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Published on, HarperCollins has a a campaign as part of their site which allows readers to get great deals from their favorite authors. If you are a logged-in member, you now can vote up your favorite author to get them featured as a daily deal. Once you vote, you are prompted right into a Facebook share flow from Crowd Factory. Read on!

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  1. 1. REVIEWS BESTSELLERS BLOGS NEW TITLES SUBSCRIBE : Print | Digital | E-NewslettersHOME INDUSTRY NEWS BOOK NEWS CHILDRENS DIGITAL INTERNATIONAL AUTHORSDEALS | PAGE TO SCREEN | AWARDS & PRIZES | COMICS | COOKING | RELIGION | AUDIO BOOKS HOME -> BOOK NEWS -> AUDIO BOOKS Getting the Word Out PW takes the pulse of the latest innovations in audiobook marketing. By Shannon Maughan May 16, 2011 Tweet | Reader Comments page: 1 | 2 The Audio Publishers Association is set to kick off its 14th annual June Is Audiobook Month campaign, designed to celebrate the industry and bring greater awareness of audiobooks. As formats and consumer habits have changed over the past 10 years—sometimes dramatically— audio publishers have kept pace with evolving marketing efforts. We checked in with the APA and publishers to see how theyve been getting audio titles heard. On June 1, more than 50 popular authors and narrators will take part in a coordinated social media blitz, championing audiobooks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and author blogs as part of the APAs Author Advocate Initiative. David Baldacci, Meg Cabot, Michael Connelly, Cory Doctorow, James Patterson, and Lisa Scottoline are among those lending their voices to the effort. The program is at the heart of APAs June Is Audiobook Month. The APA estimates that, in 2010, the Author Advocate Initiative reached approximately four million people. "For certain fans, it makes a difference coming from an author," says Stephanie Hargadon, associate    publicist for Macmillan Audio. She notes that when, say, Chelsea Cain plugs Sue Graftons audiobooks, "The numbers were going to reach when these authors talk to their fans is huge." Also in June, the APA will name the winners of its Get Caught Listening viral video contest. Contestants were asked to submit an original short video (three minutes or less) promoting audiobooks. From June 1 to June 25, the public can vote on 10 finalists selected by the APA. The top three fan favorites will win a $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prize, respectively. Tech Savvy As the APAs push demonstrates, social media and Web technologies are playing an ever larger role when it comes to reaching consumers. Audiobook publishers routinely use Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as well as blogs and e-newsletters to alert consumers to new titles and various promotions. Dedicated Web sites—featuring product discounts, audio and video downloads, sound clips, and excerpts—are de rigueur. When Tantor Audio launches its THIS WEEKS MOST POP Tantorious! podcast in June, it will join a number of other publishers, including Penguin Audio, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Random House Audio, who already make their podcasts available Best Books of 201 1 on iTunes. 2 Possible Borders S A number of publishers are now adding tech elements to their packaging for CDs. With its Snap Borders Hearing E 3 to Listen campaign, Brilliance Audio is one of the latest companies to place two-dimensional QR codes (a "quick response" graphic, in this case linked to audiobook content) on its packaging. 4 Creditors Committ Consumers and library patrons can scan the QR code with a smartphone barcode-scanner app Become Showdown to get a free audio excerpt of the title. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel was the first More Borders Rum 5 title to get the QR treatment, and Rick Riordans May 3 release, The Throne of Fire (the Kane Chronicles, Book Two), is among other new titles sporting the code. 6 Amazon Removes Manga from Kindle A QR code linking readers to an excerpt by narrator Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) came into play 7 Amazon As Publish when Simon & Schuster Audio tackled a multifaceted launch last month for the teen book City of tailers Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. Director of marketing Sarah Lieberman described some of the key elements including a video q&a with narrators Westwick and Molly Quinn (Castle) that was 8 S&S, Penguin, Hac featured as an exclusive on Special recorded messages from both Online Book Site narrators to their fans garnered 225,000 previews before the audiobooks release. 9 Harper, Donnelley Chain Deal Social media not only allows audio publishers to get the word out, it also enables consumers to have a voice—sometimes literally. HarperAudio will release a new full-cast recording of American 1 0 GSU E-Reserves Tr Gods by Neil Gaiman on June 21 to mark the 10th anniversary of the original publication of the hardcover book. To herald the special commemorative edition, HarperAudio has created a contest through—the HarperCollins site described as a "Groupon for books"—in which fans were invited to submit an MP3 audition for a speaking role in the audiobook production. The winner will be flown to and hosted in New York, and coached by Gaiman himself BLOGS in the studio. Gaiman made a video plug for the contest on Bookperk and has been blogging and tweeting about the judging process (from May 6: "Finished listening to the 20 Round 1 finalists in the AG Audio contest. If Id known it was going to be this hard. Sigh.") Beyond Her Listeners can get in on the act in other ways as well. Random House Audio and Overdrive are Book partnering on a Lend Your Voice project in which fans can participate in making a crowd-sourced Barbara Vey recording of L. Frank Baums The Wizard of Oz. During the American Library Associations annual Visiting the conference in Washington, D.C., June 25–27, the publisher will set up an on-site recording Greater Detroit studio in OverDrives Digitalbookmobile. Once all the voices are recorded and edited into a Romance Writers of production, it will be posted online. America
  2. 2. I was invited by the AudioFile magazine launched its Audiobook Community ( Web site last Greater Detroit year, aiming to bring together a forum for all listeners to connect with each other as well as Romance Writers of publishers, authors, and narrators. The Sync group within the social networking site America (GDRWA) to ( is devoted to YA/teen audiobooks. Several publishers jumped on board speak at one of their meetings. ... last summer to promote their titles via a Sync free download program and are back again this year. ShelfTalker Josie Leavitt Beginning June 23, two complete audiobooks (a current title thematically paired with a classic BEA!!! one) offered through the Sync site are available as free downloads for a seven-day period. I cant believe BEA is Scholastic Audios Shiver by Maggie next week. Where has the time gone? I feel like Stiefvater is available June 23–29 and is paired with Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. its a month earlier than Storm Runners by Roland Smith, also from Scholastic Audio, is teamed with The Cay by Theodore Im ready for. You Taylor, available August 11–17. Scholastic Audios product manager, Sean McManus, notes that wouldnt think a trade during last summers run, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins generated 2,500 downloads. show would be so hard HarperAudio is taking part in the Sync program for a second year running as well; its title The to prepare for, but Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney is teamed with an edition of Beowulf theres always a lo... translated by Frances B. Gummere and available July 14–20, and Immortal by Gillian Shields is matched with Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë for the August 4–10 free downloads. Genreville Rose Fox As audio technologies continue to be refined and various types of playback devices become Make Your Nebula more affordable, audiobook publishers are exploring ways to use devices in their marketing Award Predictions plans. Next month, Hachette Audio is teaming with a startup tech company, Playbutton Its almost Nebula (, to create an audio sampler as a BEA giveaway. A Playbutton is a Awards Weekend! Who wearable button that plays music or other audio through a headphone jack. It comes loaded do you think will win?... with content, and sports original artwork on the front and simple controls on the back. The buttons are 4.5 cm. in diameter, and listeners attach them with a traditional pinback. "I think the button is really eye-catching—so booklovers at BEA will hopefully want to wear them," says Megan Fitzpatrick, senior manager of marketing and publicity for Hachette Audio. The sampler clips include a full David Sedaris story from his most recent collection, a bit of Tina Feys Bossypants, a story narrated by Alan Rickman, a song sung by Tim Curry from the audiobook edition of Despicable Me, and some summer sneak previews of Jeff Abbotts Adrenaline, Rachel TOP BESTSELLERS Simons The Story of Beautiful Girl, James Pattersons Now You See Her, and a new audio edition The Fifth Witness (abr. of Luis Alberto Urreas The Devils Highway, narrated by the author. Bossypants (unabr.). In September, Scholastic Audio will use an MP3 player to promote the latest title in the bestselling 39 Clues series. 39 Clues Book 11: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Summer and the City Gordan Korman, and Jude Watson will be on approximately 50,000 players that will be Charlie the Ranch Dog distributed within the Scholastic Book Clubs. According to McManus at Scholastic, once kids purchase the device, they will be able to use it like any standard player to download other Twilight saga purchased audiobooks or music. Dead Reckoning page: 1 | 2 Bossypants Worth Dying For Related Topics and Links: Heaven Is for Real l PW issue Contents l More in Book News -> Audio Books l More in articles by Shannon Maughan THIS WEEKS STARRED Also on PW BEA 2011: A PW Preview more... PW Select: The Second Focus on Audio Books: Installment more... Spring 2011 more...About Us | Contact Us | Submission Guidelines | Subscriber Services | Advertising Info | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Calls for Information | Edito© PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.Industry News Book News Childrens Digital International Authors Reviews BestsellersFinancial Deals Authors Devices Deals Profiles Audio Audio FictionReporting Page to Screen Book News Copyright Book News Interviews Childrens Audio NonfictionBookselling Awards & Prizes Industry News Retailing Trade Shows Obituaries Comics Childrens FictionPublisher News Comics Conferences Frankfurt 2010 Why I Write Fiction Childrens PictureDeals Cooking Content / e- London Book PW Select Nonfiction BookShows & Events Religion books Fair Religion Childrens SeriesPeople Audio Books W e b-exclusive & Tie-insManufacturing Hardcover FictionMarketing HardcoverBEA Nonfiction Mass Market Paper Trade Paper