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A roundup of audiobook links of interest…

Join AudioGO on September 28th for Librarian’s Day 2012! Are you close to Providence , Rhode Island? Take a road trip to AudioGo’s North Kingston studio for a tour 7 some treats. Author talks and Q&As with bestselling authors James R. Benn (Death’s Door) and Janet Taylor Lisle (The Lost Flower Children). Plus a special appearance by library advocate Senator Jack Reed. RSVP online by September 14th – or register via the RSVP link to win $500 worth of free audios even if you can’t attend!

Check out the new AudioGals website, created by ” three gals who love listening to audiobooks – especially romance.”

Romance fans should absolutely read the All About Romance blog, where there is always great audiobook content, such as this helpful post about audio producers that specialize in Romance: Speaking of Audiobooks: The Best In Romance Audio Publishing.

Curious about what’s new with Amazon/Audible’s Audio Creation Exchange and how this service might help asspiring narrators? Read this ACX blog guest post from Wayne Ferrell.

The always fascinating audio producer-directorPaul Ruben reflects on the unavoidable necessity for audio pros to lend their talents  recording terrible books in “When ‘Bad’ Books Happen to ‘Good’ Narrators.”

Don’t get caught by the computer-generated Eternal Classic Audiobooks (found on Amazon, iTunes, & CDbaby), as revealed in this post from The Digital Reader.

Tavia Gilbert, narrator & audio producer, has a spiffy new website with this post chronicling the lessons learned from mistakes made: Learn From My Mistakes, PLEASE!

Slate has its Audio Book Club – not about audiobooks, but audio podcasts that are book discussions and worth a listen. However, the website did investigate AT&T’s commercial in “An Audiobook Marathon: How Far Does Ryan Hall Travel While Listening to the Unabridged Odyssey?

The New York Times brought up the tired old question “Does ‘Reading’ an Audio Book Count?” in the Motherload parenting section recently. There are 93 comments on the topic, if you want to chime in.

Narrator Xe Sands has spearheaded the Going Public Project blog – an opportunity for narrators and any interested reader to share their voice. Here’s more about the project:

Going Public is a celebration of work in the public domain or shared via Creative Commons licensing, recorded purely for the joy of reading something that truly resonates with the narrator and then sharing that joy with others. Pieces are offered gratis on a weekly basis, without compensation of any sort either to the narrator or author.

The pieces you’ll find here are as varied as the people who have chosen to read them – and that might be a professional narrator reading a childhood favorite, humorous historical letter, or work from an emerging author…or it might be an avid listener chiming in with poetry that inspires them, or microfiction they felt compelled to record. The content changes with the whim of the reader – always something new to discover!

And just for laughs, check out this oddly prophetic old Audiobooker post from 2009, and watch the video on The Kindle 3!




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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