Could audiobooks prove to be the next explosively popular digital book format?
Article by Nate Hoffelder
Article continues <here>The book publishing industry is prone to fads and obsessions. If it's not Pottermore and direct sales, it's hybrid authors, or book bundling, or subscription ebook services, or coloring books. Many of these fads have come to naught, but the latest obsession - audiobooks - could prove to be the next explosively popular digital book format.
I know a lot of people have been saying that over the past year, but the data actually backs up the hype.
I was inspired to look into the topic when I read Joe Wikert's piece on audiobooks this weekend. As is his usual, Wikert offered no data to back up his assertions, but after I started digging into the topic, two glaring facts stood out.
- The first is that audiobook market is small, but consistently growing year over year, and
- The second is that audiobooks don't really cost a lot to produce.
Let's take those in order. ...
Do you listen to audiobooks or have you recorded a short story or even an audiobook?