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Question of the Day:

If people who read books on paper are called bookworms, then are people who
listen to cassette books called tapeworms?


Listen Up!


Audio books are considered to be the fastest-growing segment in the publishing industry, growing 75 percent since 1995 and representing $2 billion in annual sales, according to the Audio Publishers Association (APA).



May 2004

The Annual Audie Awards Gala will be held on Friday, June 4, 2004 in the fabulous Winter Garden of the Chicago Public Library (400 South State Street, Chicago, IL  60605).  The building's architecture is quite remarkable, and is easily accessed from all of the downtown hotels. The Winter Garden is a lovely space with a vaulted glass ceiling, and it will allow for comfortable seating and full views for all of our guests.   The cocktail hour will be held in their main lobby, which features marble floors, an intricately designed ceiling, a colorful mosaic by Jacob Lawrence, and a view of the Houston Conwill cosmogram on the lower level.  

Save the date, and plan for an elegant evening of celebration with you colleagues and competitors.  Invitations will be sent out closer to the date, but we can tell you that this year members will have the option of buying half of a premium table, on a limited basis.   

All individual ticket sales will be general admission seating only -- there is no reserved seating without the purchase of a Corporate Sponsorship Package.  If you wish to reserve a table of 10 or a half table of 5 for your organization, please contact APA Headquarters at 703-556-7172 or . Tickets and tables will be on sale beginning February 2004. We are anticipating a sold-out event -- please plan accordingly.


October 2003


Hot off the Press: The new 2003-2004 Books on Tape, Inc. ( catalog which features hundreds of affordable unabridged titles for sale or rental. Remember, they offer a 5% discount when you order over the internet!



June 2003


May 31, 2003 The APA released the results of a new consumer study, the 2001 Audiobooks Biennial Market Survey. A sampling of the findings:


&    Roughly one in five American households listened to an audiobook within the last year.


& The average audiobook listener earns 25% more than non-listeners, has a higher level of education and is more likely to hold a professional and managerial position than a non-listener.


&    Cars, particularly among commuters, are still the dominant place that consumers listen to audiobooks. Each week, audiobooks are listened to an average of 4.4 hours in the car, 3.6 hours at home, 2 hours at work, 2 hours while exercising, 1.1 on mass transit when used in each of these locations.


&    38% of audiobooks are borrowed from libraries, 37% are purchased, 10% are received as gifts and the rest are borrowed (9%) and rented (6%).


& 28% of listeners rank Mystery/Horror/Suspense as their favorite audiobook genre.



June is Audiobook Month! Spread the word about this alternative way to enjoy books. The poster sponsored by the APA reads: "A Good Book Speaks for Itself." I couldn't agree more.


The 9th Annual Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) will  be held in Los Angeles on May 29th. Winners:


Fiction, Abridged Jackdaws, by Ken Follett, read by Barbara Rosenblat and Colin Stinton (Penguin Audiobooks)


Fiction, Unabridged Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by Kristoffer Tabori (Audio Renaissance)


Mystery, Fiction Jolie Blon's Bounce, by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Science Fiction Dune: Butlerian Jihad, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, read by Scott Brick (Books on Tape, Inc.)


Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction Hidden Victory, by Herbert Francis Smith, S.J., read by Richard Ferrone (Recorded Books, LLC)


Classic The Short Stories of W.S. Maugham, Vol. 2, by William Somerset Maugham, read by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)


Non-Fiction, Abridged A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, read by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Non-Fiction, Unabridged 3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It, by Sean Flynn, read by Richard Rohan (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)


Biography/Memoir Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox, read by Michael J. Fox (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Personal Development/Motivational Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, read by Kent M. Keith (Putnam Berkley Audio)


Business Information/Educational The Art of Profitability, by Adrian Slywotzky, read by Scott Mosenson and Jack Ong, with an introduction by Adrian Slywotzky (Time Warner AudioBooks)


Children's Titles For Ages 0-7 The Blues of Flats Brown, by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Nina Laden, read by Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)


Children's Titles For Ages 8+ Troy, by Adéle Geras, read by Miriam Margolyes (Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio)


Inspirational/Spiritual Conversations with God for Teens, by Neale Donald Walsch, read by Neale Donald Walsch, Alanis Morissette, and LeVar Burton with a full cast (Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio)


Humor Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, by Peter Ackerman, read by Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Kind, Clea Lewis, Alan Mandell, Mandy Siegfried, and Joey Slotnik (L.A. Theatre Works)


Poetry Good Poems, selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor, read by Garrison Keillor and poets (HighBridge)


Short Stories/Collections Classic Women's Short Stories, by Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, and Virginia Woolf, read by Carole Boyd, Liza Ross, and Teresa Gallagher (Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd.)


Original Work Getting to Know William Shakespeare, by Joy Wake, read by Fred Child (Echo Peak Productions)


Solo Narration - Male Frank Muller, Tishomingo Blues, by Elmore Leonard (Recorded Books, LLC)


Solo Narration - Female Barbara Rosenblat, Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood, by Kate Simon (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.)


Solo Narration by the Author or Authors Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow (Random House Audio Publishing)


Multi-Voiced Performance Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates, read by Hilary Swank & Chad Lowe (HarperCollins Publishers)


Audio Drama The Guys, by Anne Nelson, read by Swoosie Kurtz & Bill Irwin (Random House Audible)


Fiction or Non-Fiction, Licensed or Distributed Two Plays for Voices, by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian Dennehy, Bebe Neuwirth and a full cast (HarperCollins Publishers)


Package Design John Adams, by David McCullough, read by Nelson Runger (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Achievement in Production The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis, read by a full cast (Focus on the Family)


Lynne Thigpen died at her home on March 12, 2003. You might have known her as Ella Farmer on the CBS show The District,  but she was also a critically acclaimed audio book narrator for Recorded Books, Inc. She recorded such works as Jazz, Sula, The Bluest Eyes, Paradise, The Women of Brewster Place, Tar Baby, Zeely, and Song of Solomon. She was awarded a place in AudioFile's Golden Voices for the year 2000. Ms. Thigpen was 54.


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