Celebrate June Is Audiobook Month with Celebrity Narrators

AudiobookerHow to celebrate June Is Audiobook Month #audiomonth? Show some love for the true celebrities behind the mic: professional narrators. The rapidly changing world of audiobook publishing has resulted in challenges as digital technology ramps up the recording timetable, while economic factors have resulted in ever-increasing tasks for the vocal talent.

juneisaudiobookmonthFortunately, the very best narrators remain committed to crafting the best literary experience for listeners to  benefit from the audiobook boom. Just-released data from the Association of American Publishers shows an increase of 26.68% in downloadable audio sales in 2015, plus sales of 3.88 million audiobooks through subscriptions—an increase of  26.8%. The sales of audiobook CDs may have dropped, but those of us in libraries know that there’s still a dedicated group of patrons who haven’t made the digital switch or who do not have access to download technology.

Just how much DO audiobook
narrators get paid?

Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

Amy Rubinate

Amy Rubinate

Find out the nitty-gritty dollars-and-cents reality behind these changes and how narrators are acing the test in The Audiobook Boom—Opportunities and Challenges, my Voices in My Head column from the current issue of Booklist. I spoke to two experienced narrators who provided insider information that will astound audiobook fans. Tavia Gilbert, who has voiced or produced more than 300 audiobooks, and Amy Rubinate, who recently launched her own audiobook publishing company, Ideal Audiobooks, were gracious enough to reveal the inner workings of audio production and their views about the importance of libraries in marketing. Take time to read the whole article, and you’ll be ready to answer the question, “Just how much DO audiobook narrators get paid?”



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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