2013 Audies Finalists Named and Other News from the APA

23 02 2013

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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced finalists for its 2013 Audie Awards® competition, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Finalists are selected in 28 categories ranging from the various genres and narration, to production and packaging. From each group of category finalists, one winner is awarded. Some standout finalists are Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (read by Simon Vance) in the Literary Fiction category; America Again, by Stephen Colbert (read by Stephen Colbert and Cast) in the Humor category; and Love Is the Cure, by Elton John (read by Elton John) in the Non-Fiction category. In the Sole Narration-Male and Solo Narration-Female categories, the star-studded list of finalists includes books narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Colin Firth, and Anne Hathaway. Actress and narrator Katherine Kellgren, who has won four Audies and narrated over 100 audiobooks, is nominated twice in the category.

Winners will be announced May 30th at the Audies Gala.  Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Who Can that Be at This Hour? will emcee. “At long last I get to combine my two great loves: audiobooks and hogging the spotlight,” said Handler.

See a listing of all the finalists in this year’s competition here.

On the heels of the Audies announcement, the APA had other big news to share. The results from two concurrent studies of audiobook sales patterns and consumer behavior revealed total net sales of audiobooks in 2011 were up from the previous year and, in general, the audio format is thriving.

According to the sales survey, some of the growth in the sales can be attributed to a wider selection of titles available to audiobook fans: The total number of titles published in the audio format has doubled over the past seven years. The rise of the digital download is no doubt the biggest contributing factor in the growth of sales and the declining rate of returns. The study shows that for audiobooks, the digital download format has eclipsed the CD format with slightly more than 60% of all audiobooks sold today being digital.

According to another survey conducted by Bowker, audiobook listeners love the convenience and ease of the format, especially during car travel. In fact, the overwhelming majority of survey respondents said they listened primarily while in the car and choose audio for its portability. More than two-thirds of recent audiobook buyers described audiobooks as relaxing and a good way to multi-task, also stating that an audio performance makes some books more interesting than they would be in print.

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