We’re going to sum everything up: the APA (Audio Publishers Association) reported the rise in audiobook sales in 2018 being 24.5%!
According to Publisher’s Weekly, this is a more accurate percentage. It’s accounting for sales receipts rather than estimated sales. Over 91% of audiobook sales are coming from a digital format…we’ve entered the digital age! Kidding, we’ve been living in it for quite some time now!
The more popular genres include general fiction, mysteries/thrillers/suspense, and sci-fi/fantasy. Nonfiction sales have risen and represent 32.7% of units sold in 2018; starting with general nonfiction, history/biography/memoir, and self-help.
The age group dominating a little over 91% of sales are adults. Young adult titles increased by double digits and audiobooks geared for children rose moderately.
Production of audio has risen 5.8% from 2017!
(This report was based on figures from 20 publishers, including all Big 5 houses.)
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- Charlie Hart & Anastasia James // 3 TITLES
- THEIR PHOENIX
- THEIR MATE
- THEIR SIREN
- Elizabeth Knox // BLACKJACK
- Ripley Proserpina // SHADOWS OF THORNS
- Courtney Konstantin // SURVIVE
- Jaxson Kidman & London Casey // 3 TITLES
- 5 YEARS LATER
- ANNA’S DRESS
- DEAR EVERLY
- Eva Chase // CONSORT OF SECRETS
- Frankie Love // BUILT
- L.M. Halloran // DOUBLE VISION
- LJ Swallow // THE FOUR HORSEMEN: CHAOS
- Shari J. Ryan // MANSERVANT
- Violet Duke // BEFORE THAT PROMISE
- Lillian Cole // HIS TO CLAIM
I’m a little late to the game, but the finalists for the Audie Awards were announced recently. If you don’t already know, the Audies are like t he Oscars for audiobooks. They have been awarded annually by The Audio Publisher’s Association since 1996. There are a bunch of categories in which authors and narrators are applauded and honored for their outstanding work. The actual award ceremony is always held during Book Expo of America in May, which this year is in NYC.
You can see all their categories and their finalists here, but I have highlighted a few of my favorite categories below:
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
The Hike by Drew Hagary
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
Crimson Shore by Preston & Child
The Crossing by Michael Connelly
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
IQ by Joe Ide
Dirty by Kylie Scott
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
Write on, listen on!