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Archive for July, 2010

Thu, July 29th, 2010
OverDrive survey & State Library study
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Current conditions & future forecasts for digital downloads in libraries, both eBook & audiobook, hold interest for all who are trying to read the tea leaves in the bottom of the library budget cup. OverDrive posted some interesting numbers on their blog after surveying 5,000 users in June 2010: ~ 74% of users are female, […]

Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Today’s Video Break QBook
Posted by: Mary Burkey

On display at the Hong Kong Book Fair: iPad app QBook from Kiwi Media – another transmedia app with text-to-speech read-aloud storybooks, this time with a color-me-in, multi-language twist: Thanks to TeleRead for the link!

Wed, July 21st, 2010
Woody Allen on audiobooks
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Reflections on spoken word format in the NYT, from an author who has “zero interest in technology.” A short and illuminating piece wherein Allen ponders the death of the printed word: Woody Allen’s Talk Therapy: Audiobooks by a Technophobe by Dave Itzkoff

Tue, July 20th, 2010
Pillars of the Earth: Amplified, but with audio?
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Penguin’s iPad edition has video, music, and more but does it sync with the audiobook version? In the media blitz surrounding today’s release of Ken Follett’s No. 1 bestseller The Pillars of the Earth, what Penguin Publishing calls “…a dynamic user experience that complements the story,” there’s nothing that addresses my question: Does the $12.99 […]

Sat, July 17th, 2010
How many downloadable audiobooks & eBooks at your public library?
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Check out the stats in this interesting conversation going on at the MobileRead forum: After the question “How many e-books does your library offer?” was asked, respondents chimed in with totals gathered through an OverDrive search on their public library’s digital download site. Interesting numbers on eBooks in their various formats (the focus of […]

Fri, July 16th, 2010
Today’s Hi & Lois
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Audiobooks while you sleep? Summer reading made simple!

Thu, July 15th, 2010
A+ Audio: Odyssey Honor titles for FREE
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Treasure Island read by Alfred Molina & Bloody Jack read by Katherine Kellgren – both recognized by the American Library Association’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production – are yours for FREE for one week only, starting today. Anyone can download these two great family listening A+ Audios with no need for personal information […]

Mon, July 12th, 2010
Inside the Audiobook Studio: Bruce Coville & Tamora Pierce
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Full Cast Audio founder Coville and fantasy author Tamora Pierce made audiobook history when they collaborated on audiobook original Melting Stones, the first time an author’s work was completed and released as an audiobook before the publication of the print edition. Pierce directed the audiobook, and both she and her husband voiced characters in the […]

Thu, July 8th, 2010
App update & Android Audiobooks
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Adding to my posts on audiobook apps, Recorded Books just updated their list of  iTunes apps in this listing totaling 100 great selections of bestsellers, teen titles, and reviewer favorites. Sadly, as an Android phone user I can’t give a report on the iPhone usability – but would love to hear from readers who’ve downloaded […]

Thu, July 1st, 2010
Catch Up With Classics – for FREE
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Audiobooks make literary summer resolutions effortless and enjoyable. Salon magazine highlights the benefits of listening to all those books you skipped back in school in an article titled  “War and Peace Made Easy: Finally Get Around to Reading That Classic Novel This Summer by Listening to it Instead” by Laura Miller – a great overview […]

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