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Why it's harder narrating an audiobook than you would think...

FOR THE FIRST TIME, 50% OF AMERICANS HAVE LISTENED TO AN AUDIOBOOK

The news comes from a national annual consumer survey conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital and is part of the Audio Publishers Association's 2019 Consumer Survey. The survey also includes a few more interesting insights on what's driving the audiobook renaissance and how it's manifesting. [Source: Forbes]

WHY NARRATING AN AUDIOBOOK IS A LOT HARDER THAN YOU THINK

Reading aloud? It’s a little harder, sure, but certainly manageable for most. But recording an entire audiobook? That’s probably more difficult than you first think. A lot more difficult. [Source: RadioTimes]

THANKS TO THE WORLD OF AUDIO, NEW YORK THEATER IS BEING REVOLUTIONIZED

“The absence of all of that spectacular stuff happening forces an almost muted study, it really forces concentration on the words.” [Source: EW.com]

THE AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION'S 2019 INDIES CHOICE AWARDS AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER WAS MADELINE MILLER'S CIRCE

As a result of the growing popularity of audiobooks, the ABA added the Audiobook of the Year category to the annual Indies Choice Awards. [Source: Bustle]

CONSUMER USE OF AUDIOBOOKS CONTINUES TO RISE

Publishers Weekly's report from the APA's Consumer Survey Press Release. [Source: Publishers Weekly]

AUDIOBOOK LISTENING CONTINUES SPECTACULAR RISE, AIDED BY EASE TO LISTEN IN CARS AND ON PHONES

Annual surveys conducted for the Audio Publishers Association (APA) map the industry consistently smashing records as it continues to grow. The surveys also reveal who's listening to what. Here's a summary of the latest survey findings, as reported today by the APA. [Source: Voiceover Extra]

OVERDRIVE FOUND THAT ONE IN THREE ADULTS LISTENS TO AUDIOBOOKS, SPENDING AT LEAST THREE HOURS A WEEK LISTENING.

Almost a quarter of those who listen do so at seven or more hours a week. This goes to show that people are enamored with the format. [Source: GoodEReader.com]

NEW STUDY FINDS 2 REASONS WHY AUDIOBOOKS APPEAL TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION

As technology evolves, people have more options available to them, which may explain why the report found younger adults to be more likely to opt for audiobooks and the multi-tasking they enable. [Source: Forbes]

BOOKS HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD: A NEW SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL AUDIOBOOK MARKETS

The Audio Publishers Association, Bookrepublic, and Bologna Children’s Book Fair have begun surveying various audiobook markets to give us a global overview of this growing format. [Source: Publishing Perspectives]

CHINESE SURVEY ON READING HABITS RELEASED

"We also find a sharp rise in audiobooks, almost one-third of the Chinese population has the habit of listening to audiobooks." [Source: China Daily]

SPANISH AUDIOBOOK PRODUCTION AND SALES SURGE

The number-one market for audiobooks in Spanish published by companies in Spain and Latin America used to be the U.S., but that has changed in recent years. [Source: Publishers Weekly]

ARABIC AUDIOBOOKS ARE TAKING THE MARKET BY STORM

Arabic-speaking audiences have always been keen for audio experiences and Arabic content. Now technology start-ups are taking the market of Arabic audiobooks by storm. [Source: The Arab Weekly]

A FIRST: APA RESEARCH SEES 50% OF AMERICANS LISTENING TO AN AUDIOBOOK

The use of smart speakers is on the rise, as is car listening, as reported in the Audio Publishers Association’s 2019 annual survey. [Source: Publishing Perspectives]

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS

With audiobooks, busy people could be even busier, and masters of the universe could also dominate work functions with lightly erudite small talk. [Source: The Baffler]

AUDIOBOOKS: THE HAPPY MEDIUM OF SPOKEN-WORD LITERATURE

Audio, I discovered, was not a substitute for reading; it was a powerful accompaniment. [Source: Irish Times]

MILLENNIALS AND GENERATION Z DRIVE AUDIOBOOK LISTENERSHIP

The ease and availability of audiobooks to be taken along via a personal device makes this a more common choice than print or ebooks for multitasking and reading. [Source: Bookriot]