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  • 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.

  • Oasis Debuts New Vintage Pulp Audiobook Imprint

    Paperback Classics, a new audiobook imprint from Oasis Family Media, will bring vintage pulp paperbacks from the 1930s to the 1970s to audio.

  • Charting the Changes in Spanish Audiobooks

    Two new surveys show how the Spanish-language audiobook market is maturing.

  • Audible Continues ‘Originals’ Expansion

    Audible pushes on in its shift away from traditional audiobooks and toward original content by entering into a multi-year development deal with Skybound Entertainment to create multiple audio-only originals available exclusively to Audible subscribers.

  • New Directions Enters the Audiobook Market

    New Directions Publishing has launched an audiobook program, and plans to end the year with eight audio format releases and double its slate for next year.

  • Audible's Captions Program Stirs Fears, Frustration Among Publishers

    The new speech-to-text program from Audible, still in beta, has unnerved publishing industry members, with one major publisher calling it "a clear violation of our terms of sale."

  • Fall 2019 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.

  • Audible to Release Classic Baby-Sitters Club Series

    All 131 titles in The Baby-sitters Club, Ann M. Martin’s beloved middle grade series, will be available as digital audiobooks exclusively from Audible on August 13.

  • Consumer Use of Audiobooks Continues to Rise

    Half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to an audiobook in the past year, according to a new consumer survey. Growth can be attributed to more people listening in cars and advances in technology.

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