Michele Cobb, APA Executive Director, speaks at the 2019 London Book Fair.

London Book Fair 2019: Diving into the Audiobook Boom

At the London Book Fair, three audiobook publishers from the United States discussed the audiobook boom in the U.S.: Brad Rose, VP of content strategy for Midwest Tape; Mary Beth Roche, president and publisher of Macmillan Audio; and Amanda D'Acierno, president and publisher of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group. Michele Cobb, executive director of the Audio Publishers Association, moderated the discussion. [Source: Shelf-Awareness.com]

Listening for Literacy: How Pairing Picture Books with Page-Turn Read-Alongs Honors and Encourages Young Readers

APA members Debra Cardillo, Mary Burkey, and Linda Lee weigh in. Keeping page-turn read-alongs as a proud and prominent part of youth collections instills the love of story, the value of the spoken word, and a respect for young readers—wherever they are on their reading journey. [Source: BooklistOnline.com]

London Book Fair 2019: Audiobooks Stay Hot

A standing room only audience suggests that interest in digital audio, like the format itself, is still surging. [Source: PublishersWeekly.com]

Employees Take Ownership of Chelsea Green Publishing

Through an employee stock-ownership plan (ESOP), the company purchased ownership shares from the Baldwins on behalf of the 25 employees who are now the owners of the independent publishing house. [Source: PublishersWeekly.com]

Spanish-Language Audiobook Sales Predicted to Surge in 2019

A new study predicts Spanish-language audiobook sales and production will grow in 2019–and narration dialects may start to favor Latin American markets. [Source: PublishingPerspectives.com]

Podcasting and Audiobooks Both Attain 50% Reach; Facebook Usage Continues to Drop

The portion of the U.S. population that has ever listened to an audiobook surpasses one-half for the first time. [Source: apnews.com]

The Rise of Digital Audio has been one of Publishing’s Big Stories in Recent Years

PW recently caught up with Amanda D’Acierno, President & Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio Group (PRH was the inaugural winner of the London Book Fair’s Audiobook Publisher of the Year prize last year) to talk about audio’s rise, and its prospects for future growth. [Source: PubishersWeekly.com]

Set Aside Those Erotic Videos, Erotic Audiobooks are Here

The idea of listening to a narrator reading text as part of your erotic play may sound unsexy, but don’t dismiss it just yet. Lots of people are into this. Some proof? The romance genre is one of the most popular audiobook genres, according to the Audio Publishers Association. [Source: MensHealth.com]