February/March 2019

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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In Art Matters, Neil Gaiman writes about why libraries and books matter. He comments about physical books, "Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath resistant, solar operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them." His point resonates with me when people ask me about our print magazine. Our print edition is here to stay for similar reasons. Magazines are durable—they hang around to be discovered again six months from now, and all of our recommended audiobooks will still be available. Full-size page layouts let readers browse our interview with author Laini Taylor or go behind the scenes of an L.A. Theatre Works production. Glance at the review of Corduroy (page 65), and remember how you loved that story and think of a small friend to recommend it to now. You can flip through pages for something that catches your eye, or check out every recommended biography and memoir from Eliza Hamilton to Becoming. Magazines encourage discovery. Our interview with narrator Sullivan Jones may be the catalyst to check out mystery author Joe Ide. The In Our Time booklist ("Audiobooks for Women's History Month," page 44) has choices for listeners ages 8 to 80. We love to offer a truly eclectic mix of audiobooks—everyone can find titles of interest. When I use a digital catalog, I never find the same variety, all in one place, that an AudioFile reader encounters. Looking ahead in 2019, we will continue to recommend audiobooks in a variety of media: print, newsletters, website, blog, podcast, and our social channels. Find us in any, or all, media you choose. Meanwhile, we'll continue to be good at talking the audiobook talk. Good at Being Books Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder Inside Track See our review on page 38. February / March 2019 n 5

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