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
Beats have just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones that are ideal if you have an iPhone. This is the first major redesign of the on-ear pair since Apple acquired Beats Electronics back in 2014. The side arms of the Solo Pro are now made of anodized aluminum, adding a hitherto absent touch of premium allure, sturdiness and a more consistent clamping force on the user’s … [Read more...] about New Beats Solo Pro are great for audiobooks
Writing Life is the self-publishing arm of Kobo and when authors submit an ebook, it is sold across all of the various markets where Kobo sells digital content, which is most of the world. Kobo also launched an audiobook store in 2017, they sell titles on an individual basis and also have a subscription based system. You cannot play audiobooks on any of their E Ink devices, … [Read more...] about Kobo Writing Life now accepts Audiobook submissions