Audiobooks

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4 Reasons Authors Should Produce Audiobooks

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

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Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

Books Cannot Become Mere ‘Content’

Books Cannot Become Mere ‘Content’

I originally wanted to title this article “So What Is a Book Anyway?” as the last few years have seen a shift in what actually constitutes a book. Taking a step back, when we were children we were taught what a book was by being handed, naturally, a physical book. It had a cover...

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4 Ways Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

As an audiobook narrator, I encourage every author to get her work into audio. However, regardless of whether you ever want to create audiobooks of your titles, these four tips from other authors about planning your audiobook will make you a better writer. 1. Listen to audiobooks. This first piece of advice surprises many writers....

How Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

How Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

As an audiobook narrator, I encourage every author to get her work into audio. However, regardless of whether you ever want to create audiobooks of your titles, these four tips from other authors about planning your audiobook will make you a better writer. 1. Listen to audiobooks. This first piece of advice surprises many...

Libro.fm

Indie Stores Are Now Selling Digital Audiobooks

[Press Release] Indie stores are now selling digital audiobooks Libro.fm Launches Indie Partner Program SEATTLE, April 4, 2016 – Libro.fm (www.libro.fm) has launched its Indie Partner Program which allows any independent bookstore to sell digital audiobooks. “Independent bookstore customers are buying digital audiobooks, just not from their favorite indie stores. Using Libro.fm’s platform, independent...

OverDrive

Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools

[Press Release] ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use CLEVELAND — April 1, 2016 – Digital content use in schools is no longer...

Shelfie

Shelfie CEO: Books Should Be ‘Format-Shiftable’

Shelfie is an app that allows users to take a photo of their bookshelves and get ebook and audiobook versions of physical books they already own for free or at a low cost. The app also gives personalized recommendations based on the idea that the best recommendations come from a full picture of the books readers...

hoopla

HarperCollins Signs Audiobook Deal with hoopla digital

HarperCollins announced a new audiobooks deal today with hoopla digital, a free service that offers library patrons online and mobile access to more than 450,000 movies, ebooks, music and more. Starting today, the publisher is offering its entire digital audiobooks catalog to the service, including Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of...

Some More Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

Some More Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

In my previous post, I offered a few ideas on how to make ebooks feel unique by taking advantage of some visual design cues. But I neglected to mention one crucial step: test, test, test your EPUB and MOBI files on multiple devices and apps. A simple example: try using a very light blue...

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Audible Clips Lets Users Share Audiobook Snippets

Audible has launched Audible Clips, a new feature that allows listeners to share samples from audiobooks over social media and email. The company intends to make listening more social, and the new feature functions similarly to memes and images of book quotes that are regularly shared online. “Audible customers are book lovers whose print books are likely to...

Inkshares

Inkshares Book to Become TV Show and Audiobook

For the first time, start-up crowdfunded publisher Inkshares has sold major TV and audiobook rights for one of its books. Titled The Show, the book is written by ex-Google employee Filip Syta and follows a Google-like company called Show and its culture of drugs, sex and partying. The TV rights offer was made by a soon-to-be-announced video...

Scribd

Scribd Adds 6,000 Titles from Macmillan

Scribd announced today that it has added more than 6,000 titles from Macmillan. This is the third time the “Big Five” publisher has upped its number of titles available on the subscription service, and is the largest to date. The changes go into effect today. In a statement, Co-Founder and CEO of Scribd, Trip...

Digital Book World

Audiobook Leaders Discuss Discoverability and Audible

Audiobooks have been growing at a fast rate. Libraries have seen an increase in downloads and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said that sales have gone up by 40 percent through the first nine months of 2015. At Digital Book World 2016, a panel including Troy Juliar of Recorded Books, Ralph Lazaro of...

Scribd

Scribd Announces Major Changes to Subscription Service

Scribd today announced major changes to its subscription service. As part of the re-structured service, all Scribd users will receive unlimited access to “Scribd Select” books and audiobooks, a rotating collection spread across a variety of genres. In addition, all users will have access to three books and one audiobook of their choice each...

How Amazon Could Open ‘Profitable’ Retail Stores

How Amazon Could Open ‘Profitable’ Retail Stores

A Wall Street Journal story has propelled a rumor that Amazon will open 400 or more stores in malls into industry discussion. Nobody really knows whether it is true and, as I write this, Amazon has not commented for the record. If it is true, then I certainly am guilty of one wrong prediction....

Digital Book World

The State and Future of Digital Audiobooks

Erica Lazzaro is general counsel and director of publisher services for OverDrive, a global digital media distributor. She leads OverDrive’s licensing, content acquisition and business development efforts, helping booksellers and publishers worldwide find success with multichannel digital distribution. Lazzaro also works closely with OverDrive’s executive team on strategic relationships and has negotiated agreements with...

AAP

Publishers’ Sales Decline 2% Through Third Quarter of 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released a quarterly update this morning, saying that publishers’ sales for the first three quarters of 2015 (January-September) were down 2.0 percent at $11.9 billion, compared to $12.1 billion for the same period in 2014. The AAP tracks sales for trade fiction, non-fiction and religious, K-12 instructional materials, higher...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable...

10 Industry Predictions for 2016

10 Industry Predictions for 2016

When trends become clear—from self-publishing to writer events to the boutique model of the industry to the re-growth of print sales and large publisher consolidation—I regularly point out in the office that I predicted them two or three years ago. Given that I’m generally met with bemused looks, I thought I would make an...

Shelfie

Shelfie Partners with Findaway on Print-Audiobook Bundles

[Press Release] Shelfie Partners with Findaway to Offer Print-Audiobook Bundles Vancouver start-up partners with leading audiobook distributor to make print-audiobook bundles available to readers December 14, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Today, Shelfie announces a partnership with leading audiobook distributor, Findaway, to offer audiobook bundles to readers on titles from Blackstone Audio, Gildan Media, Hachette...

Why Publishers Need to Be Mobile-Friendly

Why Publishers Need to Be Mobile-Friendly

Can you imagine life without a smartphone or tablet? Before 1994, access to the Internet was limited to desktops and laptops, confining website commerce to the home and business. Believe it or not, the first micro/mobile browser made its debut that year. And 13 years later, how we all use the Internet changed immeasurably...

Overdrive

Seven Reasons Schools Use Digital Audiobooks with Students

[Press Release] Seven reasons why schools are using digital audiobooks with students every day CLEVELAND, December 3, 2015 – These days, technology and classroom are two words that go hand in hand. More schools and educators have an increased focus on engaging students by leveraging eBook and audiobook technology to support instruction in the...

The Digital Experience Platform for Publishers: Are You Experienced?

The Digital Experience Platform for Publishers

The iPhone App Store opened on July 10th, 2008. The Amazon App store opened on March 22th, 2011. Google Play launched on March 6th, 2012. “In a relatively short time,” writes Marianne Calilhanna in a blog post for Digital Book World, “publishers had new and powerful distribution channels to target in addition to the...

The Advantages of Automation for Publishers

The Advantages of Automation for Publishers

“Publishing houses have long complained about feeling the squeeze as the industry evolves,” writes Patrick Walsh in a blog post for Digital Book World. “This is the reason they cite for lower advances, slashed marketing budgets, taking on less manuscripts and an overall drought of available resources. The industry has changed, which is old...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Announces Nook Audiobooks App

Barnes & Noble announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere. The app allows customers to...

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New Deals around Subscription Content

Two deals announced yesterday reflect some of the changes afoot in the market for subscription ebooks. Newcomer Playster, whose app is still in beta, adds 50,000 audiobooks to its subscription catalog through a partnership with the digital content distributor Findaway. And separately Scribd announces it’s acquired the social e-reading platform Librify. Both moves can...

Playster

Parterning with Findaway, Playster Adds 50,000 Subscription Audiobooks

The multimedia subscription platform Playster is still in a beta phase, but the Montreal-based start-up is busy bulking up its catalog. A new partnership with the digital content distributor Findaway brings some 50,000 digital audiobooks to Playster’s offering. The deal marks Playster’s first foray into audiobooks, rounding out a catalog that also offers ebooks, video, TV, games...

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The Publishing Problems Technology Can’t Solve

With ebook growth flattening out, many publishers are doing a bit of housekeeping. It’s smart think about investing in automated production-editorial workflows and other digital solutions, Bibliocloud CEO Emma Barnes observes, but the reason many publishers “think they need a system is usually because of problems with process, not data,” she says. For someone...

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Macmillan Adds Kids’ Ebooks to Epic! Catalog

Deepening its participation in the subscription model, Macmillan contributes several hundred children’s ebooks to Epic!, a leading subscription service for kids’ content. Nearly six months into its experiment with subscription ebooks, Macmillan becomes the third Big Five publisher, after HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to partner with Epic!. Epic!, which offers more than 100,00...

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Invites in Developers

A month after acquiring Scholastic’s ed-tech business for $575 million, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pushes ahead in the space by launching a web portal for developers. Through the portal, external designers and developers can access the company’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, allowing them to build new products and solutions inside the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...