June/July 2018

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Just before writing this note, I was out in my garden, digging in the earth, reveling in the transformative power of flowers. I was also listening to Circe, Madeline Miller's new take on the Greek myth of the sorceress, who, I found out, used flowers in her potions. I was delighted by this parallel—flower power in the garden, and in Circe's magic—and by the power of audiobooks. Storytelling has great magical properties, and audiobooks spread the magic. With this June/July issue, AudioFile is starting our 27th year of proselytizing for the best in audiobooks. Our independent reviews and features have helped countless listeners find audiobooks through each new issue and our extensive website and archives. We have a broad audience with the print magazine as well as its digital format, and for our blog and website, our social channels, the newsletters, and podcasts. And, with new partners who wish also to promote the best in audio- books, we are reaching more audiences. This summer we'll be working with (, which connects audiobook lovers with independent bookstores. If you have a favorite independent bookstore, ask if they are a bookstore partner. When you purchase an audiobook through, your local independent bookstore will benefit. And, we are pleased to help these booksellers by sending them copies of AudioFile. Yet we know there are listeners and future listeners who have not yet heard of AudioFile and would like to know about us. June is Audiobook Month. So, why not spread the word? Recommend a recent good listen to a fellow listener. Convince a friend to try an audiobook for the first time. Tell everyone about AudioFile's recommendations and reviews. We're easy to find: Sign up for free newsletters and our blog at Follow us on social media and wherever you get your podcasts. Do all these, and Circe will cast her spell for another great listening year, and AudioFile will grow the magic! Spreading the Magic Editor's Notes Robin Whitten Editor and Founder June/July 2018 n 7

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