On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.” Recorded Books is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Schmidt, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, and services that they need—and to one another.
Harlequin audiobooks are now available for libraries for the first time through Harlequin Audio, a new imprint operating in conjunction with HarperAudio. The first titles, including Carla Neggers’s The Harbor and Shona Patel’s Flame Tree Road, were released on June 30, and the company plans to release a total of 200 in its first year. […]
The APA shares results from their annual sales survey
As the audiobook industry celebrates June Is Audiobook Month, audiobook narrator Amy Rubinate launches Ideal Audiobooks, which focuses on quality women’s fiction, romance, young adult, and children’s books read by award-winning narrators. Popular authors represented include Tamara Ireland Stone, Heather Vogel Frederick, Kasie West, and Beth Kendrick, whose books are read by well-known narrators such […]
ODILO, a company that offers products for the discovery, management, and distribution of library print and digital materials, announces a new partnership with Findaway, a provider of digital audiobooks and technology solutions. The ODILO Digital Library will soon debut approximately 60,000 popular and bestselling digital audiobooks from every major publisher in the audiobook space. “We are dedicated […]
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced that Jennifer Conner, who runs the book blog “The Literate Housewife,” will be recognized as the 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year—an honor awarded to her through a competition sponsored by the APA. LJ spoke to Conner about her “Armchair Audies” program in 2013. “The APA created this […]
Macmillan Audio president and publisher Mary Beth Roche and Jeff Jankowski, founder and vice president of Midwest Tape and hoopla digital, have reached a deal to begin a pilot to distribute Macmillan’s audiobooks to public libraries and their patrons via hoopla digital. hoopla is a digital streaming and download service offered by Midwest Tape to public libraries that […]
Michele Cobb has been named executive director of the Audio Publishers Association following her tenure as the organization’s president. Executive director is a new position that was formerly part of an outside management company. Cobb owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, sales, marketing, and business development services for the publishing industry, and is a frequent speaker at audiobook […]
While other areas of the publishing industry are shrinking, audiobooks are its fastest growing segment, enjoying $1.2 billion in annual sales, according to figures reported by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) in 2012. By comparison, annual audiobook sales in the late 1990s were just $480 million. It’s a niche that’s rapidly going mass-market.