August 30, 2015

Harlequin Audiobooks Available to Libraries

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. […]

APA reports continued strong audio sales

The APA shares results from their annual sales survey

Audiobook Narrator Amy Rubinate Launches Ideal Audiobooks

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 and Findaway announce partnership

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 […]

Listen and Learn: Nonfiction Audiobooks | Audio Spotlight

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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but when it comes to audiobooks, it can be just as compelling.

APA Announces Audiobook Blogger of the Year

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 Joins hoopla digital

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 named APA executive director

Michele Cobb named APA executive director

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 […]

Audio Everywhere

Audio Everywhere

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.

NoveList Adds Audiobook Recommendations

Readers’ advisory resource NoveList will now offer audiobook recommendations through NoveList Plus. The new audiobook features include lists of recommended titles and listen-alike recommendations. Users can browse or search for audiobook information and will have search options by length of audio, format, and audio characteristics. Listeners will also be able to access audio samples and read reviews from trusted professional review sources.