What's the value of membership to the APA?

The APA serves professionals who work in all corners of the audiobook publishing industry, from producers and studios to publishers to narrators...and beyond! Membership gives you an opportunity to directly connect with other industry professionals who can help you in your business endeavors. We'll also keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends in the industry.


The APA sponsors two surveys: an annual Sales Survey, which tracks the current sales trends in the marketplace, and the biennial Consumer Survey, which explores who's listening, how they are listening, and preference of audiobooks versus other forms of entertainment. Only members have access to the complete reports, which are valuable resources to understanding industry trends and aiding in strategic decision-making.

Promotional Opportunities

Because it's so important to keep audiobooks in the public eye, the APA takes consumer awareness very seriously and has several dedicated campaigns throughout the year to help promote audiobook listening. Many times, we call upon our members to help us provide materials for these campaigns, allowing them to promote their own products in our effort to raise consumer awareness.

The Audies Competition & Awards Gala

Every year, the APA honors the best titles in audio publishing at an awards gala. Awards are bestowed in a range of categories, including the coveted Audiobook of the Year which recognizes excellence in production combined with strong sales and marketing. Rights holders submit their titles to this competition each summer.

Speed Dating

Several times a year, the APA organizes a Speed Dating opportunity for narrators to meet producers. APA member narrators submit a demo and enter a lottery to be one of 15-20 narrators selected each time to meet one-on-one with 15-20 member director/producers.


Gain visibility and network with professionals from this growing industry by sponsoring or exhibiting at APA events. Learn how you can be an annual sponsor and partner with us throughout the year!

Member Calls & Webinars

Throughout the year, the APA holds educational webinars and member calls to help our members succeed and learn best practices for everything from social media interaction to combating piracy. We try to make sure we're covering information that's relevant to our members of all levels, and encourage our members to contact us about topics they'd like to see presented.


In addition to APA’s online membership directory, which allows industry professionals to find their peers and make connections, the APA holds member socials frequently during the year to allow members of all levels to connect, network, and just chat about the industry in a relaxed environment. Sip wine and meet with publishers, producers, narrators, and even media members while enjoying small plates and a good time!

The APA Conference (APAC)

The APA's annual conference is the premiere event for audiobook professionals. APAC, which is traditionally held in conjunction with Book Expo America, gives attendees the opportunity to share ideas and gather solutions from fellow colleagues, as well as learn from experts on topics and issues pertinent to the industry.

Director Diagnostics

Usually offered in conjunction with the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC), Director Diagnostics connects member narrators with director/producers to read a 3-4 minute piece and get immediate performance notes (and potentially connect for casting).

Monthly E-Newsletter and News Roundup

Distributed monthly via e-mail, the newsletter details APA’s current activities and promotions. The news roundup brings members up to speed on where audiobooks are seen in the press.

How much does it cost to join?

We offer multiple membership levels to accommodate the various types of professionals in the industry. Get a full breakdown of membership levels and to determine your best fit.