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Complete Guide to audiobooks on iPhone and iPad

Complete Guide to audiobooks on iPhone and iPad | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's everything you need to know about buying and listening to audiobooks on your iPhone or iPad
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Amazon Matchmaker pairs Audible audiobooks with Kindle ebooks for $3.95 or less

Amazon Matchmaker pairs Audible audiobooks with Kindle ebooks for $3.95 or less | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon wants to bundle Kindle ebook purchases with Audible audiobooks. The company has announced a new shopping tool called "Matchmaker" that scans your ebook library and find which ones are...
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Audiobooks are more Popular in Germany than eBooks | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

Audiobooks are more Popular in Germany than eBooks | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Digital book adoption rate is growing in Germany with many people now own a dedicated e-Reader or at least considering to buy one. In a recent ann
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Audible ends the program that gave authors $1 for every audiobook sold

Audible ends the program that gave authors $1 for every audiobook sold | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Digital audiobooks site Audible.com is ending the 18-month-old program that gave authors $1 for every audiobook sold.
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What’s the biggest obstacle facing Oyster, Next Issue, Spotify, et al?

I used to buy ebooks from Amazon but now I read almost exclusively on Oyster Books. Years ago I subscribed to a bunch of magazines and now I read all but one of them through Next Issue (The Week is the only exception). It wasn’t that long ago that I bought CDs and music tracks but now I’m mostly streaming through Spotify.

Since I’ve wholeheartedly embraced the content rental model, what’s preventing me from dumping Oyster for Scribd, Next Issue for Zinio or Spotify for Rdio?

The answer is “almost nothing.” All of these rental services face the enormous challenge of building customer loyalty. Since I don’t own the content and I’m on a month-to-month agreement with them, I can easily leave at any time. And when I switch, I leave almost nothing behind.

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How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks

How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Recorded books are now a billion-dollar business, which Amazon dominates perhaps like none other.
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"If you are a fan of audiobooks -- and the numbers of people who say they are has grown impressively in recent years -- the odds are that Amazon is your preferred place to shop. Of all the ways Amazon has come to dominate the book market, especially in the digital arena, its share of audiobook sales probably represents its most formidable pre-eminence.

At the last tally (now more than a year old), more than 60 percent of audiobooks were downloaded to digital devices, and nearly all of those came from Audible (an Amazon company) or through its long-standing license to supply audiobooks to Apple's iTunes. Amazon also owns Brilliance audio, the biggest producer of CD-based audiobooks. Audiobooks are now well over a billion-dollar business, and the available figures suggest that Amazon retains a far larger piece of that revenue than any other retailer."

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Library user numbers up 10000 as eBook usage rockets - This is Gloucestershire

Library user numbers up 10000 as eBook usage rockets - This is Gloucestershire | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Library user numbers up 10000 as eBook usage rockets This is Gloucestershire In 2011/12 there were about 267,000 library users but in 2012/13 that rose to 276,053.
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Almost 10,000 more people used libraries in the county in the last financial year than the previous one. And the increased use has been attributed to more take up of digital books and audiobooks. In 2011/12 there were about 267,000 library users but in 2012/13 that rose to 276,053.
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"Listening to Books is Cheating" and 7 More Myths About Audiobooks

"Listening to Books is Cheating" and 7 More Myths About Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is the inaugural post of The Audiophiles, a regular column in which contributors Rachel S. and Cassandra chat about the latest and greatest audiobooks
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"A few years back, I found myself in a situation where I needed to fold 300 origami peacocks in a very short window of time, and audiobooks became my bookish shame as I secretly listened to Jim Dale narrate Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while making thousands of tiny creases. For most of my reading life, I’d been waaaay too snobby about books to even think about “reading” audiobooks. But these days, I’m a commuting librarian who reads just as many books via audio as I do by print or ereader, and it’s made me a bit of an audiobook evangelist. Because YOU GUYS, audiobooks! They’re amazing!  Think about your favorite podcast of all time, then think about bingeing on 20 uninterrupted hours of the very best episode ever. What’s not to love?

Yet many of my bookish friends still resist audiobooks, which completely bums me out. So here’s my heartfelt attempt to dispel some widely believed myths about audiobooks and hopefully coax the audio-curious among you to explore how amazing and wonderful and revelatory they can be."

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