the Dog Whisperer about his new book, Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog:




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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