News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

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Lots of links of interest. First up: Cory Doctorow says “Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!” This BoingBoing blog post says what many in the audiobook world have been thinking about the changing marketplace.

A FABULOUS three-part series on Teenreeds.com by Shara Zaval that provides an incredible, in-depth look at audiobook production: Real Talk Publishing: The People Behind the Books: May Wuthrich, Audiobook Producer and Director – Part 1Part 2, and Part 3, plus a sneak peek of a studio session.

Fans of radio drama will love the BBC’s “Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood Recording Revisited” by Vincent Dowd, an insider’s look at Richard Burton by the man who was the youngest of three studio managers during the recording session 60 years ago.

Rebecca Vnuk

Booklist’s Rebecca Vnuk offers “Weeding Tips: Audiobooks and Other Media,” perfect for school and public librarians uncertain about what guidelines to use when clearing those audio shelves. It’s not just all about format!

The Mill Valley (CA) Public Library hosted Booklist “Voice of Choice” narrator Simon Vance to kick off a new “Fireside Reading Live” program—a terrific model for Audiobooks Live @ Your Library. Find out more in this article from a San Francisco Chronicle article by John McMurtrie, “Hot new program at Mill Valley Public Library: Fireside Readings by Audiobook Narrators.”

AudiobookmobileThe Audiobookmobile has been on the prowl, visiting public libraries and events on the East Coast, with coverage like “Darien Library Hosts Visit By The Audiobookmobile In September” by Tom Renner. There’ll be an upcoming Audiobooker interview with more about this initiative by the Audio Publishers Association. Stay tuned!

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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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