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Straight to audiobook: Authors write original works meant to be heard

from NPR

In recent years while e-books were plowing their way through the publishing industry like a big noisy steam engine, audiobooks were chugging along in the background like the Little Engine That Could. These days, that sometimes overlooked segment of the book business is growing at a rapid pace and the industry is looking for new ways to catch listeners' ears. Robin Whitten, editor and founder of Audiofile magazine, began writing about audiobooks in 1992. Back then, few people had ever heard of them. Now they're a $1 billion industry with more than 35,000 titles published in 2013 alone. Whitten says audiobooks really took off once it became possible to listen to them on a variety of devices. more


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