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Audible’s ‘Stories that Surround You’ Would Surely Persuade You to Read
June 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

audibleEmma Cox Harrowing is the present state of the American reading population. According to a survey conducted by the international Internet-based market research firm YouGov for children’s publisher Scholastic, the number of young American readers who read for fun dropped by almost 10 percent this year. Unfortunately, even adults no longer care for written stories. A Pew Research study said that nearly a quarter of the American adult population had not even thought of picking up a book in 2014. However, here’s a piece of good news. The number of Americans returning to reading is...

Weekend Links: Kobo Glo discontinued. Five best audiobook services
March 1, 2015 | 12:19 pm

audiobookThe Kobo Glo is Now Discontinued (GoodeReader) The Glo is now officially discontinued. *** Five Best Audiobook Services (Lifehacker) This week, we're looking at five of the best audiobook services, based on your nominations. *** How Authors Can Build Content Communities (Digital Book World) Digital technology is changing the way we read, but it’s also changing the way we write. How can authors take advantage of this? *** Digital Feminism: Righting the Gender Divide for Authors on Wikipedia (Book Riot) We here at Book Riot came up with a list of women writers who need entries (or more extensive entries) on Wikipedia (though there are SO MANY MORE). *** Kindle Daily...

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...

Audible.com offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications
February 14, 2015 | 10:45 am

Audible has a great selection of audiobook downloads, and reasonable prices—especially if you buy during one of their frequent sales, using the discount offer for buying them together with certain Kindle e-books, or using one of their monthly credits. But since Audible’s books contain DRM, in some respect they are only as good as their player—which, sadly, is not all that great. I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It’s something I can do during the parts of my day job that don’t require a lot of brainpower, and it’s fun to hear a good book reading....

App Review: Smart AudioBook Player for Android
January 26, 2015 | 11:11 am

smart audiobook playerIt finally dawned on me late last year that Overdrive MP3 audio books are DRM-free. Yes, I'd known that fact on some level, but I still listened to the books in the Overdrive app, which is okay but not great. Plus it often takes me longer than three weeks to finish an audiobook, so I was only checking out short ones (less than 10 hours). Once I processed the implications of DRM-free audio books (Hooray! I can check out long books!), I started looking for an audiobook player app and found Smart AudioBook Player. It has great reviews and offers a...

Morning Links: Reading diversely. Audiobooks benefiting from podcast boom?
January 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

audiobooksReading Diversely FAQ, Part 2 (Book Riot) It’s no secret that diversity in reading is an important value at Book Riot. We write about it so often, in fact, that we’ve noticed that the same questions come up again and again from our readers in the comment sections of those posts... *** Are Audiobooks Benefitting From the Current Podcast Boom? (Simon Owens) Did you hear the news? Podcasts, once a niche product, are now “booming.” Due partially to the success of Serial, the This American Life spin-off podcast reinvestigating a 1999 murder in Baltimore, the medium has now made its way into the “cultural...

Morning Links: Subscription services viable in 2015? 2015 year of multiple apps on one screen?
December 26, 2014 | 10:45 am

scribd logo subscription servicesDemand for Audiobooks Keeps Penguin Random House Recording (NPR) Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out. *** Will Subscription eBook Sites Continue to be Viable in 2015? (GoodeReader) One of the big trends of 2014 was the emergence of subscription services, where you pay a monthly fee and get access to thousands of e-books. Amazon Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, Entitle and Scribd have all gained the support of indie authors and publishers. How viable are their business models and will they continue to grow in 2015,...

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...

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