Monthly Archives: December 2012

APA Surveys Show Growth in Audiobook Sales

Adam Boretz -- December 31st, 2012

The Audio Publishers Association conducted two surveys that reveal the industry’s continued growth and highlight the value of audiobooks to the consumer marketplace.

The annual APA Sales Survey compiled reports from audio publisher sales in the year 2011. Additionally, the 2012 Consumer Survey, “Understanding the Audiobook Buyer in the Digital Age,” was conducted to find out more qualitative information about the behaviors and attitudes of the audiobook listener.

“What these surveys confirm is that audiobooks continue to tap into consumers’ need for a convenient way to support their active lifestyles. Audio publishers pioneered the digital publishing movement and we continue to grow and produce more every year in this era, while continuing to support the formats long appreciated by the listening public,” said Michele Cobb, APA President.

Here’s a sampling of the Survey Results:

What is the size of the audiobook market?

  • According to the consumer survey, audiobooks’ appeal has expanded. Forty-six percent of consumer survey respondents have listened to an audiobook at some point (compared to 37 percent in the previous study in 2010) and 24 percent have listened to an audiobook in the last year (compared to 19 percent in the previous study).
  • The results of the sales survey showed unit sales of audiobooks in 2011 were up 13 percent since 2010. The estimated size of the audiobook industry is now $1.2 billion.

Who is listening? Continue reading


Behind the Audio: Jackie Collins

Adam Boretz -- December 20th, 2012

Today in Behind the Audio, we take a look at Jackie Collins’s The Power Trip, which is set on a luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas and narrated — in part — by the bestselling author!

Check out this video — some of it is slightly NSFW — of Collins in the studio recording the audio edition, which is comes out in February from Macmillan Audio.


Behind the Audio: The Diviners

Adam Boretz -- December 19th, 2012

Today, in Behind the Audio, we take a look at Libba Bray’s The Diviners with a pair of behind-the-scenes videos from Random House Audio featuring Bray, narrator January LaVoy, producer Dan Zitt and director David Rapkin.

Up for discussion is everything from the audition process and choosing LaVoy as the narrator to voicing the book’s dozens of characters.


‘Tis the Season for the Naxos A Christmas Carol App

Adam Boretz -- December 18th, 2012

Christmas? There’s an app for that.

Naxos AudioBooks recently launched a self-contained audiobook app — the first in a new series — for Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol.

The app — which features e-book text so listeners can read along with the audiobook and informative notes about the novel — features a recording of A Christmas Carol narrated by Anton Lesser, a British actor who has worked at at the National Theatre, and is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and can be purchased at iTunes, the Amazon Appstore, and Google Play.

Up next for Naxos is an audiobook app for King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.


AudioGO Hosts Kitchen Round Table Lunch

Adam Boretz -- December 14th, 2012

A place setting from the Kitchen Round Table Lunch.

AudioGO yesterday hosted an intimate lunch to celebrate the release of Kitchen Round Table — an audiobook featuring conversations with food luminaries such as Lidia Bastianich, Madhur Jaffrey, Judith Jones, Betty Fussell, and Deb Perelman.

At Felidia in New York City, Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and chef/restaurateur Marja Samsom met with members of the press to discuss Kitchen Round Table.

Up for discussion was everything from earliest food memories and how complicated recipes can be simplified to stories about memorable gourmet feasts and unforgettable meals.

Marja Samsom at the Kitchen Round Table Lunch.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and to get your copy of Kitchen Round Table today.


Holiday Audio From Simon & Schuster

Adam Boretz -- December 13th, 2012

In the market for a great holiday listen? Well, Simon & Schuster Audio has got what you need.

Check out the following classic holiday titles — and the corresponding audio excerpts.

All year long Lily and Liam look forward to Christmas on their grandparents’ farm. It’s always the perfect trip — walking to the lilac library, trimming the tree, giving gifts. But this year, thanks to a white cow alone in the meadow, things will be different. This Christmas, Lily and Liam will find out the meaning of a true gift.

A holiday classic as you’ve never heard it before. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to life in Patrick Stewart’s critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of A Christmas Carol to sell-out audiences. Now, in this studio recording, Stewart invites listeners to rediscover the timeless story.

This story of a widow and the young family that moves in with her was written in 1992 by Richard Paul Evans, who wrote the novella for his two daughters and made 20 copies to give to friends and family as Christmas gifts. In the following weeks those 20 copies were passed from family member to family member, and from friend to friend. That novella went on to become an international bestseller.

Pastor Rick Warren’s latest title helps listeners rediscover the true meaning of Christmas just in time for the holidays.

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury brings listeners a story of two couples that find love and meaning in a bookstore, and that are changed by the sort of miracle that can only happen at Christmas — the miracle of a second chance.


12 Days of Audio, 12 Days of Listening

Adam Boretz -- December 12th, 2012

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the audiobook fan in your life, then look no further than Random House Audio’s “12 Days of Audio” and “12 Days of Listening” Gift Guides.

The company is recommending five titles per day per imprint — each set geared toward a different types of listener.

So far, Random House has offered up:

12 Days of Audio: For Friends and Family Obsessed with the Apocalypse

12 Days of Audio: For the Sports Fan In Your Life

12 Days of Listening: For the Sleuth

And that’s just the beginning. Plus, you can enter to win a selection of titles from the Gift Guides. So be sure to check back with Random House Audio every day — and don’t forget to connect with them via Facebook or Twitter.


Free Audiobook Alert: God Is in the Manger

Adam Boretz -- December 11th, 2012

It’s free audiobook time again over at christianaudio.

This month, the company’s free audio download is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas.

The audiobook is narrated by Arthur Morey, and contains forty devotions that guide readers thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas.

Get your free copy RIGHT HERE.


Audio Bestsellers: Through 12.02.12

Adam Boretz -- December 10th, 2012

Well, it didn’t take long for Bill O’Reilly to regain his crown on PW’s Audio Bestseller List, as Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio) again grabs the #1 spot.

In at #2 is Michael Connelly’s The Black Box, narrated by Michael McConnohie for Hachette Audio.

Dropping to #3 is the latest in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Notorious Nineteen, narrated by Lorelei King for Random House Audio, and still sitting at #4 is the unabridged version of John Grisham’s The Racketeer (read by J.D. Jackson for Random House Audio).

Rounding out the Top 5 is David Baldacci’s The Forgotten, which is narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy and available from Hachette Audio.

For the complete list of Audio Bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.


Audio Bestsellers: Through 11.25.12

Adam Boretz -- December 5th, 2012

The King is dead. Long live the Queen.

After eight weeks of dominance, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio) finally relinquished the top spot on PW’s Audio Bestseller List, dropping to #2.

The new #1 is the latest installment in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Notorious Nineteen, narrated by Lorelei King for Random House Audio.

At #3 this week is David Baldacci’s The Forgotten, which is narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy and available from Hachette Audio.

The unabridged version of John Grisham’s The Racketeer (read by J.D. Jackson for Random House Audio) comes in at #4, and sitting at #5 is Glenn Beck’s Agenda 21 (Simon & Schuster Audio), which is narrated by January LaVoy and Adam Grupper.

For the complete list of Audio Bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.