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Bill O’Reilly to Narrate His Upcoming Audiobook

billoreillyOutspoken Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly will be the voice for his upcoming audiobook edition of Killing Patton, the fourth book in his bestselling history series which he wrote in collaboration with Martin Dugard.

Macmillan Audio, the audiobook publisher revealed that O’Reilly was in the studio to record his book this week. The audiobook and print edition of the title comes out on September 23, 2014. O’Reilly’s other audiobooks in the series have done well in the past. Killing Lincoln, was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011; Killing Kennedy was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012 and Killing Jesus was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Bill O’Reilly back in the studio recording Killing Patton,” stated  Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher of Macmillan Audio. ”His powerful narration and this fascinating topic are sure to be another bestselling combination.”

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Oprah Winfrey Will Narrate Her New Audiobook

whatiknowforsureOprah Winfrey will narrate her upcoming audiobook What I Know For Sure.

The  audiobook from from Macmillan Audio is based on the column in O, The Oprah Magazine which spawned from an interview with  film critic Gene Siskel, who asked her, “What do you know for sure?” The book is a collection of her best reflections from this column which have been edited and revised for the book.

“We are thrilled that Oprah Winfrey will be reading her audiobook,” stated Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher at Macmillan Audio. “Throughout her career, Oprah has created unparalleled connections with millions of people. Listeners to the audiobook will appreciate hearing the thoughtful insights shared in this book in Oprah’s own voice. It is sure to be one of the most powerful and sought after audiobooks of the year.”

The audiobook goes on sale on September 2nd.

Audible Launches a ‘Hamlet’-Themed #VineThatLine Campaign

Audible has launched a new Vine channel in honor of its recent release, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. Richard Armitage, the actor who plays Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy, serves as the narrator.

To celebrate this new audiobook, the company has initiated the #VineThatLine campaign. From May 19th to 23rd, participants have been asked to create their own Vines reciting one of William Shakespeare’s most famous lines: “To be or not to be.”

Submissions have been turned in from ArmitageThe Goonies actor Corey Feldman, hip hop artist Ice-T, and Heroes actor Greg Grunberg. The video embedded above features Grunberg giving an “offbeat” performance. What is your favorite Shakespearean quote?

Workman Sells Off Audiobook Imprint HighBridge Audio

highbridgeWorkman Publishing has sold its audiobook imprint HighBridge Audio to Recorded Books Inc., in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Workman will continue to distribute audiobooks from the HighBridge collection. Workman’s imprint Algonquin Books will also keep licensing the audio rights of select titles to HighBridge.

“Our affiliation with HighBridge has been exceptional, but it became clear as we looked to the future that Workman should be investing its energy in its core strengths. Along with the other Workman imprints, we will produce and publish the best and most exciting books and content in the markets where we excel,” stated publisher Carolan Workman.

Audiobook Revenues Reach $1.6 Billion

IBISWorldAudiobook sales are on the rise. From 2008-2013, revenue for the audiobooks is estimated to have grown at an annualized rate of 12 percent to $1.6 billion, according to a new report from IBISWorld.

The increasing popularity of Internet-connected mobile devices among consumers is help drive these sales. From 2013 to 2018, IBISWorld predicts that these numbers will continue to grow. Led by rising disposable income and consumers who are new to adopt audiobooks, revenues should grow “significantly over the next five years,” reports IBISWorld.

“Because audiobooks are relatively cheap discretionary purchases that consumers can afford on tight budgets, the industry has been able to grow during the recession, despite consumers’ low disposable income,” stated Agata Kaczanowska, industry analyst at IBISWorld.

IBISWorld predicts the number of audiobook publishers will rise at an annualized rate of 17 percent to 628 businesses during the five years to 2013.

Actor Michael C. Hall Narrates ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

51rZT5DkgdL._SL300_Dexter actor Michael C. Hall narrated an audiobook edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

Audible.com released this work on February 11, 2014. This project marks the first time Hall served as a reader for an audiobook performance.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hall had this statement: “Reacquainting myself with this landmark work of fiction was a pleasure and a privilege. Anyone only familiar with the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be astonished by the subtlety and beauty of Capote’s prose, and by the nuanced complexity of the story. For me, this is among the best scripts an actor could imagine.”

OverDrive Plans to Distribute DRM-Free Audiobooks

overdrive304Digital book distribution company OverDrive will discontinue the sale of audiobooks to libraries in the WMA format, and will only sell MP3 files.

This is a big deal because OverDrive is the largest audiobook distributor in the U.S. and it essentially means that most audiobooks in libraries going forward will be in a DRM-free format.

Here is more from the OverDrive blog: “This is in response to user preferences, widespread compatibility of MP3 across all listening devices and the fact that the vast majority of our extensive audiobook collection is already in MP3 format. This includes the audiobook collections from Hachette, Penguin Group, Random House (Books on Tape and Listening Library), HarperCollins, AudioGo, Blackstone, Tantor Media and dozens of others. Our publisher relations team is working closely with the very few remaining publishers who require WMA to seek permission to sell their titles in MP3 for library and school lending.” (Via BoingBoing).

Audiobooks.com is Offering Gift Cards For Audiobook Subscriptions

audiobooksAudiobooks.com is now selling gift cards for audiobook subscriptions.

The gift subscription gives the recipients access to one audiobook credit per month to listen to any book from the site’s library of more than 40,000 titles. Shoppers can add additional credits for $10 each if they want to give access to more than one book. The one month subscription costs $14.95, three months costs $39.95 and six months costs $74.95.

Customers can design the gift card from template gift cards and then include a personal greeting to the gift recipient. This includes the option to recommend a book to the gift recipient. The gift card will be delivered via email and will include the personal recommendation in the email. The card reads, “I think you’re going to really enjoy this book as your first listen card,” and the book’s cover is shown beneath the line.

Scribd and Oyster are also both offering subscriptions to eBooks as gift options.

Tim Ferris is Starting an Audiobook Imprint

timferrissTim Ferris, author of the The 4-Hour Workweek, has launched an audiobook imprint. He is calling it the Tim Ferriss Book Club. Through the imprint he is producing audio editions of previously published books that haven’t had their chance to really shine.

“Starting in college, I’ve fantasized about somehow driving fantastic but under-appreciated books into the limelight. I have a soft spot for out-of-print tomes and niche publications,” explained Ferris on his blog. “After three #1 bestsellers, I’ve finally pulled the trigger. For the last several months, I’ve been quietly buying audiobook and e-book rights to books that have changed my life, and producing audiobooks in professional studios.”

Ferris explained to TechCrunch that audio books are often discarded, but that they shouldn’t be as they have a lot of potential with the massive adoption of smartphones and tablets. Read more

World’s Creepiest Reading of Goodnight Moon

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Graywolf Press has released a recording of Benjamin Percy reading Goodnight Moon in his incredibly distinctive voice.

Percy manages to make the reading of Margaret Wise Brown‘s book both chilling and hilarious at the same time. Check it out:

Bedtime stories are supposed to settle the mind and calm the nerves. Benjamin Percy’s rendition of Goodnight Moon, however, will keep you up at night. If you’ve ever heard Percy, the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, read, you know that he has a voice like no other. His storybook reading is enough to give you nightmares. Happy Halloween from Graywolf Press! Don’t forget to check under the bed.

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