The Audies 2012

audies 2012The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners of the 2012 Audie Awards on June 5th. Often referred to as the “Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” the Audies is the most prestigious awards program in the United States honoring audiobooks.

The award for Audiobook of the Year went to Bossypants by Tina Fey (great choice!). Judges commented that Bossypants “delivers on all fronts and listening to Fey tell the story of her life is like going out for a coffee with an old and funny friend.” Bossypants also took top honors in the Biography/Memoir category.

Click here to view all the 2012 Audie Award Winners.

Audible Author Services (which is owned by Amazon) has launched Audible Author Services, a program that establishes a $20 million fund from which audiobook authors will be paid $1 per sale through,, and iTunes. Don Katz, Audible Founder and CEO, has posted the following letter on

Audible Author Services

Significantly, audiobook publishers do not receive any of the funds. Katz told The Guardian: “The fact is people buy a Neil Gaiman, not a HarperCollins or a Simon & Schuster, so it is for us to connect with the writers and hopefully wake them up to what they can do. If it works it can become a channel of membership and sales.”

The fund runs through December 31, 2012. Its continuation after that date will depend on how successful the program is.

Click here to learn more about Audible Author Services. Semi-Annual Sale saleThis post is just a quick heads up that is currently selling 1,000+ audiobooks at half their regular price. There are some great titles available, including The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Life by Keith Richards and The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. You can check out all the titles available here: Semi-Annual Sale

Note: this sale is for members only. Not an Audible member? offers a free trial for 30 days which includes a free audiobook (plus access to this sale).

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