Month: October 2009

Audio Book Author Spotlight: Christopher Moore

I have toyed with discussing Christopher Moore for several weeks now. I have read most of his books and absolutely love his work. My roadblock was finding a way to describe him. How do you present an author who writes about everything from Jesus to vampires with equal sarcasm? Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal (read by Fisher Stevens) was my introduction to Christopher Moore. Finding that the story of Jesus’ early years was woefully brief in the Bible, Moore decided to present what might have happened… if Jesus had a strange pal named Biff. Imagine...

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Audio Book New Releases | Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and More!

I found myself reading more this week as I monitored my son’s illness (watching for H1N1} and really enjoyed Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as well as The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I’m moving on to Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman now as I review what looks good from this week’s list of new audiobook releases. Heat Wave by Richard Castle Heat Wave by Richard Castle (narrator not identified) I couldn’t figure out where I had heard the author’s name until I read the book description. This is a media tie in to the television series, Castle. Richard...

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Audio Book News | iPods in Schools and More!

Why are schools so slow in incorporating technology? My children’s schools boast state-of-the-art computer labs, yet they still ban the use of iPods in most settings. Millions of students own mp3 players. Imagine what could be accomplished if teachers were willing to incorporate them into the classroom. Audiobooks, podcasts, and so much more might just make kids more interested in academics. There are several initiatives, grants, and tons of resources available for incorporating iPods and similar technologies into educational settings. Several colleges and schools have begun integrating iPods into the curriculum. For those wondering just how this could be...

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Audio Book News | Price Wars and Publishing Tactics: Where do Audiobooks Fit In?

The interesting disparity between traditional book and digital book sales has some publishers seeking ways to manipulate consumers towards purchasing paper versions. Last week, I mentioned that Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Target are among those who are offering presales of bestselling authors’ new releases at under $10. Audiobooks have apparently not yet figured into the big picture. The most interesting reaction has been that of Scribner, the publisher of Stephen King’s upcoming Under the Dome. The hardcover goes on sale November 10th and can be purchased for around $9 USD. Recent reports say that the eBook version will go on sale...

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Digital Media Devices | Bits and Bytes

This is the day I usually spotlight an audiobook author, but there are so many interesting news stories, I can’t resist sharing… Nook News: Details of Barnes and Noble’s new eBook reader, the Nook, were released and WOW! It looks like developers took a poll of all the things Kindle users wished they had and added them to Nook. I contacted BN and confirmed that the Nook does play audiobook mp3 files as well as music either via headphones or speaker. This is a fantastic feature and makes the Nook very appealing… at least to me. I plan to...

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