Audiobooks

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Amazon Is Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

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How Amazon and Audible Are Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Distribution

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Distribution

This is part four of a six-part series. You’ve finished your book and you’re about to take the plunge and release it as an ebook. How can you make sure you’re fully prepared so that the process goes as smoothly as possible? Of course, you’ve already read the first three posts in this series,...

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC Program for Teens Offers Free Weekly Audiobooks

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is an annual summer program that gives away free audiobook downloads. Now in its seventh year, SYNC offers two free audiobooks aimed at teens every week of the summer. The titles are curated weekly thematic pairings of award-winning teen-focused titles and classics. The program is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and...

Everything Self-Published Authors Need to Know

Everything Self-Published Authors Need to Know

More and more authors are self-publishing their books today, and many are finding the model to be more lucrative and sustainable than working with traditional publishers. But for authors trying to get started, the arena can be hard to break into—in part because of the sheer volume of editing, production, distribution and design services available....

Penguin Random House Audio

PRH Audio Gives Away Free AudioBook for Audiobook Month

Penguin Random House Audio announced that June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate the publisher is giving away free audiobook versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Starting June 24 at 10am ET, and lasting 24 hours, users can download their free copy through PRH Audio’s Facebook page or its Volumes app. PRH Audio...

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All About the Audiobook Market in India

With a rising population of working executives regularly driving to work in India and spending long stretches of time on the road, reading has a new window of opportunity, and with that, so does publishing. Yet while a large part of this audience has already been captured by ebooks, there is a new format...

audiobooks, india, market

The Market for Audiobooks in India

With a rising population of working executives regularly driving to work in India and spending long stretches of time on the road, reading has a new window of opportunity, and with that, so does publishing. Yet while a large part of this audience has already been captured by ebooks, there is a new format...

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5 Online Marketing Trends Authors Should Consider

Recently I had two different companies come to the house for some home interior improvements. Both of these men pulled out their iPads and showed me samples of different designs to choose from. All I could think was: What did people do before iPads? And, how did we even get by growing up without...

authors, writer, ebook, ebook formatting, self-publishing

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

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How Can I Be a Part of the Audiobook Boom?

Audiobooks have long been operating in the digital space. Well before ebooks were gaining major popularity, digital audiobooks were helping audio publishing grow. With the introduction of the iPod at the turn of the century and the adoption of smartphones over the last decade, audiobooks have been booming: over the last five years, both...

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The Audiobook Boom: What’s Happening and How Can I Be Included?

Audiobooks have long been operating in the digital space. Well before ebooks were gaining major popularity, digital audiobooks were helping audio publishing grow. With the introduction of the iPod at the turn of the century and the adoption of smartphones over the last decade, audiobooks have been booming: over the last five years, both...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Data has been a feature of book publishing for some time now. About 15 years ago, data became even more prominently used, as publishers could see sales data from competitors through then-new services like Nielsen Bookscan. The fundamental function of a publisher is to make a decision on what to publish (curation). Like a...

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How Self-Published Authors Work with Editors

This is part one of a six-part series. As a self-published author, it’s your responsibility to make sure your book is as high-quality as it can be, and an editor is an indispensable resource who can help make your book look professional instead of amateurish. Getting off to a Good Start Ask your peers—other...

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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...

Ebook Metadata: Everything You Need to Know

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...

Audible, Amazon, audiobooks

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...