Audible Captions was a program that was announced last summer. The system would basically use the existing app and playback an audiobook, while it would be transcribed into text. This is similar to Youtube playing back a video and captions being turned on, so you don't have to have the volume playing, to understand what is going on. As soon as Audible announced it, major … [Read more...] about Audible has reached a settlement with major publishers for Captions program
Don Katz founded Audible in 1995 and turned it from a scrappy startup to the biggest audiobook retailer in the world. He sold the business to Amazon in 2008 for $300 million and remained the outspoken CEO, but it is time for a change. Starting on January the 2nd, media and publishing veteran Bob Carrigan will be the new CEO.Carrigan most recently was executive chairman of … [Read more...] about Don Katz is no longer the CEO of Audible
If you have an Amazon Echo product, you can already play audiobooks from Audible, but now you can play podcasts from Apple and Spotify. While you could ask Alexa to play a podcast, by default it would stream the latest episode of a show from TuneIn, and navigating beyond was abysmal and good luck trying to find a 3rd party skill.Apple currently has over 800,000 podcasts … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo devices can now play Apple and Spotify Podcasts
The world of books is a source of inspiration for several aspects of the entertainment industry and beyond. This includes the leisure and dining sectors too, such as restaurants and cafés. Japan is notorious for the most ingenious venues designed after popular books, manga, and genres in general. For example, Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant in Shinjuku offers the ultimate Alice in … [Read more...] about Is an Audiobook Cafe a Dream or a Nightmare?
Two of the largest Polish publishers have just launched an online bookstore that sells audiobooks, ebooks and print titles. Prószyński i S-ka and Czarna Owca have just unveiled Inverso, which gives Polish readers a chance to buy all of the titles they are offering, with minimal friction.Prószyński publishes popular Polish writers, including Katarzyna Puzyńska, Maria … [Read more...] about 2 Polish publishers launch Inverso, an audiobook and ebook store
This past September was a great month for books. Overall publisher revenue for the month was $1.54 billion, an increase of 8.4% as compared to September of 2018. Total sales in 2019 so far were $11.4 billion, an increase of 4.0% over the same period last year.Paper formats once again dominated Trade, accounting for $588.1 million, or 75.2% of the category’s $782.2 million … [Read more...] about September was a great month for audiobooks, ebooks and print sales
Audible Escape, formally known as Audible Romance is a success. It is a standalone subscription service that has over a thousand romance and erotica titles, the type of content that women ravenously consume. In order go grow the service, Audible recently appointed Susan Jurevics to the role of VP & General Manager.Susan will drive a comprehensive customer experience … [Read more...] about Audible Escape Unlimited Romance Audiobooks is on the rise
Public libraries in the United States, who have a audiobook and ebook collection, have to deal with all of the big five publishers. Each publisher has different terms and conditions, as well as pricing. This can create headaches for collection managers. Some books can 1200% more than what people pay on Amazon for the same title, while others expire after a certain number of … [Read more...] about Big 5 Publishers Digital Lending and Purchase Models for Public Libraries
The amount of people who are listening to audiobooks is increasing every single year. Data from The Infinite Dial 2019 which shows 50% of Americans age 12 and older have listened to an audiobook. This is the first time that audiobooks’ consumer penetration has reached the 50% mark, up from 44% in 2018, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital.The multiple ways … [Read more...] about The Best Audiobooks of 2019
The Audiobook Creation Exchange is run by Amazon and Audible. It is an online platform that lists narrators and their rates, authors can find a narrow they like and create an audiobook. In the past 8 years over 160,000 audiobooks have been created from a pool of 106,000 producers. 41 ACX titles have been nominated for Audies, and 9 have taken home the coveted Audie. Even more … [Read more...] about Audiobook Creation Exchange has generated 160,000 audiobooks
Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in digital publishing and in 2018 it grew by 37.1%, which equated to $127.1 million in revenue compared to 2017. Audiobooks are up even more this year and most publishers claim it accounts for a little over 15% of their total revenue. Apple is shipping out the Beats Solo Pro on the 31st, they are over the ear headphones with noise … [Read more...] about Would you buy premium headphones or earbuds to listen to audiobooks?
Bob Dylan is going to have his first digital audiobook and is published by Simon & Schuster and will be released on December 3rd. The title is called Tarantula and compiles lyrics, prose, and poetry from one of the most prolific eras of his career. The original book was written in the 1960's but his 1966 motorcycle accident delayed publication and made the book a kind of … [Read more...] about New Bob Dylan Audiobook is out soon