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Audiobook DJ

LibraryLand Overload

I'm back from almost two weeks on the road at library workshops and conventions.  It's great to be home.  Last week I was on a panel discussion about librarycart.gifgraphic novels at a children's librarians conference.  Put 170 children's librarians together and you will not be bored - freaked out maybe, but NOT bored!  I highly respect children's librarians and think they have one of the toughest jobs in libraries.  For me, graphic novels are an exciting visual interpretation of literature in the same way that audiobooks are an equally exciting aural interpretation of literature.  Both can make the standard book more appealing, accessible and entertaining to the general public.  This week was the Kentucky Library Association Conference in Louisville.  I love Louisville but hate downtown traffic.  Did lots of hob-nobbing, attended some interesting sessions and saw some old friends.


More About Marie

9780060825393.jpgMarie Antoinette may be long-dead, but she's certainly getting plenty of attention lately - not to mention a new movie, a new book and even a feature on NPR.  And of course, the 12 hour audiobook read by Susanna Burney. 

I must give Abundance a listen, if for no other reason than the author, Sena Jeter Naslund, is from my home state.  Among other things, she's the current Kentucky Poet Laureate.  Cool! 


Who Needs MP3 Players?

Bokilur is Swedish for book on phone. And the company offers exactly that: audiobooks for cellphones. cellphonesmall.gifTo get started, customers download and install a piece of Java-based software, that's compatible with over 40 phones (both 3G and GPRS). They can then use the software's interface to browse available titles, and listen to two minutes of each book for free, before deciding to download.

Books are usually split into 5 parts, each of which costs SEK 30 (USD 4.10/EUR 3.25), and is between 50 and 150 minutes long. Payment is processed through the user's normal phone bill. Available titles include popular fiction, literature, children's books, business titles and language courses. For consumers, downloading on the go is far more convenient than downloading to a non-phone mp3 player, does away with the need to carry multiple devices, and allows for spontaneous downloads. Perfect for passing the time while waiting for a delayed flight, or stuck in a traffic jam.  For more info go to springwise


The Quills

writing.gifTime's running out to vote for your favorite audiobook to win a Quill.  Final nominees are: (1) Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog; (2) Teacher Man: A Memoir; (3) Team of Rivals: The Political Genious of Abraham Lincoln; (4) A Dirty Job; (5) Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.  Voting ends Sept. 30, 2006.  Find out more and place your vote here


Gaiman Again!

Last week Neil posted in his blog that he was finishing up recording his newest book, Fragile Things.  Then I see in the latest AudioFile that it will be fragilethings100.jpgavailable in September.  As a big-time Neil Gaiman fan, I feel a review coming on! 

Neil's children's book, Coraline, was one of the main inspirations for me wanting to do audiobook reviews in the first place.  It was such a wonderfully creepy story, and who can forget the singing rats?  He has a voice that is a soft, melodious counterpoint to all of the crazy, creepy, scary things that he writes about.  Looking forward to this one!


Ready for Audiobooks!

This is the first entry for my new website.  We're going to be discussing audiobooks, audiobook reviews, and what can be done to get more info out there about audiobooks.  I'm a huge AB fan and hope to soon get some of my older reviews posted, as well as links to the reviews I do for Audiopolis, the new podcast from AudioFile Magazine.  This is not a paid commercial announcement, but if you're into audiobooks, you need to get into AudioFile Magazine.  It's one of the very best resoures to keep up with the audiobook world, and I'm not just saying that because I recently began reviewing for AudioFile.  I've been saying that for many years.  Stay tuned for reviews and observations about a medium that's just hitting its stride.  This is an exciting time to be a fan of audiobooks!

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