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Friday, 4 November 2016

Writer's Snippets, writer's news

Amazon India have purchased WESTLAND publishing - "Our acquisition of Westland continues our commitment to India -- enabling Amazon to bring Westland's highly talented authors and their books to even more customers in India and around the world," said Amit Agarwal, vice-president and country manager at Amazon India.

And sticking with Amazon - the company recently released it Amazon Rapids APP which delivers serialised snippets of stories to children's devices - Find out more HERE 

The 2016 Futurebook Conference will take place on  2nd December in London - details HERE

 The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article claiming that audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the book business today. Sales in the U.S. and Canada jumped 21% in 2015 from the previous year, according to the Audio Publishers Association.

Audibooks the facts

  • Smart Phones have helped with the rise in audiobook usage as they are now VERY portable.
  • Technology and the size reduction of files has made listening to audio books in cars and at the gym much more convenient.
  • The cost of producing an audio is now (on average) $3,3000 as opposed to $6,500 in 2012.
  • Amazon.com owns both AUDIBLE and BRILLIANCE AUDIO. This means, their ACX platform has a huge lead in distribution to this fast-growing market.
  • If you fancy trying an audiobook then I suggest Audible - oh why not get Granny Smith Investigates by G M Dobbs (plug,plug) as your first download.

2 comments:

oscar case said...

Thanks for the news! I'll check out the audio.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Thank you Oscar