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Writers donating stories for Haiti, eBooks for free and more are discussed in today’s audiobook news.

100 Stories for Haiti
I have been watching, along with the rest of the world, the heartbreaking news footage of the fallout from the disaster in Haiti.

I want to let you know that an amazing writer, Greg McQueen, has organized a project called, 100 Stories for Haiti.

The book will be available as an eBook from in mid-February and a paperback version will forthcoming from Unbound Press about a week after the eBook release. An audiobook version would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? I am currently seeking a company willing to help us produce the audio version. Interested? Leave a comment! Many writers (including me) have contributed stories that are being considered by editors.

Proceeds will be contributed to the Red Cross. Please watch for more information on this project and consider purchasing a copy to benefit those in need in Haiti.

Free Audio BookseBook Giveaways
If you browse the “best-selling” eBooks for Amazon’s Kindle, you would find that more than half aren’t actually “selling”, they’re available for free download. Some of these titles are predictably free as they are in the public domain, but some titles are by new authors, attempting find an audience.

By offering their books for free, the authors get exposure, and Amazon hopes customers will browse around and purchase other offerings. eBooks are reasonably priced at about $9.99 USD, but who doesn’t like to get something for nothing?

iTunes Audiobook of the Month
iTunes offers one title per month at a special, discounted rate. This month’s selection is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris, is a NY Times bestseller about a French concierge and a troubled, precocious 12 year-old girl. Both harbor secrets and when a Japanese gentlemen moves into their building, he helps then to discover their connection.

Apple Tablet
Much has been in the news about the new tablet computer from Apple and the potential for competing with eBook readers. Well, now we know. Apple has been in talks with Hearst, McGraw-Hill, and Hachette about providing content for the new device. The intended content includes magazines, textbooks, and eBooks.

Kindle DX eReader Goes Global
Amazon is now offering its larger sized DX model eReader with Global Coverage. 3G wireless downloads are available in 100 countries worldwide. The 9.7 inch (diagonal) holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals and documents. If you’ve been waiting for the DX to available outside of the US, here it is!

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