News you can use: Audiobook Round-up

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Here’s a mega-roundup of all things audiobook online and in the news – sixteen sweet links to explore!

I love when a narrator is given the local rock star treatment by the local press. Check out this article highlighting the career of Karen White. Lady of 1,000 voices: Audiobook narrator brings famous authors’ works to life, by Ben Steelman from the Wilmington, NC Star News Online: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140713/ARTICLES/140719945/0/ENT?tc=ar

Book Riot continues to shine a light on audiobooks, with this short piece Confessions of a Newbie Audiobook Listener, by Swapna Krishna – great to keep in mind while doing audiobook advisory: http://bookriot.com/2014/07/14/confessions-newbie-audiobook-listener/

For those gearing up for Back to School – check out Sharon Grover & Liz Hannegan’s continuing School Library Journal audiobook column “Listen In,”  this month focusing on Audiobooks: Ideal for Transmedia Explorations of Narratives: http://www.slj.com/2014/06/collection-development/listen-in/audiobooks-ideal-for-transmedia-explorations-of-narratives-listen-in/

Here’s another local news feature on audiobooks. The Burlington Free Press shares Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands author Chris Bohjalian’s love for all thing audiobooks in Idyll Banter: We never outgrow being read to: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/columnists/chris-bohjalian/2014/04/13/idyll-banter-we-never-outgrow-being-read-to/7649279/

OverDrive Media’s blog has a great Prezi how-to perfect for libraries or audio fans looking to expand typical book club programing in Create a Digital Book Club: http://prezi.com/6yizr5vkaok4/create-a-digital-book-club/

Here’s another terrific book club idea from LibraryCity & David Rothman – Cell Phone Book Clubs: A New Way for Libraries to Promote Literacy, Technology, Family, and Community: http://librarycity.org/?p=10688

And I found this quick link where the Moorhead Library in Fargo ND created a Audiobook Listeners MeetUp group to promote their audiobook club – great idea! http://www.meetup.com/F-M-Audiobook-Listeners-Book-Club/events/190070522/

Even Forbes magazing is getting in on the audiobook boom with Deborah L. Jacob’s Listening To Audiobooks While You Do Something Else Is The Ultimate In Multitasking: http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2014/06/25/summer-reading-listening-to-audiobooks-while-you-do-something-else-is-the-ultimate-in-multitasking/

I love to see audiobook review columns in major newspapers! Here’s Gail Pennington in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighting five new titles (all in my current listening stack!) – Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Landline’ makes a connection on audio: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/rainbow-rowell-s-landline-makes-a-connection-on-audio/article_1da09588-45b6-5295-8e8b-0e3f3543c4e3.html

Findaway’s Tattle blog by Erin Cosyn also has a Landline theme with Author and Narrator Dual Interview: Rainbow Rowell & Rebecca Lowman (perfect timing, as that’s what’s in my headphones right now): http://tattle.findawayworld.com/author-interview/author-and-narrator-dual-interview-rainbow-rowell-rebecca-lowman/

And then there’s The Washington Post with four audiobooks in the Book Review section – A buffet of darker themes, skillfully served as audiobooks by Katherine A. Powers: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/a-buffet-of-darker-themes-skillfully-served-as-audiobooks/2014/06/26/28163576-d79f-11e3-95d3-3bcd77cd4e11_story.html

USA Today focuses on an interesting story – Joshilyn Jackson, author of Someone Else’s Love Story, narrates the audiobook of How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer in Joshilyn Jackson on narrating a good friend’s audiobook  by Joyce Lamb: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/07/01/joshilyn-jackson-lydia-netzer-audiobook-narration/11780661/

Business Insider takes a look at the nuts & bolts of the audiobook business by featuring narrator Renee Raudman in Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs by Jacquelyn Smith: http://www.businessinsider.com/famous-narrator-worlds-coolest-job-2014-6

You’ll find a ton of new audiobook titles for your listen list in Elizabeth Blumele’s PW column Lend Us Your Ears: What Shall We Listen to Next? as well as the suggestions in the comment section: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/?p=13490&utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=3e7ac0b40b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-3e7ac0b40b-304477373

Publishers Weekly also has this article on the art & craft of audiobook narration, focusing on the Deyan Institute, Joe Ryan’s Finding Your Voice: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/audio-books/article/62772-finding-your-voice.htm

Curious about the Audies Award process? The Audio Publishers Association outlines the criteria & judging of the completion in the Wondering how Audie winners are chosen? blog post: http://audiopubblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/wondering-how-audie-winners-are-chosen/?utm_content=buffer1abc3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Guess this proves that audiobooks are always a hot topic – not just during the June is Audiobook Month promotion! But if you are thirsting for more audio news, just search for the #audiomonth hashtag on Twitter for the tsunami of audio awesomeness from last month 😉

 

 

 

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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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  1. leighryan33@gmail.com' Leigh Ryan says:

    What an excellent supply of audiobook articles! I’m so happy I came upon your blog. I’m a new audiobook narrator myself (check out P.B. Ryan’s Still Life with Murder if you’re feeling up for a mystery…) and I’m constantly looking to keep up to date in the audiobook world. I love finding readers I can really get behind, and then spending a day letting a story unfold. Always exciting seeing how many others are also passionate about audiobooks.

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