Audiobooks have a positive effect on mental health

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Audiobooks are currently the fastest growing part of the book industry. Readers of this type of book format are noticing the positive benefits on their overall mental health. Given that people are spending more and more time using their eyes to look at screens every day, listening to audiobooks give them a chance to rest […]

Spotify is in negotiations for an audiobook deal

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In light of the news that audiobook sales have grown enormously over the last few years, Spotify is the latest to throw their hat in the audiobook ring with their negotiations with Scribd in order to distribute their audiobooks. Clearly the mostly music streamer is broadening their horizons, as they already are a huge distributor […]

Audiobook sales have doubled in the last five years

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In news shocking no one who has been paying attention to what’s going on in the book industry, audiobook sales have blown up in the last five years in the UK, thanks to their increasing popularity. According to the Nielsen UK Books & Consumers survey, print book sales have gone down about 3% from the […]

Walmart is poised to become Amazon’s biggest competitor

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Walmart is upping the ante in their fierce rivalry with Amazon by partnering with Kobo to provide customers eBooks and audio books directly. This news will undoubtedly affect Amazon, who currently maintains dominance over the industry with Kindle and Audible. By partnering with Kobo, Walmart has established itself as a huge force to be reckoned […]

Barnes & Noble to open 5 new prototype stores

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In spite of recent news that Barnes & Noble may finally be keeling over, Barnes & Noble has announced they will open five new concept stores in 2018, with the first to be opened soon in Hackensack, New Jersey. As they’ve previously mentioned, these new stores will be much more smaller than the mall-sized behemoths […]

Barnes & Noble is Finally Dying

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Barnes & Noble has made waves once again recently, and it doesn’t look good for the flailing book retailer’s future. They fired 1,800 people nationwide by cutting certain positions in an effort to save about $40 million a year. The mass layoffs were so unexpected that when longtime employees showed up for work, they were […]

Google is getting in the audiobook game

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Amazon has been almost effortlessly ruling the audiobook market and they have successfully remained on top but have they finally met their match in the newcomer? Google, quite possibly its the only equally matched rival in terms of net worth and how ubiquitous their products are in all of our lives, may be the one […]

Sales of Print Books Increased Slightly in 2017

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Time and time again, many have been proclaiming the death of print books but the latest statistics on the sales number for the year of 2017 says otherwise. According to Publisher’s Weekly, print book sales have risen 1.8% in 2017 compared to the sales numbers from 2016. Further proving that print is long from dead, […]

Barnes & Noble wants smaller stores

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While dealing with the same number of closures of their stores as Amazon is opening more and more bookstores, Barnes & Noble has come up with a new tactic: scaling down. Instead of continuing to deal with their massive stores that are mostly empty, the idea is that the new, smaller stores will be more […]