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Audio Publishers Association Update

A periodic update from the Audio Publishers Association.
The APA is busy planning for this year's June Is Audiobook Month promotions. This year, publishers are being offered the opportunity to purchase space in an APA ad in the New York Times and in Publishers Weekly. Additionally, the APA will distribute thousands of sampler cassettes through major chains and specialty retailers.

The APA's joint venture with R. R. Bowker has exceeded expectations. We have on-line a database of all audiobooks available and publishers can update, correct, and add titles on-line. Many companies have signed up for Bowker's unlimited site search through a license agreement.

For the first time ever, the APA is sponsoring a Audiobook Job Market on April 6, 2000 in NYC. Many publishers have agreed to participate in interviewing pre-screened applicants for positions as readers, abridgers, producers, and other audio positions. More information on this event can be found on the APA's website (

This year's Audie Awards should continue to build on last year's terrific event. This year the black tie event will be held in Chicago during BEA at the Field Museum. The Audie Awards recognizes the audiobooks in the industry. Robin Whitten of AudioFile Magazine has spearheaded recruiting over 100 judges to assist in the process. Jenny Frost of Random House/BDD will again chair the event.

The Audio Publishers Association Annual Conference will be held in Chicago on June 1, 2000. A major focus of this year's conference will be focusing on the exciting new technologies emerging in our industry.

The APA is quite fortunate to have two new committees this year. Paul Jobling of Chivers Audio is chairing our Library Outreach committee, which will focus on locating opportunities for the APA and our publisher members to serve the library market more effectively. The APA has also formed a Technology Committee co-chaired by Don Katz and Beth Anderson (both from Audible, Inc.). They have assembled a high-powered committee including a senior representative from Microsoft.

The nominees for the 42nd annual Grammy Awards, given annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, were announced January 4th. The nominees for Best Spoken Word Album for Children included independent audio publishers Round River Records and Listening Library. Nominees in the adult Best Spoken Word Album category included The Publishing Mills and Fair Oaks Audio. The Grammys will be presented on February 23 in Los Angeles.

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