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  • 'AudioFile' Turns 30

    Robin Whitten turned her passion for audiobooks into one of the first publications to cover that medium. As 'AudioFile' marks its 30th birthday this summer, Whitten reflected on how the venture initially got off the ground, how it has evolved and where it’s headed next.

  • Macmillan Audio Releases Audiobook Version of Three Key Supreme Court Abortion Rulings

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling on abortion, Macmillan Audio is publishing an audiobook edition of three key cases.

  • Audiobook Growth Continues

    The Audio Publishers Association’s annual sales survey found that the 28 member companies reporting to the APA had revenue gains of 25% in 2021, bringing the estimated industry total to $1.6 billion in sales last year.

  • Google Play Books Expands AI Audiobook Narration

    Google Play Books has announced that publishers in six countries can now create, edit, publish, and sell auto-narrated audiobooks on its platform.

  • Audiobooks: A Revolution in Format

    The audiobook has made the move to center stage in a digital publishing world, writes ‘PW’ audio correspondent Shannon Maughan.

  • B&N Adds New Audiobook Capability

    Barnes & Noble, which has been revamping its digital audiobook offerings, has announced the launch of B&N Audiobooks. The new service has a catalog of more than 300,000 titles, and customers can buy audiobooks individually or enroll in a new subscription service for $14.99 per month.

  • 'Project Hail Mary' Wins Audiobook of the Year

    'Project Hail Mary' by Andy Weir and narrated by Ray Porter was named the Audiobook of the Year at the 2022 Audie Awards held March 4.

  • Podium Elevates Narrators with 'AudioCollab' Initiative

    Podium Audio has formed AudioCollab, a new program aimed at providing audio narrators with higher pay and other support services.

  • RBmedia Forms Ascent Audio Brand

    RBmedia has formed a new business audio brand, Ascent Audio, which will house the publisher's 5,000 business audiobooks.

  • APA Says Audiobook Sales Rose 12% in 2020

    The Audio Publishers Association’s annual review of the audiobook market found another year of double-digit sales increases as well as a profound shift in listening habits.

  • RBmedia Creates New Spanish Unit, BookaVivo

    RBmedia has formed BookaVivo, a new Spanish-language audio unit, and named former journalist Rosanne Lake to head the division.

  • Scribd Audio Launches with 40 Titles (Plus Lena Waithe and Daveed Diggs)

    The lead launch title for Scribd Audio is 'Black Imagination' by Natasha Marin, originally released in print by McSweeney's. Scribd said it is looking to build its audiobook list by choosing diverse voices from leading independent publishers.

  • Audible Makes Improvements to ACX Terms

    Following protests from authors and author groups, Audible has made more changes in its terms of use for independent authors using its ACX platform to create audiobooks.

  • Audible Rolls Out Lower-priced Subscription Plan

    Audible is launching Audible Plus, a $7.95 per month service that will provide listeners will unlimited access to more than 68,000 hours of original content. In conjunction with the launch, the company has restructured its traditional credit-based subscription service into a new $14.95 per month offering called Audible Premium Plus, which will provide access to its full catalog of more than 500,000 titles.

  • All Signs Point Up for Audiobooks

    The APA's annual sales survey found sales from 24 reporting publishers rose 16% in 2019 over 2018 and that the number of new titles produced increased 18% to over 60,000.

  • Fall 2020 Announcements: Audio

    The double-digit sales increases of digital audio reported by many publishers over the past several years continue, with no signs of slowing. We’ve gathered some highlights from publishers’ fall audio offerings to give a glimpse of the bounty of titles available.

  • Spring 2020 Announcements: Audio Books

    For yet another year, robust sales of digital audio have helped buoy the publishing industry. As the audio market continues to blossom, we welcome some new and some growing players, and many new voices, to our seasonal list.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Has New Audiobook Program

    Rowman & Littlefield Audio plans to release 35 audio titles this year and 50 in 2020 in subject areas that include history, self-help, business, and pop culture.

  • Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Audio

    For those on your gift list who enjoy listening to great books, here are five narrated by top stars of stage and screen.

  • Pew Survey Finds More Adults Listening to Audiobooks

    In a survey of 1,502 American adults conducted from January 8 to February 7 this year, Pew found that 20% of adults listened to an audiobook in the 12 months prior to the time the survey was conducted. In 2011, only 11% of adults said they listened to an audiobook.

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