What Does an Audiobook Producer Do?

Penguin Random House's Sarah Jaffe Breaks Down The Unusual Literary Career [Source: Bustle.com]

The Rise of the Audiobook

Audiobook sales are continuing to rocket, with a number of the biggest publishers in the space confirming they are still experiencing “strong double-digit growth” year on year. [Source: Princeton.edu]

HMH Trade forms Audiobook Unit

According to the publisher, the audio imprint will publish editions of “many of HMH’s frontlist adult and young reader titles along with select backlist.” The group, which will operate out of a newly-built studio within HMH’s New York City offices, plans to publish about 75 titles annually. [Source: Publishersweekly.com]

Falling Asleep to Audiobooks is a Smart, Inoffensive Way to Combat Insomnia

By focusing their attention on calming narration, listeners allow themselves to be lulled to sleep when they would otherwise be plagued by stress and insomnia. [Source: studybreaks.com]

Libro.fm Brings Digital Audiobooks to Independent Bookstores

“The biggest difference,” Pearson said, “is that Amazon and Audible are interested in maximizing profit for shareholders, while we are supporting local booksellers. I think customers are really responding to that message.” [Source: PublishersWeekly.com]

‘Queer Eye’ Star Tan France to Host Audiobook Audie Awards

Organizers of the Audies say they’re hoping France will help bring the ceremony, and audiobooks, to the national stage. [Source: Variety.com]

New to Narration? Here's the bare bones...

Narrating an audiobook is the most challenging work you can do in voiceover. It takes myriad skills to navigate them successfully but if you can master the 10 skills below, you’ll be successful in accomplishing a performance most audiobook listeners take for granted. [Source: Backstage.com]

PW Adds Audio Clips to Reviews, Beginning With PRH

The clips are embedded not only in the review of the audiobook, but in reviews in other formats as well. [Source: publishersweekly.com]

About Industry Trends

The takeaways match what the rest of the publishing industry has seen as well. In 2018, self-help and political tell-alls were high performers, while Hollywood adaptations also drove sales for their source material. [Source: Forbes.com]

Going Into 2019, The Publishing Industry Is Excited About Audio

"Publishers are getting more experimental with what they produce in audio," he says, "and how they release it – audio exclusives, short-form series, full-cast productions – and I think we’ll see more of that in 2019. [Source: Forbes.com]

Good e-Reader Global Audiobook Report for 2019

A few facets of the audiobook industry; what publishers are doing, major retailers doubling down on audiobook promotion and growth and how customers are listening. [Source: Goodereader.com]

Sweden's Affinity for Erotic Audiobooks

Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. [Source: TheLocal.se]

Audiobooks Give Rise to Major Revenues, Celebrity Narrators

“Actors are finding a new outlet for their craft in audiobooks. It’s an unfiltered performance, one-on-one with the listener, playing many characters at a time. " -Edoardo Ballerini [Source: mediapost.com]

Love for the ALA Media Awards

In just over 10 years, the Odyssey Award has been given to some of the most exciting audiobooks. [Source: AudioFileMagazine.com]