I love audio books. I have one going all the time in my car. Even when I don’t leave the house for five days or even a week, I seem to have no problem picking up with the story where I left off. Right now I’m in the latter half of A Thousand Splendid Suns and loving it. I listen to both fiction and non-fiction, and I also listen to the Bible on audio, too.
So I was not at all surprised to learn this from PublishersLunch:
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) reports results of their recent sales survey, conducted by research firm Lewis & Clark Research, in which 30 audio publishers reported their own data for 2006. On that basis, with additional "factoring" for non-participating publishers, they found a 6 percent increase in sales over 2005, and "estimated" the market at $923 million.
In their data pool, CDs comprise 77 percent of dollar sales and downloads comprise 14 percent (very close to the number recently reported by RH Audio). Direct sales to libraries continue to rise, now comprising 32 percent of sales. And unabridged titles comprise 71 percent of sales.
Three of my Christian novels are available on audio books from Recorded Books, all of them unabridged versions, which is the only kind I like to listen to myself.
Have you listened to a great book lately?