How Should You Get Your Audio Books Fix?
Linda Knapp writes in an audiobook article in the Seattle Times, about her experiences in getting audiobooks in all the various formats and channels that she’s experimented with. She points out that renting audiobooks is the least expensive way of getting the books, whether at the library, or (slightly less less expensive) through Simply Audiobooks.
The thing I took away most from the article was the sheer breadth of options that libraries are offering to their patrons to get them hooked on audiobooks. It’s impressive, and it’s great for the audiobook industry in general, because 70% of audiobook listeners get their books from libraries. And eventually as they want broader selection, they migrate to commercial audiobook sources. As with books, library usage only stokes demand, it doesn’t cannibalize (overall) from commercial book sales.
I’m just happy that lots of people are listening. Even from the competition, although that makes me slightly less more happy.