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From audio books to podcasts, Brad Jefferies investigates the rising popularity of audio formats.

'The widespread take-up of smartphones has enabled the growth of the audio book market at the same time that phones and new technologies are cited as competing for readers' leisure time. Wave sound acquisitions editor Chiara Priorelli says there's rising interest in the audio book market, which was previously small and primarily focused on products for older generations or those with visual impairments. According to Priorelli, smartphones are the most important contributing factor to audio's rise, but she also put it down to our increasingly busy lives.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Books + Publishing vol. 97 no. 3 July 2017 11500577 2017 periodical issue

    The impending arrival of Amazon in Australia and the lessons that we can learn from the US and UK were hot topics at this year's Australian Bookseller's Association (ABA) conference. Both Shelf-Awareness editor-in-chief John Mutter and Waterstones' MD James Daunt delivered cautiously optimistic reports from their markets, with Mutter reporting that new bookstores were starting to open in the US (with some help from crowdfunding, tapping into their local communities) and Daunt speaking about how Waterstones' efforts to 'smarten up' - both in terms of improved retail spaces and better supported staff -  has led to a turnaround for the UK chain. The overall message was that if booksellers keep doing what they're doing well, if they connect with their local communities and provide an experience that cannot be replicated by Amazon, they will endure. (Editorial)

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