Yesterday the Audio Publishers Association announced the 2009 Audio Book of the Year Nominees for their Audies Award.
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle, published by Listening Library
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by the author, published by HarperAudio
- A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs, read by the author, published by Macmillan Audio
As an audiobook fan and downloadable audio book store owner I appreciate the innovations that these 3 audio books bought to the table because
Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.
What innovations did these audio book productions make?
- For Brisingr clues to the next book were included in an interview that was only available on the audio.
- For The GraveYard Book they included effective social media marketing campaigns.
- For A Wolf at the Table Augusten Burroughs was significantly involved in the production and promotion of the audio book, making it a point to endorse the audio book as much as the hard cover.
These efforts further the industries’ efforts to bring the enjoyment of audio books to a broader audience.
The APA also announced 5 titles for their new category Distinquished Acheivement