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Audiobooks will Gain in Popularity

The Pew Research Center recently reported an increase in audiobook listeners in 2016, with 14% of survey respondents saying that they listened to books. Additionally, The Association of American Publishers reports that “readers” … meaning your book buyers … have put audio in the fastest growing format. This trend is driven by changes in how and where we listen to content. Pay attention to this.

Amazon had a HOT selling season last month. What was the biggest seller? Meet Amazon’s Echo (Alexa.  There’s plenty of info on the Amazon site plus free download’s available to learn about this new tech that has become one of the must-haves.


Not just for audiobooks, think podcasts as well. If you haven’t started the process of getting your books in audio, posted on Audible—suggest you don’t do an exclusive … guaranteed, you will see an array of other audio distribution models emerging as the audio growth trend expands.

Get smart. Get Savvy. If you don’t have Richard Riemans’ book, The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation … get it. It’s the Get Smart … Get Author Savvy thing to do.




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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.

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