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Archive for April, 2011

Thu, April 28th, 2011
Back to the Future!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

This near-20-years-old video perfectly predicts today’s electronic newspapers. In fact, it’s so eerily prescient I fear it will be exposed as a hoax filmed last week as a YouTube prank! But then, where would they find those awesome 1990s shoulder-pad power-suits on the women in the video? Didn’t we all ritualistic burn those along with […]

Tue, April 26th, 2011
Audies Award Update
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Finalists for the most prestigious audiobook awards were announced today by the Audio Publishers Association. The three titles in the running for Audiobook of the Year, distinguished by excellence in production as well as by their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing,  are: * Life, by Keith […]

Mon, April 25th, 2011
Neil Gaiman recommends…
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Audiobooks as a way to battle the bulge. Diet tips from Gaiman? Nope. But he does note that Dickens + audiobook = exercise without boredom. Gaiman has a new-found love of the Audible phone app and Hugh Dickson’s narration of Bleak House. His twenty-five-pound weight loss has inspired Gaiman to remark, “Really, audiobooks do not […]

Wed, April 20th, 2011
Free library ebooks on Kindle via OverDrive!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Yay! Check out library ebooks for your Kindle or Kindle app later this year! The long-awaited announcement that Amazon and OverDrive, who manages digital checkouts for many libraries, have reached an agreement to allow download of library eBooks is finally here! Details will be forthcoming, but according to this story in today’s Publishers Weekly, we […]

Wed, April 20th, 2011
The Lorax game app – FREE on Earth Day
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Dr. Seuss’ classic turned into a game for  iPhone, iPad or Android, free this Friday, April 22.. Download the app from iTunes or the Android Marketplace to get an idea of how transmedia is changing the world of literature for today’s techie toddlers – and for you. Heck, even Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winner, A […]

Wed, April 13th, 2011
Gaiman fans, enter NOW!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Win a part in American Gods & get coached by NEIL HIMSELF. Enter Harper Audio’s contest via this website and keep your fingers crossed. The winner will be flown and hosted in NYC where the tenth-anniversary audiobook recording of American Gods will take place. You’ll have a credited speaking role, plus audiobook narrator (and author) […]

Mon, April 11th, 2011
Free Audiobook: Thoreau’s Walden
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Perfect for Earth Day listening – a free MP3 download of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, narrated by Mel Foster, courtesy of Tantor Audio. Just create a free account, and the download the 11 hrs 30 min audiobook of the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near […]

Thu, April 7th, 2011
Kiss Kid’s Spoken Word Grammy Goodby
Posted by: Mary Burkey

One less resource for audiobook selectors – the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album For Children has been eliminated in a reorganization. The Recording Academy has reduced the number of award categories, ending with 78 total awards from a past roster of 109. Here’s the complete press release:

Wed, April 6th, 2011
OverDrive App for BlackBerry
Posted by: Mary Burkey

On-the-go download of FREE audiobooks & ebooks from your public library for iPhone, Android,  iPad, iPod, Macs, PC and now BlackBerry. OverDrive Media, the largest provider of digital content to libraries, announces another resource for savvy consumers – an addition to the variety of FREE software and apps that allow users to check out digital […]

Wed, April 6th, 2011
Power to the Player!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Ever wonder if pricey batteries make a difference in your hand-held device? A recent study conducted at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute was reported on the dealnews blog by Mitch Lipka, with results that cheapskates like me have often suspected: the expensive batteries aren’t worth the bucks. There is one exception. The Energizer Advanced Lithium battery […]

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