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Review: Scribd update and audiobooks
November 17, 2014 | 2:30 pm

scribd book discoveryRecently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let's start with finding an audiobook. While I have never had a problem finding an eBook I wanted to read in Scribd, I feel like I struggle when looking for audiobooks. The site uses the same discovery system as with eBooks, and with over 30K audiobooks available, you'd think I'd be able to find something with ease. Not so much. Let me point...

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible
November 6, 2014 | 9:30 am

scribdScribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today's announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of...

Zombies, Run! and The Walk cross a pedometer with audiobooks
July 13, 2014 | 2:35 pm

Screenshot_2014-07-13-14-28-56Mobile technology is really bringing about some interesting new forms of gaming, isn’t it? Lately I’ve been experimenting with an Android/iOS smartphone game called “Zombies, Run!” while I play Ingress. I had heard from friends that it was a pretty good game, and after finding out that it worked just as well on a bicycle as on foot, I decided to give it a shot. The premise of Zombies, Run! is that you’re “Runner 5,” a rather quiet military operative sent in to help a small settlement called Able Township by running missions to fetch supplies, deliver messages, and...

Morning Roundup: Thinking while listening to audiobooks, More gadgets, less energy?
June 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThings I Think About While Listening to Audiobooks (Book Riot) I’m not the only one with audiobook questions, I can’t be, because so many of us listen to audiobooks, and some other people must have questions too? Do you share my questions? What are yours? *** Content was What was Holding Back Japanese eBook Market, Not Twice-Shy Customers (The Digital Reader) In a country  that invented the idea of cellphone novels, developed the first E-ink ereader, and has gadget-loving consumers who commute long distances everyday, it is a little odd that ebooks didn’t explode in Japan long before the Kindle launched in the US....

Morning Roundup: Afraid of cheap ebooks? Dedicated audiobooks app for romance fans
June 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

cheap ebooksWho's Afraid of Very Cheap Books? (David Gaughran) A common meme in publishing is that cheap ebooks are destroying the world or literature, and that low prices are undermining the viability of publishing or writers’ ability to make a living. *** Dedicated Audiobooks App for Romance Fans Coming to iOS (GoodeReader) Audiobooks.com, the streaming and downloading audiobook service for fans of the format, announced its new dedicated romance app that will put bestselling steamy titles in one easily found location. *** Toronto Library Offers Store-Quality Book Printing to Customers (CBC) The Asquith Press, costing about $68,000, sounds like a photocopier while it works, but the Plexiglas sides...

Morning Roundup: Audies-Oscars of audiobook world? Tour an Amazon fulfillment center
April 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

audiesWhat Makes a Good App Great? (Teachers with Apps) This past week I had the pleasure of coming across a sensational new app and it got me thinking about what does an app need to make it an exceptional educational experience. *** How the Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World (Book Riot) By choosing three non-narrators for an honor as “prestigious” as “Audiobook of the Year,” the Audies are really doing a great disservice to all the professionals out there that have done phenomenal work in the last year. *** Tour an Amazon Fulfillment Centre (Amazon) See what happens after you click buy. *** Encyclopedia...

Booktrack announces Series A funding, expansion into education
April 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

BooktrackBooktrack, the startup company that adds soundtracks to ebooks, has announced its expansion into educational applications, as well as details of its recently completed Series A funding round. For those unfamiliar with the terminology of venture capital, Series A generally designates the first serious institutional round of VC investment into a startup, following angel investment and seed rounds, hence indicating that the company has now proven its proposition and is ready for expansion. And Booktrack came in right in the usual range for this level of investment, at $3 million in financing led by Sparkbox Ventures. According to the release, Booktrack will...

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit
March 7, 2014 | 10:24 am

After fan fiction and online writers' circles, now it's the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights to the upcoming Welcome to Night Vale novelization have been picked up by Orbit UK in what the publisher itself describes as "a heated auction last month" from "Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US," following the announcement in December 2013 that Harper Perennial...

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings
March 3, 2014 | 8:25 pm

humblelogoRemember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting facts. It turns out that the first two pay-what-you-want Humble E-Book Bundles were actually organized by Cory Doctorow. Not a big surprise given their DRM-free nature. The problem was that DRM-free nature meant Macmillan (whose Tor subsidiary had already gone DRM-free) was the only Big Five publisher willing to...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they're phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...

Morning Roundup: Loving Audiobooks, Kindle for Android Updated with Collections and more
December 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThe Year I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Audiobooks (Book Riot) This year is the year I fell head over heels for audiobooks. There’s no way I won’t always think of this year that way. It’s the year I spent seven and a half hours on the road to and from work each week listening to other people read to me in my car. *** Daphne Du Maurier Books go Digital for Rebecca's 75th Birthday (GalleyCat) Daphne du Maurier's timeless novel Rebecca is turning 75 this year, and to celebrate Little, Brown and Company is publishing 27 of the author’s titles digitally for...

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...