The audiobook industry continues to grow in near-equal measure in both the library and retail sectors, with the Audio Publishers Association (APA) ballparking sales at an all-time high of $1.2 billion. Libraries are in a real position to take advantage of the trend. Yet with diminished AV budgets, limited title and format availability, and a constant influx of competing downloadable and streaming offerings from the consumer realm, the prospect can be daunting. For libraries wanting to reap the benefits of increased awareness and discovery of their audio holdings, LJ spotlights some best practices in audiobook promotion, discusses some of the challenges inherent to the medium, and proposes new ways of thinking about audio that might even make it a catalyst for moving print.
Among the topics of discussion at LJ‘s latest Design Institute (DI), a daylong seminar on building and design hosted at the Hughes Main Library of the Greenville County Library System (GCLS) in early November, were the challenges of urban vs. rural development and of responding to changing user needs. The event was the eighth in […]
A collaborative approach to sustainable building at LJ’s sixth Design Institute, in Dallas On December 11, 2009, the same weekend that the UN Climate Change Conference was taking place in Copenhagen, approximately 90 librarians, library board members, architects, and vendors from 12 states convened for their own ecominded summit at the Dallas Public Library’s (DPL) […]
Welcome, media-hungry librarians and library students, to Library Journal‘s inaugural Media section, whose evolution was informed by your own suggestions, direction, and requests. Detailed mention in our audio reviews not just of library-edition CDs but also of retail editions and digital downloadables? Check. A greater number of AV reviews as well as added coverage of […]
Readers already owning the hardcover edition of Alan Greenspan‘s The Age of Turbulence and wanting to read the epilog written exclusively for the paperback edition can purchase it as a standalone as part of Penguin’s “eSpecials” program. Penguin eSpecials will have their own logo and, like all other Penguin ebooks, be available in formats including […]
The Digital Bookmobile from digital media distributor OverDrive began its national tour August 10 at an event in New York City’s Central Park, hosted by the New York Public Library (NYPL). About 300 people stopped by the bookmobile throughout the day to explore NYPL’s digital download catalog and sample available titles; by 1:30 p.m., 50 […]
Next month, audiobook devices can be sent back for reload Revamped web site to offer more tools, options Is Playaway lifespan 1000 plays? Not all audiobooks sustain interest over the long term, but libraries that circulate the preloaded audiobook device Playaway will soon have the option of reloading their players with new, discounted titles. On […]
The venerable film distributor sets the scene for a seamless splice into the digital age On May 10, 1968, the Cannes Film Festival shuddered to a stop when filmmakers including Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut rushed the stage at the Palais des Festivals to protest French New Waver Henri Langlois’s removal from his post as […]
Thriller master Michael Connelly tells LJ that a librarian hooked him on reading, which inspired him to write. See video clip here.
While several Design Institute panelists said that, in their experiences, architects took full charge of the green construction and design process, Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Public Building Commission, Chicago, said that “in our case, we often find we are pushing the envelope.” She argued for the impact sustainable sites can have on a community—namely, connectivity—and encouraged […]