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Audiobook publishing

Jo Forshaw is a consultant specialising in audiobook publishing. Having previously tinkered with audio as an agent, retailer and programmer for Oneword Radio, she ran the audio publishing team at HarperCollins, growing it from 60 abridged titles to 500+ unabridged recordings per year and driving projects like Total Audio and the RNIB partnership to ensure all readers can access books on publication. Follow Jo on Twitter @audioguvnor

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Hannah Wolfson is a lover of all things literature. She has had the pleasure of heading up Team UK at BookBeat since its market launch in March of last year.

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The Words

Yesterday Simon & Schuster UK launched a new podcast, The Words, a topical series of interviews, insights, discussions and ideas, plus exclusive essays from authors, on the world of books, culture and society. Here we interview Dawn Burnett, Marketing Director, to find out a little bit more.

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Juggling lots of books at once can be overwhelming, so as we approach the end of 2017 sit back, relax, and open your ears to the following five podcast recommendations as well as their suggested reading companion. If you love reading the following titles, you’ll love listening to these podcasts…

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Podcasts have steadily gained popularity over the past few years with more people looking for on-the-go entertainment as they multitask through hustle and bustle of daily life.

#BookMarketingChat (read our entire Book Marketing Chat summary here) guest Rachel Moore shared her tips for starting your own podcast.

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Why become an audiobook subscriber? With so many storytelling subscriptions available – Netflix, Amazon Prime, the list is endless – here are just five of my favourite audiobooks along with reasons why it’s worth buying these books in audio rather than as a physical book/ebook. Once you’ve listened to these, you’ll never look back from an audio subscription!

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Fionnuala Barrett is Senior Audio Editor at HarperCollins, where she creates audiobooks for authors as diverse as Gail Honeyman, Stuart MacBride, Dawn O’Porter, Joanna Cannon and George R.R. Martin.  She is also the chair of the working party for the 2018 LoveAudio campaign for the Publishers Association.  LoveAudio 2018 will run from 11 to 17 June.

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Podcast for book lovers

Alex Blott is the host and creator of the Papertrail podcast. He is also currently working on the Think in Translation podcast series for Vagabond Voices. He loves the opportunities that podcasting gives him to speak with and learn from interesting people about subjects they are passionate about.

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find audiobooks

Carla Herbertson joined Zebralution, a leading distributor of digital media content, as their Head of UK Audio Content in January. She has been working in the audio industry for twenty years, starting her career as a BBC Producer across a variety of programmes. Before joining Zebralution in January, Carla developed audio strategies for numerous services and products for the Royal National Institute for Blind People.

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Create great audiobooks

Alys Hewer is the production manager at Red Apple Audiobooks, a division of Red Apple Creative. She previously worked as an audiobook producer and editor but now spends more time out of studio managing the production from start to finish. Her favourite part of the process is casting because it gives her an excuse to hide away and read. 

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make audiobooks more accessible

After 30 years in academic publishing (the final 13 years at board level) Jo Burges now co-runs i-Publishing Consultants. The team specialises in working with publishers, cultural heritage organisations and the not-for-profit sector to help them make the very best use of technology and information management and to engage effectively with their customers and members.

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Quantum 2018

Friday’s FutureBook Conference, organised by The Bookseller, presented three conferences in one: alongside the main FutureBook programme, there were parallel streams on The Audiobook Revolution and EdTech for Publishers.

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Audiobooks are on the rise, particularly in retail. This is the ideal time for you to reconsider audio publishing. W.F. Howes Ltd’s Acquisitions Editor, Rachel Gregory, looks at how you can get involved.

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