Audiobook News, Posts, and Articles: July 2017

Bolinda Audio and Australian audiobooks have a banner year

Press coverage on how the Australian audiobook industry is booming. APA Member Bolinda Audio's Rebecca Herrmann honored at annual ABIA Awards. [Source: ABC New Australia]


The APA sponsors Odyssey Award reception at ALA conference 

The Odyssey Award reception sponsored by the APA attracted nearly 200 librarians and publishers. Here's more about the production team from Listening Library/Penguin Random House who won the 2017 Odyssey Award, ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN. [Source: AmericanLibraries]


Major European ebook/audiobook pirate site shut down

Lul.to, a European website that targeted a German-speaking audience, was raided and over 200,000 audiobooks, ebooks and digital newspapers were seized. [Source: Goodereader.com]


A sad last word from Early Word

Founder & Editor Nora Rawlinson posted her last article on EarlyWord.com July 3. Popular Galley chats will continue, but Early Word leaves a big hole as a resource for librarians and publishers. [Source: EarlyWord]


Sweden's Storytel has big goals

Fast-growing audiobooks company Storytel will expand its streaming audiobooks services into several new markets. [Source: Reuters/ Business Insider]


Can LeVar Burton do Reading Rainbow for Adults?

LeVar Burton has launched a podcast with stories for adults. [Source: Bustle.com]


New GST Tax on audiobooks sold in Australia

Australia is now charging a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% on all eBooks and audiobooks sold to customers residing in Australia from companies operating outside of the country beginning July 1, 2017. [Source: Goodereader.com]