I’m always surprised by the hesitancy with which some people approach audiobooks. Despite their ability to offer consumers a uniquely beneficial experience with the text, the format is frequently met with reservations.
Last month, Daniel Berkowitz discussed some of those misgivings in his piece “Audiobooks Make Me Feel Like I’m Cheating” for this publication. Berkowitz wonders if we can consider audiobooks on par with books; if the reading experience is still pure if you’re multitasking; if “reading” is an appropriate verb for consuming audiobooks; and if one can remain loyal to their love of books if they listen to audio.
My answer is yes—to all of the above. And it might come as no surprise that I actually think that reading is better in audio.
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International Publishing Notes: Canada, Turkey, UK, USA (Pub Perspectives)
Quick updates: an outreach from one nation’s publishers to another’s, and a newly announced plan for expansion by a European publisher in the States.
How Amazon’s Investments Could Wipe Out Retail Stores (Forbes)
Despite Amazon.com’s scale and growth, it accounted for a mere 3 percent of 2015 retail sales. So even though Amazon took a whopping 24 percent of all the retail sales growth in 2015, it still has plenty of room to get bigger.
CCC Launches RightFind Content Decision Support (DBW)
Copyright Clearance Center announced the launch of RightFind Content Decision Support, an easy-to-use, cloud-based analytics platform that helps information center managers make data-driven decisions to optimize content investments.
Do You Need an ISBN? What’s Its Purpose? (BookMachine)
You’re close to crafting that final sentence, you want to start thinking about cover designs and marketing and you’re wondering whether you also need to get one of those odd-looking 13-digit numbers and bar codes you’ve seen on the back of books. Is it just some weird code for people in the know? Such a small thing, can it really be so important?
Ratings Catcher Adds Support for Goodreads, B&N and Kobo (DBW)
Ratings Catcher, a recently launched service that offers authors a convenient way to gather all their books’ reviews in one central place, announced today that it has added review monitoring for Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
How to Judge Your Own Book by Its Cover (IngramSpark)
In interviewing Poland’s top-selling writer, Zygmunt Miłoszewski and his translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones, I was reminded of how powerful a good book cover can be. Miloszewski’s imprint carefully considered the original Polish book cover of Miłoszewski’s Gniew (“Wrath”) and created something similar but even stronger for its English translation, recently released as Rage.
Literary Agents in India (Pub Perspectives)
Not least because most publishers accept and commission direct submissions from authors in India, literary agents there are relatively new to the scene.
Amazon Publishing Announces Winner of Little A Poetry Contest (DBW)
Amazon Publishing announced the winner of the Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets.