Audiobooks have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1930s. Despite facing skepticism and the stigma of not being a “true reading experience”, audiobooks are now rapidly increasing in popularity. At Listening Books, we know that audiobooks have countless benefits: from relieving stress and anxiety to enhancing literacy skills for people who cannot access print books, audiobooks can truly make the world of difference. Join us as we look at the history of audiobooks and the reasons behind their growth in popularity over time!
Earlier this year, OverDrive (our digital partner) stopped updating and maintaining their OverDrive app. That’s why we’re encouraging all our members to try out OverDrive’s new app: Libby! This app is also free and has much of the functionality of the previous app, plus many fantastic additional features. Read on to learn more about how Libby can support and enhance your listening experience!
Amy Flinders is the Copyright Manager for Listening Books. She has worked for the charity since 2014. Abigail Jaggers spoke to her about what a copyright manager does, how she chooses what audiobooks to buy for the library, and why there aren't audiobook versions of every book.
Bill Dee, the Listening Books Director, gives us an insight into his role in the charity. From managing staff to seizing opportunities, here's what he had to say about what he does day to day.