The Audie Awards are an annual event in New York where production, narration and the best audiobooks of 2017 are showcased. The Audio Publishers Association has just announced the finalists in 26 different categories.
“We are excited to announce all of our Audie Awards® finalists for 2018,” says APA President Linda Lee. “It seems that each year the sky is the limit as we see an increase in submissions of incredibly high quality works. This year’s Audies promises to be more exciting than ever as the judges work hard to pick the winners out of such an august field of finalists. We hope to see you there to join in the excitement!”
“Audiobook aficionados and industry insiders alike have a heightened excitement about the amazing range of genres and production styles of the finalists and ultimate winners of the Audies,” adds Mary Burkey, Audie Awards® Competition Chair. “Our team of expert judges debating the winner of the Audiobook of the Year award must choose a single audio that combines the very best in narration and production quality with significant sales impact and marketing outreach to be the standard bearer of excellence for the format and audio publishing industry. Is it a tough job? You bet! I can’t wait to learn which audio will take home the gold medallion!”
The Audie Awards have seen an influx of attendees and submissions over the course of the past four years. This is primarily attributed to the digital format becoming the fastest growing segment in publishing and very year more titles are released to meet consumer demand. The sheer number of titles being released has prompted many companies to open their own retail storefront. This includes Google, Kobo, Walmart and also Scribd, who just unveiled their second generation unlimited subscription system.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.