Tag: Audiobooks

New Survey Says Libraries Are Feeling the Audiobook Love

New Survey Says Libraries Are Feeling the Audiobook Love

In 2016, audiobook sales grew by double-digits—a 33.9% increase, to be exact. Now, more than 67 million Americans listen to audiobooks each year. These numbers, derived from a just-released study sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, show that the audiobook boom just keeps on booming—great news to use as you promote June is Audiobook Month. Libraries are feeling the love: 27% of listeners […]

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2017 Audie Awards Winners

2017 Audie Awards Winners

The winners of the 2017 Audie Awards have arrived! On Thursday, June 1—just in time for June is Audiobook Month—the Audio Publishers Association doled out the Oscars of audiobooks at the Alliance Française in New York City, in a ceremony hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone. (You can watch a video of the event on Facebook.) […]

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Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

It is Poetry Month, and I have to confess that I’ve never really learned to appreciate poetry—at least not when I read it silently. Poetry, however, offers a new world of pleasures and opens up my imagination to an auditory play of cadence and words. In high school, I discovered stories in verse and plowed my way through Tennyson’s […]

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A Trove of Resources to Help You Get an Audiobook Grant

A Trove of Resources to Help You Get an Audiobook Grant

Do you need to supplement shrinking funds? Are you exploring grants to help integrate audiobooks into your school or library collection? Add the links below to your arsenal of facts and stats to impress evaluators with your audiobook savvy. Tales2Go has plenty of helpful resources, from a great overview of format and service provider options […]

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2017 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Finalists

2017 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Finalists

As co-chair of the Audie Awards, I am thrilled to announce the finalists for Audiobook of the Year and for Excellence in Design, Excellence in Marketing, and Excellence in Production, the premier levels of industry honors bestowed by the Audio Publishers Association. You can check out the full roster of the other Audie Award nominees here. […]

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Women Reading Women: Audiobooks that Celebrate Female Achievement

Women Reading Women: Audiobooks that Celebrate Female Achievement

Highlighting women from Supreme Court Justices to explorers to queens and more, books that celebrate women and their accomplishments abound, and many are also available on audio. Discover their stories while you commute, walk, shop, cook, or simply relax. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore, read by Robin Miles […]

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A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook
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A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook

Lin Manuel-Miranda was so close. Had Moana only won an Oscar for Best Original Song, he might have completed an EGOT, the acronym earned by those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Too bad he couldn’t score an Oscar for his mad audiobook skills – just check out his Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of […]

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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator
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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

At one million words and 61 hours, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem tops the list of longest audiobooks—but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to it. Narrator Simon Vance’s informed reading makes Moore’s hallucinogenic style and provocative ideas intelligible. But not every narrator has the skill and energy required to make a lengthy book exceptional listening. These narrators do. […]

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The Top 109 Audiobook Titles of 2016
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The Top 109 Audiobook Titles of 2016

The American Library Association recognized the top audiobook titles for kids, teens, and adults at the 2017 Midwinter meeting in Atlanta. The following are must-haves for library collections and sure-fire suggestions for fans, newbies, and everyone in-between. The Association for Library Service to Children’s list of 27 audiobooks and musical recordings consists of quality titles aimed at […]

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Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Mary Burkey, who writes the Booklist column Voices in My Head and our very own Audiobooker column, has won the Louis Shores Award.  Her win, announced Sunday at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards, recognizes “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.” Per the announcement: The audiobook […]

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