The increasing demand for audio books is good news for authors and readers, or should that be listeners?

In an article called, Giving Them What They Want: Keeping Up With the New Demand for Audiobooks, published in the August issue of Publishing Trends. it's reported that digital audiobook downloads have steadily been increasing.  "The latest AAP Sales Report shows that downloaded audiobook sales were up 17% in May. With this rise in digital audiobooks and digital subscription services, they have also been attracting the 18-34 year-old crowd, bringing with it a new generation of tech-savvy and voracious listeners."

This is good news for authors like me whose DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novels (and my business books) are available in audio format and as downloads.

The article also goes on to say that publishers are exploring new channels like combining audiobooks and e-books, releasing some new titles as ‘download only’ and bringing more titles to market to increase sales opportunities.” Should be interesting to see what develops there!

Some of my audio books are on Audible but they don't seem to have the latest two released this year, the fourth and fifth in the DI Horton crime series, Dead Man's Wharf and Blood on the Sand, read by Gordon Griffin and published by Isis. However they are available on the Isis web site and hopefully soon through Audible.

“More than 40% of our members have never listened before joining Audible,” says a spokesperson from Audible, “but once they become Audible members, they download an average of over 17 books a year.”

That sounds like good news to me.


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