United Kingdom: Book/Ebook/Audiobook Sales


The link below is to an article that reports on book/ebook/audiobook sales in the United Kingdom – the big winner? Audiobooks.

For more visit:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/26/new-chapter-uk-print-book-sales-fall-while-audiobooks-surge-43

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DeepZen


The link below is to an article that takes a look at DeepZen, a project that aims to turn ebooks into audiobooks.

For more visit:
https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/deepzen-will-allow-authors-to-turn-ebooks-into-audiobooks

Latest Scribd News


The links below are to articles reporting on the latest news from Scribd (the most recent articles are at the top).

For more visit:
https://publishingperspectives.com/2019/06/scribd-rolls-out-snapshot-samplers-of-key-insights-from-nonfiction-books/
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/scribd-snapshots-book-previews/
https://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/scribd-launches-new-preview-system-for-audiobooks-and-ebooks

Audiobooks and Listening While Driving


The links below are to articles on audiobooks, and the joys and perils of listening while driving.

For more visit:
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-wilentz-listening-audio-books-20190414-story.html
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-audio-books-distracted-driving-20190418-story.html

Spotify Word: Stream audiobooks, podcasts poetry and more for free


The eBook Evangelist

If you are looking for free audio content, Spotify’s Word genre offers a diverse of spoken word materials, podcasts, audiobooks, poetry , short stories and more.  Right now the collection is somewhat small, but is growing.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

  • A collection of public domain audiobooks including works like The Great Gatsby and The Secret Garden.
  • An interesting selection of poetry, including readings by Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost and W.B. Yeats.
  • A diverse literature and short story selection, ranging from Dickens to Russian and French literature.
  • Radio dramasand spoken word performances in crime, sci-fi and vintage categories. (There’s even an selection of audio dramas from the sci-fi classic, Blake’s 7.)
  • A collection of speeches, including famous speeches by Martin Luther King, Joseph Campbell and Noam Choamsky.
  • Want to learn a foreign language? There are lessons in audio courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and even Irish.
  • There…

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