Saturday, October 3, 2015
October Audiobook Releases: Horror and Politics
Audiobooks have become like print books in several ways, but with distinct advantages. First, there are many, many new titles out each month. Not as many as print, but getting there. Until now, such has not been the case. Historically, print books published vastly more titles, and prior to any rare release of audio versions. Today, print books (especially hardcovers) are in a sales decline while audiobooks (and ebooks) are rising in popularity. This is partly because, as Garrison Keillor once told me in an interview, "people are furiously busy." Ergo, they don't have time to drop everything and read. Most audiobooks now are published at the same time as print, and some books (like certain Stephen King stories) are ONLY on audio.
Meanwhile, if you go to the library of today you may find that the stacks are empty of people, while the computer stations are full. So not only are indy bookstores closing, but libraries are turning into internet cafes (minus the food, although that may be coming) for the indigent and those without other access. Audio publishers are even now going back in time to pick up titles which were never published in audio, such as the classics of SF writer Jack Vance (see post under Science Fiction.) Since many audiobooks have PDF files on one of the disks in the case of non-fiction, so that you won't lose out on illustrations, you're not really missing anything. Plus audiobooks come in many formats from CD and Mp3-CD to download to iPhone and Android devices. Download is the go-to format for those on the move, who want quick assess and don't want to carry a player with them, other than a smart phone or iPod. Scary? Not really. Become an audiobook listener and you may be hooked, just like sports fans are...only smarter for the experience!