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  • Audio Publishers Association Conference Spotlights Tech Disruption

    The audio performers and publishers in attendance were encouraged to embrace the new tools of the trade, from TikTok to ChatGPT.

  • Blackstone Grows Beyond Its Audiobook Roots

    Blackstone Publishing has built a backlist of about 800 print and 950 e-book titles since it released its first books in those formats in 2016. The goal now, company president Anthony Goff said, is to continue to ramp up production across all formats.

  • Plans Expansion to U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, which supports sales of digital audiobooks through independent bookstores in the U.S., will expand the service to the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand in July.

  • Penguin Random House Audio Acquires Playaway Products

    Penguin Random House Audio has acquired Playaway Products, a producer of physical audio players and tablets preloaded with content. Launched in 2005 and based in Solon, Ohio, the company offers 36,000 titles and works with some 40,000 libraries and institutions.

  • 'AudioFile' Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2022

    The bimonthly magazine, which covers and reviews audiobooks, has named its Best Audiobooks of 2022.

  • Spotify's New Audiobook Tool Goes Live

    Beginning today, Spotify listeners will be able to access a new audiobook-specific user interface to purchase audiobooks from a collection of more than 300,000 titles.

  • '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.

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