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20 Apr

Speaking of Audio: The Dreaded Summer Reading List

By Robin Whitten

Yikes! The dreaded Summer Reading List is almost upon us. Teachers want to keep building their students' skills and parents want their children to excel, so the list arrives like clockwork every June. Kids, however, wish it would just disappear. But savvy booksellers make plans now to help out.

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17 Feb

Speaking of Audio: The Freedom of Choice

By Robin Whitten

What is the right mix of cassette and CD audiobooks?

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29 Jul

Speaking of Audio: In the Driver's Seat

By Robin Whitten

The audiobook listener is in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing the CD or cassette format. Significant changes are underway in the availability of media formats as audio publishers pay closer attention to customer audio book purchase patterns and format preferences in an effort to increase sales.

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20 Nov

Speaking of Audio: The Author Will Now Read From Her New Book

By Robin Whitten

Author readings are among the most popular bookstore events. It's hard to beat the experience of hearing an author read live, often in the intimate setting of a bookstore. But, reading from the book for 10 - 15 minutes and reading the entire book for an audiobook recording are totally different.

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04 Sep

Speaking of Audio: Can You Identify the 10 Types of Audiobook Listeners? (Or the Titles They'd Like to Read…)

By Robin Whitten

As a bookseller you understand how important it is to know your customers. With audiobook listeners it is no less important, but it's probably harder for many booksellers, who may not be listeners themselves, to get a handle on who the listeners are and where they listen.

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15 Jul

Speaking of Audio: Teens Read, But Can They Also Listen?

By Robin F.Whitten

Teens seem to regard summertime reading in two ways -- as the opportunity to read for pleasure and to choose books freely or as the burden of a required "summer reading list" (which comes complete with nagging parents). Audiobooks can offer solutions for both camps, as well as the family traveling with teenagers on long car trips.

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16 May

Speaking of Audio: Listen Up! Here's the Word on Audio From BEA

By Robin F. Whitten

Publishers did a lot of listening at the pre-BookExpo America (BEA) APAC conference sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). Six programs with topics ranging from new formats to the Hispanic market to a three-session Audio Publishing 101 filled the day for more than 280 members of the audiobook industry.

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09 Apr

Speaking of Audio: Poetry & Technology

By Robin F. Whitten

April is National Poetry Month, and two audio titles stand out for special mention.

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06 Mar

Speaking of Audio: 2002 Grammys Highlight Some of the Year's Best Audiobooks

By Robin Whitten

Awards bring a useful focus to audiobook recommendations, and spring produces a fine crop. On February 27, the Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards were splashed across the entertainment press, soon to be followed by the Academy Awards.

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24 Jan

Speaking of Audio: Selling Unabridged Audio -- The Complete Audiobook

By Robin Whitten

The unabridged audiobook is easy for booksellers to understand: "Audiobooks the way books should be -- complete." Independent booksellers, once slow to embrace audiobooks precisely because titles were abridged, are in many cases welcoming the trend by audio publishers to offer more titles unabridged.

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