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Saturday, January 30, 2010 1:23 pm
Survey time!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Audiobooks as a physical format: dead or alive? BookScan reports a 19% drop in the purchase of audiobooks in 2009. A recent Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot showed that physical sales of audiobooks took a hard hit, while print format sales had only a mild drop in the poor economic climate. Was this a true decline in audiobook listening or simply a reflection of the shift from purchasing audiobooks as CDs, MP3 disc, Playaways, or cassettes (yes, they do still exist)?  I’m curious about the shift from physical to digital for audiobook listeners. Take a moment to answer the survey below – look for the answers at the end of next week!

5 Responses to “Survey time!”
  1. Danielle Says:

    May be people would buy audiobooks if they were not so expensive.

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  3. Donna Says:

    I was happy to find this blog. Although I’d never seen the phrase, Physical/Digital Divide, I’ve been aware that it’s out there. I still love to hold a book in my hand, but it’s kind of hard to do when I’m knitting.

  4. Mike Marlin Says:

    Audio books on CD are cumbersome and fraught with difficulty for vision impaired clientele since they cannot be restarted in the same place when CD player is shut off. Also, there’s no point in multiple discs when you can put one or more books on a flash drive, digital cartridge, or as a virtual file.

  5. Audiobook Blog – Audiobooker, by Mary Burkey – Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Let’s get digital? Audiobook survey results Says:

    [...]   So for your viewing enjoyment, here’s a visual representation of the response to my January 30, 2009 survey. And if you have any ideas for a future survey, leave a comment. I’m always up for another [...]


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