(Global Kids Connect panelists (From L: Heather Alexander, Andy Bowers, Amanda D’Acierno, and Cecilia de la Campa discuss trends in children’s audio.)

American Library Association Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:

"The Hate U Give," produced by HarperAudio, is the 2018 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin. More APA members honored in this category are: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Audio, Live Oak Media, and Hachette Audio. [Source: MorningStar]

Publishers Weekly and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair kicked off their Global Kids Connect Breakfast

APA members Heather Alexander, Audible; Amanda D’Acierno, Penguin Random House Audio; Tavia Gilbert share their knowledge at the Global Kids Connect Breakfast series. The focus was on the rapid growth in the audiobook industry as a result of evolving technologies and increasing demand for new ways of consuming children’s book content. [Source: Publishers Weekly]

Bookbeat Live Streams Audiobooks, Allowing Data Cultivation

To grow business, publishers should focus on understanding the listener and what they listen to, and use that data to deliver the best and most relevant content. [Source: The Bookseller]

Amazon Already Disrupted the Sale of Print Titles. Up Next: Audiobooks

Audible’s pursuit of more audiobook publishing rights could squeeze traditional book publishers in the fastest-growing segment of the market [Source: Wall Street Journal]

Stars Of The Spoken Word: Meet The Audiobook Narrators Who Are Quietly Saving Book Publishing

APA members Robin Miles and Scott Brick, among other audiobook narrators, are the character actors of the literary world: They are often prolific people whose work you know even if you don’t know their names. Instead of tending toward one distinctive kind of sidekick or secondary role, they need to be deeply versatile. [Source: Salon.com]

Want to Voice Audiobooks? Here’s What You Should Know

APA members Sean Pratt and Johnny Heller discuss in this podcast how important your temperament is, in order to be an audiobook narrator, how much stamina it takes, how to land your first book, and how to reach out to publishers for projects. [Source: Backstage]

As E-Book Sales Fall And Audiobooks Rise, Print Still Dominates For Local Booksellers

The shifting demand between print, e-books and now downloadable audiobooks is playing out between the stacks in Chicago-area bookstores. [Source: Chicago Tribune]

Google Gets Into Audiobooks As Rivalry With Amazon Heats Up

Alphabet Inc’s Google introduced audiobooks to its online store on Tuesday, making its smart speakers and virtual assistant more competitive with Amazon.com Inc’s Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant. [Source: Reuters]

Walmart, Apple and Google go up against Amazon in a fight for readers (and listeners)

Some of the world's biggest companies are rolling out new electronic and audiobook offerings that will compete with giant Amazon for your eyes and ears, a digital tussle that could result in lower prices. [Source: USA Today]

A little audiobook humor... https://youtu.be/X833Aa4gjkM