AudioFile: 38,500 Audio-Book Reviews


Are you in the planning stage for an audio-book version, or do you have already some produced?  Get tips from AudioFile Magazine, which was founded 23 years ago, since then recommending and reviewing audiobooks, profiling audio-book narrators and authors.

In an interview they explained ACX rights holders how to cast the best voice for their book, and share how to submit for a review.  Their – up to 50 reviews a week – are published in a print bi-monthly magazine, weekly e-newsletters, on the website, at, and featured by content partners who sell audiobooks.  Listeners, library purchasers, authors, narrators, and publishers are their readers.  AudioFile’s editors and reviewers even create podcasts about top recommended titles using sound clips from the audiobooks.  SoundReviews let you hear why these audio-books are worth your listening time!  Subscribe directly in iTunes, or follow them on SoundCloud.

Robin Whitten, Editor & Founder of AudioFile Magazine:
“We receive review copies from all major publishers and in increasing numbers directly from authors, rights holders, and narrators. Our AudioFile reviewers –about 120 individuals from all over the country with a few scattered around the world—help us create 40-50 professional reviews each week.”

He Explains the Professional Review Process:
“A professional or editorial review is often different from a user-review.  Editorial reviewers step back and consider each audiobook from a wider perspective.  They use their audiobook listening experience to evaluate and assess the quality of the narration, the overall performance, and the alignment with the author’s intent.  A professional’s critique is considered alongside the many other audio-books they’ve experienced. AudioFile reviews very specifically focus on elements of the performance, and what sort of listening experience to expect.”

Tips to get Your Audio-Book Accepted for Review:

  • Listen for more than “a great voice.”
  • Choose a narrator whose vocal style and tone is aligned with your written style and tone.
  • Make sure the narrator emotionally connects to your intent.
  • Think about how much “performance” you want from your characters.
  • Consider whether big accents will define your characters or distract from them.
  • The choice of the right narrator is essential.
  • Sound quality is also something noticed by all listeners.

Audiobook Review Submissions:
“AudioFile strives to find the best audio-books to recommend to our subscribers and visitors. If you follow our advice above and end up with a great audiobook, we’d love to hear it! Please send it in for review.”

Send audio-books for review to:
Editor …. at AudioFile
37 Silver St
Portland, Maine 04101

For the current list with names of the editors check their web page.  For digital audiobook submissions: Please email with a download link (Dropbox, Hightail, etc.) or a link to your title on  Please include the high-res audio-book cover art (300 dpi), ISBN, and distribution information.

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111 Tips to Get FREE Book Reviews: Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews.



e-Book Reading on Smartphones in the Future?




The publishing world was turned upside down when the first e-books appeared 15 – 20 years ago.  The Kindle e-reader was not the first, but it is until now the most famous e-reader and helped Amazon to built their e-book imperium.  When you check out the 2015 e-book reader rating, one of the many Kindle types that are now on the market, the Voyage, is the “Gold Award Winner #1” for 2015. #2 is the NOOK GlowLight, then the Kobo Aura H20, and then another Kindle, the Paperwhite.  At least in North America these are the most popular e-readers.  In Europe it looks a bit different, at least in Germany, the Tolino is on its way to surpass the Kindle.

Contrary to early predictions, not the e-reader – but the smartphone will be driving the future e-book sales.

Tablets such as the iPad or the Kindle Fire are currently the most popular (41%) platform to read e-books, 11 % more than three years ago, but 3% less than last year. However it’s not e-readers that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone. But people who read primarily on phones has risen to 14% in the first quarter of 2015 – from 9% in 2012, according to a Nielsen survey. And about 54% of e-book buyers said they used smartphones to read their books sometimes.

Meanwhile, those reading mainly on e-readers, such as Kindles and Nooks, decreased over the same period to 32% from 50%. Wattpad, the serial publishing platform, explains that phones are encouraging people to read more. 90% of their 40 million monthly users read on mobile devices. Nearly two-thirds of respondents who read on their phones said they do it, because they didn’t have their e-reader or tablet with them.

Reasons to Read on the Phone
It might be convenience. If you’re standing in line at the grocery store or the bus stop, waiting at the doctors or dentists office or riding home on the subway, you may not have a print book or an e-reader or tablet with you.  But chances are, you are carrying a smartphone.  And I have even seen people reading on their smartphones while pushing their baby’s strollers or walking their dog in the park – where certainly audiobook would be much more appropriate and practical.  Around 65% of American adults now own a smartphone, and predictions are that in a couple of years it will be over 80%
The size and clarity of new smartphone models, are making e-book reading easier – if you have good eyes I might add.  The release of the iPhone 6 series, Apple has seen an increase in the number of people downloading books through its iBooks app.  And among all new Amazon customers using Kindles or the Kindle app, phone readers are by far the fastest-growing segment.

Free Reading on SmartPhones at Trains and Airports
Publishers are now experimenting with ways to make themobile-reading experience better. They are designing book jackets with smartphone screens in mind. Simon &Schuster for example offers free e-books at hotels and airport lounges in New York, California, Missouri, Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Users can read as much of each book as they like forfree, while they stay within the prescribed geographical area. And Penguin Random House introduced free excerpts of e-books on Amtrak’s Acela Express trains. Online e-book retailers, such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Barnes&Noble offer smartphone apps for e-book reading.  They automatically sync all devices linked to the same account, so a reader can open an e-book on her phone and pick up exactly where she left off the night before on her e-reader or tablet.

The literary world is divided over whether a phone can deliver the experience of deep, concentrated reading. Scholars who study the subject note that smartphones are an important part of the effort to improve literacy in developing countries where books and computers are out of reach for many people. Reading on a phone is better than not reading at all, these experts all agree.

Drawbacks of Phone Reading
A neuroscientist who studies the reading brain: “For most people, a phone will make concentrated reading more difficult – if not impossible. It’s not as easy to share an e-book with friends as you can with print books. Many people still read in print part of the time. If deep, concentrated reading is possible despite the ringing, buzzing and alerts that come with phones – I am not sure. Phones will certainly not replace print books altogether. However, one should stop worrying about how other people are reading, and be glad that they are reading at all.

Phone Tips for eBook Readers
The blogger at EbookFriendly advises: “The underestimated power of smartphones is that they are great testing devices. If you want to try ebooks, it doesn’t mean you have to immediately buy a Kindle. Just get a free Kindle application for you mobile phone and you’ll learn – in no time – about all advantages of ebook reading.  Standard features of book reading applications are:

  • customization of font size and typeface
  • themes or backgrounds to choose from (at least day and night mode)
  • text highlighting, note taking, bookmarks
  • dictionary and reference
  • instant access to ebooks stored in your cloud library
  • syncing bookmarks and latest read locations
  • ability to add your own books

Book reading apps usually let you discover new books within the app. The exception is iOS, where this quite obvious feature is offered only by the Apple’s e-reading app iBooks. Find more tips on his blog. Smartphones are multi-purpose devices.  Reading ebooks will never be their primary purpose.  But they are extremely helpful in extending book reading to “not planned” places and circumstances.”  Read the article here.

What About Audiobooks?
The question is whether the phone is appropriate for long-form reading, if other options are available. Audiobooks are certainly an even better way of “reading” as you can listen to your favored book – hands-free – even if you are exercising in the gym or do intense gardening.  I personally love listening to audiobooks, especially on long road trips, when discerning radio stations are not available and I have listened too many times to the same CD’s.  In many cases, audiobooks have also proven successful in helping students to access literature and enjoy books.

More on this topic:
The best phone screens are listed in a article

Why digital reading before sleeping is not a good idea

How to conserve your smartphone battery



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