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Tag Archives: Audiobooks

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/13-3/17

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts include eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts  and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Wattpad and Hachette are teaming up to create audiobooks together.  Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit regarding disappearing audiobook credits.  The One Book, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/24-10/28

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. American Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout won the Man Booker Prize this week. Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office resigned this week, creating a stir in the copyright community.  Barnes & Noble is merging their online print and […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/23-5/27

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Comixology launched a comics subscription service this week. Audiobooks had a huge boost in sales in 2015. Macmillan is considering leaving the iconic Flatiron Building. Author Sheldon P. Blau, MD is suing Simon & Schuster over what he believes are incorrect royalty statements. UK book retailer Waterstone’s […]

Amazon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year Abroad

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * A recent article in The Telegraph calls 2015 “the year Amazon delivered on its founder’s vision.” The reporter James Titcomb explains that in 2015 Amazon grew to double its share price, finally became profitable, and is now “almost untouchable as an online retailer” due to its streamlined delivery  service. While it’s been a good year in many respects, the company has also had its share of troubles – facing government investigations, employee […]

The Sound and the Story: Audiobooks and Podcasts

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on our parent site, Publishing Trends. Hey, did you hear season two of Serial has started? Serial’s return was hard to miss on social media last Thursday. People were hungry to hear more of Sarah Koenig’s addictive storytelling and reporting. The keyword is “hear” — Serial, of course, is a podcast, and podcasts are growing in popularity, as are audiobooks. In publishing, trends come and go, but this love of all things audio may be indicative of a sea change. This year was […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/24-8/28

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Scribd has changed its subscription service to give subscribers unlimited access to rotating audiobooks. Amazon’s ebook deal with NYC public schools has been postponed it was noted that visually impaired readers might have trouble with the design. As a result of recent controversies, the Hugo Awards were forced […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/18-5/22

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Audible is reportedly pressuring German publishers during contract negotiations. The MacDowell Colony announced a new retreat fellowship for diverse writers. Writers and translators found a way around censorship in Iran by publishing their work on the internet. OverDrive launched OverDrive Listen, a web app that lets […]

Listen Up! The Audiobook Revolution

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on our parent site, Publishing Trends. With audiobook sales numbers on the rise over the past two years, retailers have been searching for new ways to appeal to wider audiences. So far, the most common trends have been straight-to-audio publications, library digital downloads, abridged audiobooks, and an increase in subscription services.  However, speculation has begun to spread as to whether publishers should repackage audiobooks to be more similar to podcasts, given the format’s latest successes. At the end of November, Audible published The Starling […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/15-12/19

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Macmillan and Amazon have made a multi-year deal. Apple is back in court for the ebook price collusion case with an appeal, but this time things seems to be going well for them. Google is considering adding a buy button and two day shipping to compete […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/3-11/7

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Scribd announced that they’ve added 30,000 audiobooks to their preexisting ebook subscription service for no additional charge. In more audiobook news, Barnes & Noble brought back their audiobook department which includes an app for the Android platform. This week Diversion Books launched EverAfter, an app […]