News, Blog Posts, and Audiobook Articles You May Have Missed (June/July)

GENERAL NEWS
Learning Ally has long been a resource for those with learning disabilities, blindness and visual immpairment. SCOOP SAN DIEGO describes the effect audiobooks have had on the communities this nonprofit serves.

LARGER FAMILY LIFE outlines how audiobooks benefit children’s literacy and help develop a love of books.

TECHONOMY hosts an interview with Audible’s Don Katz about how audiobooks support literacy, and how Audible’s Immersion Reading boosts “reading fluency.”

Audiobooks.com has developed a Romance App, allowing users to stream romance titles over wifi and 3G networks. GOODEREADER has the details.

BROADWAY WORLD reports that Reggae star Shaggy has recorded a Jamaican version of the hit audiobook “Go the Fu** to Sleep.”

VICKYANDJEN.COM lists 5 ways that audiobooks can be an unconventional summer escape.

Global audio trends: GOODEREADER.COM analyzes audiobook industry trends in the U.S. and internationally, and makes predictions for 2014.

Barnes and Noble announces plans to re-enter the downloadable audiobook market. This PUBLISHERS WEEKLY article provides details.

From A-list actors to rock stars, celebrities are narrating more audiobooks than ever. TODAY.COM dubs the trend towards celebrity casting the ‘golden age’ of audiobooks.

Audiobook sales growth in 2014 described as “tremendous.” GANT DAILY reports on new developments in the audiobook industry.

BROADWAY WORLD celebrates the Hear Now Festival in Kansas City, highlighting special performances by Barbara Rosenblat and Simon Vance.

The world’s first audiobook opera! CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO/PRI’s Ira Glass (THIS AMERICAN LIFE) teams up with composer Phillip Glass to create a minimalist opera based on the true story of an audiobook narrator trapped in a hotel closet.

A primer on audiobook listening and review of Audible’s downloadable audiobook service.

AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL recommends 5 audiobooks to listen to on the road, including books by APA members Harper, Brilliance, Hachette and Tantor.

The Young Adult Library Services Organization (YALSA) shares criteria that qualifies a book for the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults selection list, and makes audiobook suggestions for new listeners — including books by Brilliance, Blackstone, Hachette, Recorded Books, Macmillan, Scholastic and Random House.

For Audio Month, THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH explores the history of audiobooks and the benefits of listening, and recommends favorite audiobooks published by APA members Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL highlights YA audiobooks about teens affected by illness, including books by Random House and HighBridge.

This OPRAH.COM video discusses the O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE feature Road Trip which recommends summer vacation audiobook reads — including books by Hachette and Macmillan.

From nonfiction to family listening, THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE offers audiobook tips for new listeners.

A list of listening recommendations from THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – 4 audiobooks about love, inlcuding books by APA members Macmillan, Random House, Brilliance and Recorded Books.

MEMBER INTERVIEWS
Go behind the scenes with BUSINESS INSIDER as they interview veteran narrator Renee Raudman about her flourishing audiobook career.

Orange Is the New Black’ actress and acclaimed audiobook narrator Barbara Rosenblat is featured in the KANSAS CITY STAR in an interview about her background, her work in audioboks, and her standout role as Miss Rosa.

FOX 4 NEWS in Kansas City interviews narrator and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress Barbara Rosenblat and audiobook producer and Hear Now Festival Programming/Board President Sue Zizza about the festival.