Audiobooks Are Butterflies, Too!

Carla Mercer

Something remarkable happened on August 6th, 1991, something that has infiltrated into every facet of our lives and taken us over as individuals and as a society in most of the worlds’ cultures. This is the date the Internet became available to the public.
Why am I mentioning this? Because this has had an effect on the world of books and publishing and specifically audiobooks in a way that has drastically changed who listens to audiobooks, where, when, why, and how they listen, and also made audiobooks a cultural norm, as well as a billion-dollar industry.
AUDIOBOOKS HAVE METAMORPHASIZED RIGHT ALONG WITH THE DIGITAL AGE, EVEN IN THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY ARE PRODUCED, MARKETED AND SOLD. The first audiobooks were invented in 1963, in the form of cassette tapes and were mostly distributed and intended for the blind or visually impaired. Popularity of these productions began to grow with technological innovations and by the 1970’s a new commercial audiobook market was born. These books on tape became available to average consumers at libraries, as well as to rent or purchase from commercial distributors for home use.

Read the entire article in the Dec/Jan. 2017-18 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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