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These guys set up an entirely new breed of VC fund in Stockholm - and are investing in audiobooks...

These guys set up an entirely new breed of VC fund in Stockholm - and are investing in audiobooks... | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
"We want to be a complement [in between] business angels and the international VC funds."
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The fund’s first investment is Stockholm-based Kitab Sawti, an audio book company focusing on the Arabic market. Stockholm VC says it wants to invest in 30 companies in the coming years.
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Serial Box Has New Funding for Audio Bundling as a 'Publishing Studio'

Serial Box Has New Funding for Audio Bundling as a 'Publishing Studio' | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Tapping into the robust audiobook market, Molly Barton announces a key new investor: Boat Rocker Media can leverage Serial Box's content for television and film production.
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Want to Read Michael Lewis’s Next Work? You’ll Be Able to Listen to It First - The New York Times

A growing group of successful authors, including Michael Lewis and Robert Caro, are releasing audio originals, hoping to take advantage of the exploding audiobook market.
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Oh the times, they are a changin'...
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Listening to Audiobooks Is Just As Good As Reading, If Not Better, So Back the Hell Off

Listening to Audiobooks Is Just As Good As Reading, If Not Better, So Back the Hell Off | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Alex Watt offers a humorous defense of listening to audiobooks versus reading physical books.
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Apple and Amazon end decade-long audiobook exclusivity deal

Apple and Amazon end decade-long audiobook exclusivity deal | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes.
The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003
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Celebrating the life of our friend, Bob Deyan

Celebrating the life of our friend, Bob Deyan | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
When we remember Bob Deyan, we should remember him as he would have liked to be remembered… not with heavy hearts, discouraged by the ALS that brought this big-hearted man down, but rather with a s...
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I'm very sad to have to post this, and very glad to have known him...

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BBC trials IP Studio at Commonwealth Games with dramatic storytelling consequences

BBC trials IP Studio at Commonwealth Games with dramatic storytelling consequences | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

What would a live studio need if it worked directly on IP networks? That was the task BBC R&D set itself with a project that began in 2012 and which will hit a peak when it plays a central role in the world’s first live end-to-end IP production in Ultra HD to be conducted at the Commonwealth Games.

 

IP has been used by many broadcasters, BBC included, to link a studio to remote locations but the missing piece has been an IP production experience using internet protocols to switch and mix the videos.

The BBC R&D trials conducted during the CWG next month promise to do just that, while also testing the limits of network performance by shunting 4K data around the UK in a collaborative production workflow – live.

 

“The concept is to introduce software and IP into the overall chain so it can be used alongside existing technology like DTT,” said Matthew Postgate, controller, BBC R&D. “IP will enable us to be more flexible with services we already produce, and longer-term, to introduce new kinds of services.”

 

BBC R&D describes IP Studio as an open source software framework for handling video, audio and data content, composed of off-the-shelf IT components and adhering to standards like IP packet synchronisation protocol IEEE1558.


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VoiceOverXtra: Johnny Heller Unofficial Guide to APAC - Audie Awards Gala

VoiceOverXtra: Johnny Heller Unofficial Guide to APAC - Audie Awards Gala | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
You\'ve got tickets to the Audio Publishers Association\'s Convention (APAC) and/or the Audies Gala in New York next week? Great! But arrive prepared. APAC panelist and double-Audie nominee Johnny Heller sets the stage with this unofficial - and sometimes irreverent - guide to what\'s what ...
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Recording and Producing Your First Audiobook

Recording and Producing Your First Audiobook | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Have you ever recorded an audiobook before? Producer Paul Fegan shares his experience working with a narrator on their first audiobook at Bitsixteen, Fegan's professional recording studio in Dublin, Ireland. Learn about what worked and also what Paul would have done differently! 

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Sitting at the Grownups' Table: PW Talks with Ross Ballard II | PW

Sitting at the Grownups' Table: PW Talks with Ross Ballard II | PW | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
As producer, director, sound engineer, and narrator, Ross Ballard II wears many hats for his independent audiobook publishing company.
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"We consider ourselves a boutique audiobook studio that can spot the diamonds in the rough, undiscovered books that the large Oprah Book Club type publishers won't touch. We give voice to works that would never see the light of diction if it weren't for us. I'm constantly amazed at how many really good authors with good books are going begging for attention from publishers that don't appear interested in discovering new writers. They seem happy enough to just continually pound their audiences with the same genre and slap a known name on every book their selling...


We record a different set of "night fighters" -- authors who toil away at their day jobs then burn the midnight oil creating wonderful characters and storylines. They are not artists starving for their breakfast. They are artists starving for attention. We like to point to these ink slingers and say "Ha! We found them first!""

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Amazon Acquires Partial Audiobook Catalog from Bankrupt AudioGo | The Digital Reader

Amazon solidified their position in audiobook publishing today. The Sunday Times (paywall) reports that Amazon has licensed the back catalog from the bankrupt audiobook publisher AudioGo.
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The Bookseller reports that this deal only includes 5,000 titles, and that it won’t take effect until February.

 

AudioGo was one the leading audiobook publisher in the UK. Originally known as BBC Audiobooks, it was spun off in 2010 and sold to a group of private investors and venture capitalists. AudioGo currently has a catalog of over 10,000 titles, including audiobooks from leading authors like Dick Francis, J.K.Rowling, Stephen King, and more.

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Findaway World & Mackin Launch Audiobook Platform

Findaway World & Mackin Launch Audiobook Platform | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Librarians and teachers will have access to over 31,000 digital downloadable audiobooks through Mackin's MackinVIA platform.
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School distributor Mackin Educational Resources has joined with digital content provider Findaway World to provide access to over 31,000 digital downloadable audiobooks from Findaway through Mackin's MackinVIA platform.


Through the platform, librarians and teachers will have the ability to choose from a selection children’s and young adult titles that can be either streamed to a computer or downloaded to a mobile device through the MackinVIA app.

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Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream

Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
With more people carrying smartphones and digital devices, audiobooks are becoming more affordable, more accessible and more popular.
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“I read all the time. It’s all I do. I have on my smartphone, 34, at the moment, 34 recorded books. I got up today and it was pitch-dark in downtown Provo and I went for my morning walk listening to a book. And I’ll drive back to Salt Lake City Airport listening to a book. I shaved this morning listening to a book. I go through three hours of listening to books a day. I go through 70 books a year. Over a decade, that’s 700 books — adds up — and a little bit of it sticks,” the Pulitzer Prize-winner said. “So read. Read, read, read more.”

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Angela Quach's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:03 PM

This article speaks mostly of the pros of ebooks. Coming from a news site, they seem quite reliable, and they do update often. 

 

This article seems much too focused on the pros, and is definitely biased, though it does make good key points. It fails to show the negative sides of eBook, and though the con below is more my opinion than anything, I still believe it is one thing taken away when books are not read by us, but by another to us.

 

Books are now being read to us instead of being printed; it is convenient for those who need to multitask. However, the power of imagination is slowly deteriorating when someone else reads it to us, and it makes the reading just a little less fun.

Angela Quach's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:31 PM

This article is from yet another reliable news site that updates quite often. The article is better than the first, and it does discuss one of the negative sides for ebooks.

 

Ebooks are prospering, and that is good, since it has become much easier on the consumers' pockets, especially with this time and economy. 

 

However, since ebooks prosper and are more convenient, nobody buys books, and hence the bookstores lose business and are in decline. Borders had claimed bankruptcy, one of many bookshops to fall into the pits.

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Industry Notes: Princeton Press Opens Audio Division

Industry Notes: Princeton Press Opens Audio Division | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

Princeton University Press announces its PUP Audio division with four frontlist titles for the fall. 

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VoiceOverXtra - Audiobook Sales Jump To Over $2.5 Billion In 2017

VoiceOverXtra - Audiobook Sales Jump To Over $2.5 Billion In 2017 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
A six-year trend of double-digit growth in the audiobook industry propelled sales to over $2.5 billion in 2017, and a 21.5% jump in the number of units sold, according to estimates from the Audio Publishers Association\'s (APA) annual sales survey. And a corresponding APA survey of consumers who listen to audiobooks reveals much about those listeners\' preferences, including most popular genre
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Scribd’s new unlimited plan for audiobooks and e-books might be an avid reader’s dream –

Scribd’s new unlimited plan for audiobooks and e-books might be an avid reader’s dream – | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Avid audiobook nerds tired of dealing with Audible’s nonsense or long library queues now have a new way to get a steady stream of the good stuff. Scribd just announced it will be reinstating …
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Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
From the outside, it looks like another suburban house. But inside it's Deyan Audio Services, a pioneer audiobook maker.
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In Germany, audiobooks are insanely popular and the voice actors are rock stars

In Germany, audiobooks are insanely popular and the voice actors are rock stars | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

Each year, Germans buy more audiobooks than e-books, and the voice actors are as big as rock stars.

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This past summer, 20,000 Germans filled a Berlin stadium just to listen to the most popular audiobook series. Tomas Urbinagets inside the audiobook craze. 

 
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It’s Like Giving a TED Talk – Improving Your Non-Fiction Audiobook Narration Technique - Coach for Actors and Audio Book Narrators

It’s Like Giving a TED Talk – Improving Your Non-Fiction Audiobook Narration Technique - Coach for Actors and Audio Book Narrators | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
A funny thing can happen when you tell a narrator that they’re going to be recording a “Non-Fiction, Audiobook”, because what many of them hear is “Non-Acting, Audiobook.”
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A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry | Underwire | WIRED

A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry | Underwire | WIRED | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The rise of digital audiobooks has created more work than ever for book narrators. But the availability of subscription serves has left less cash for production costs—just ask Caddyshack alum Peter Berkrot.
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Thanks to Amy Rubinate for the heads-up on this...

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Why is Audiobook Narration So Popular? | Edge Studio

Why is Audiobook Narration So Popular? | Edge Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
In some countries, much more than maybe in the US, it’s considered gauche at a social occasion to ask a stranger, “What do you do?” But at a meet-and-greet of voice over professionals, it’s understandably standard procedure.
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Home Course Study with Patrick Fraley :: Better Read, Better Paid

Home Course Study with Patrick Fraley :: Better Read, Better Paid | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
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Better Read, Better Paid is a five-week course study that burrows into sophisticated insider techniques and methods to advance audiobook storytelling and dialogue skills.

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Recorded Books Gives Away $20,000 in Audiobooks | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Recorded Books Gives Away $20,000 in Audiobooks | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Recorded Books gives 20 libraries audiobook collections valued at $1,000 each as part of virtual trade show. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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“Our library is thrilled to win an audiobook collection from Recorded Books,” said Sally-Adrina Taylor, Rapid City Public Libraries, Public Services – Library Associate . “Audiobooks are a popular resource at our library, and we look forward to adding these titles to our collection for our patrons to enjoy.”

 

Recorded Books sponsored The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries and as part of the event, attendees were asked to complete a survey on library trends, which registered them for a chance to win a $1,000 audiobook collection.

 

“We are thrilled with the number of libraries we were able to support with this giveaway,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books CEO and President.

“Audiobooks continue to be a very important media for libraries and we gain great satisfaction in this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for the support we have received throughout the years,” Freese added.



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My Summer Job as an Audiobook Narrator

My Summer Job as an Audiobook Narrator | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
I recorded an audiobook for the first time this summer. I’ve waited until now to write about it because the release of the book was timed to coincide with this week’s 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
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November 2013 Audio Books: In the Studio

November 2013 Audio Books: In the Studio | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
This month, a former Secretary of Defense, a Tony Award nominee, Audie Award winners, actors, and authors will be heading to the studio to record audiobooks for the likes of Penguin, Hachette, and Naxos—just to name a few.
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