Audiobook Webinar Roundup

AudiobookerWhether you’re a librarian looking for professional development, an educator interested in audio’s impact on literacy, a newbie listener in search of narrator superstars, or an audio superfan fascinated by insider info, you’ll find something in this roundup of audiobook webinars.


Now Hear This

Register now for Booklist’s April 18 webinar, “Now Hear This: #LoveAudiobooks,” featuring star narrators Kirby Heyborne and Jayne Entwistle. If you can’t listen live, we’ll email you a link to the archived presentation. The program will feature a behind-the-scenes look at how books come to life, including what discoveries happen in the studio—and hear a taste of Kirby and Jayne’s favorite voices! Register for what will be an informative and fun webinar, where librarians and educators will also get a preview of must-hear adult, kids, and teen titles hitting shelves this summer and fall. Plus, ten lucky live-webinar attendees will win a tote bag full of audiobooks!

Be sure to check out Booklist’s entire list of archived webinars. Archived webinars certainly are a great way to learn more about audiobooks at your convenience. Here are some of my favorites from other places:


NoveList’s webcast “Did You Hear That? It’s the Exploding World of Audiobooks and Listeners’ Advisory” features a panel of listeners’ advisory librarians and audiobook industry experts, who demystify trends and issues while offering resources and strategies for creating an engaging and responsive audiobook collection for your library.


 is an amazing free summer audiobook program that gives away two paired audiobook downloads a week—ideal to promote on your library or school’s social media. OverDrive and SYNC have a great 45-minute presentation with tips on publicizing the program, along with information on why listening helps enhance student literacy. You can find this year’s how-to session, along with other great OverDrive webinars, here.



The Audio Publishers Association just announced the winner of the 2017 Audiobook Blogger of the Year contest, Felicia Sparks, who runs The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog. If you’d like to polish your audiobook blogging skills, watch the APA’s archived webinar, “Blogging About Audiobooks,” aimed at those who review audiobooks but don’t know how to get started blogging. Not sure what should be included in an audiobook review? Need inspiration or feel like your review writing is in a rut? Want to be part of the audiobook blogger community? Grab the PDF version.

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Sound Learning is an initiative of the Audio Publishers Association with tons of free resources for educators, librarians, and parents. Learn more in this archived webinar with APA President Michele Cobb, me, and audiobook education advocate Sharon Grover as we discuss the benefits of using audiobooks to promote literacy in schools and libraries.

And last but not least, Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange offers tools for do-it-yourself narrators. Explore their library of webinars beginning with “How to Act Like an Audiobook Narrator,” or explore behind-the-scenes technical magic in “Audiobook Production Basics Explained.”Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next audiobook superstar featured in a Booklist webinar!

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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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