Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June is Audiobook Month!

Audiobooks are more popular than ever and the month of June is officially Audiobook Month.  According to the Audio Publishing Association (APA), 25% of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year.  Audiobook listeners tend to be avid readers who listen to audio when they are not able to read.  In fact, 94% of audiobook listeners had read a book in the past year vs. 70% of non-audiobook listeners.

More 'fun' facts from the APA -- most people listen in their cars but people are also listening while they are exercising, cooking, gardening -- and even at work.  (Shhh!  We won't tell.)  And the average audiobook listener spends about 5 hours a week listening.

I've been a narrator (and listener) at LibriVox for over 4 years. Just a few of my favorite narrators there are Karen Savage, Elizabeth Klett, Cori Samuel and Andy Minter. I would recommend any of their solos. As for solo titles I've recorded, I would recommend Edna Ferber's Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed, Miriam Michelson's In the Bishop's Carriage and The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain. Remember, all the content at LibriVox is free and you often have more than one 'choice of voice' as we call it if you would like to listen to a classic.

While most people obtain their audiobooks via sites like Audible, please remember that Iambik Audio offers a great place to find those little gems from small and independent publishers. While our titles are available through Audible, it's less expensive if you purchase them directly from the Iambik website.

Iambik will be rolling out our third set of literary fiction in a couple of weeks. Of course, I'll post about that here but in the mean time, keep listening!

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