Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine.
But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two a week—I find myself feeling a bit shameful. When someone mentions a book and I offer that I recently read it, I rarely mention that I actually listened to it. I feel like I’m hiding a big secret.
In my view, despite the fact that the content is identical, audiobooks are not the same thing as books.
When I read a book, it’s the only thing I am doing in that moment. I’m not looking at my computer, I’m not texting, I’m not walking anywhere—I’m just reading.
When I listen to an audiobook, however, I am never just listening to it. I am always doing something else, be it taking the train, walking somewhere or exercising.
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Amazon NYC and Amazon’s Reviewers (Pub Lunch)
The New York Post cites at least two sources that tell the paper Amazon is set to lease space at Manhattan’s under-construction Hudson Yards for a bookstore. One source says that stores in development are expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019.
The Real Reason Amazon Is Eliminating Inflated List Prices (Money)
Quite obviously, showing items with misleading, inflated list prices is a sales pitch meant to manipulate shoppers. The concept is called “price anchoring,” and it works by providing the shopper with an idea of the value of an item. Once some semblance of an item’s value is anchored in place, the retailer can create a sense of urgency to purchase it by offering discounts that seem quite impressive compared to that original or list price.
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Harlequin Launches BookBreaks App for Serialized Stories (DBW)
Harlequin announced that it has released a new app called BookBreaks that offers romance readers a convenient way to read serialized stories.
How Indie Authors Can Get Their Books into Libraries (BookWorks)
One of the most frequent questions I get from authors I meet at writing conferences is “How do I get my book into libraries?” So I recently posed this same question to my friend and Ingram colleague Joyce Skokut, Director of Library Collection Development, who had just returned from the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Orlando.
The First Free Zone for Publishing (Pub Perspectives)
Nothing may sound better to publishers than the phrase ‘larger global markets for publishing,’ which Sharjah Publishing City is being developed to create. Bodour Al Qasimi speaks on October 18 as the UAE’s visionary in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit.
Book Fair Survey Results Are In (BookMachine)
This month BookMachine and Frankfurt Book Fair ran a survey to find out more about your behavior and opinions about book fairs. The winner received a week’s pass to the Business Club at the Book Fair. The results have been fascinating; here we show you a selection of the data.
An ‘Ambient Literature’ Project in the UK (Pub Perspectives)
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