During Frankfurt: Publishing Scotland Launches Five Audiobooks

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The season for Publishing Scotland includes the arrival of its first five audiobooks as well as an anniversary for ‘Beano.’

At the 2023 Frankfurt Audio area in Hall 3.1. Image: FBM, Ingo Hattendorf

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Five Audiobooks, Publishing Scotland’s First
At Publishing Scotland, Vikki Reilly reports that the company’s stand at Frankfurter Buchmesse had “lots of activity” including “international rights deals, pre-empts, and [publishing house] DC Thomson celebrating Beano‘s 85th birthday.”

One of the things being discussed on the stand was five audiobooks, the first from this Edinburgh-based program, which has worked with Offbeat Productions to produce them.

In Scotland, according to Publishing Scotland, the audiobook market has grown an average of 11.7 year over year for five years.

In 2022, the agency reports, the Scottish audiobook sector was worth £205.4 million (US$248.8 million).

Seeing the golden glint in downloadable and/or streaming audio, Publishing Scotland has created its Audiobook Project in a quintet of audiobooks representing these independent publishers. They are:

  • 404 Ink
  • Saraband
  • Ringwood Publishing
  • Charco Press
  • Haunt Publishing
Publish Scotland’s First Five Audiobooks

Elena Knows

Author: Claudia Piñeiro
Translated by: Frances Riddle
Published by: Charco Press
Read by: Sally Masterson

Elena Knows is described as “the story of a mother on a search for the truth about her daughter’s death.”


How to Survive Everything

Author: Ewan Morrison
Published by: Saraband
Read by: Olivia Caw

How to Survive Everything is described as “a literary thriller [about] a family trying to survive a deadly pandemic.”


Carrie Kills a Man

Author: Carrie Marshall
Published by: 404 Ink
Read by: Carrie Marshall

Carrie Kills a Man is described as “an honest, moving, and frequently funny memoir of trans womanhood.”


The Gingerbread Man

Author: Joanne Corrance
Published by: Haunt Publishing
Read by: Steve Worsley

The Gingerbread Man is described as “a horror story of desire, revenge and ambition set in an eerie Highland hotel.”


Ruxton: The First Modern Murder

Author: Tom Wood
Published by: Ringwood Publishing
Read by: Steve Worsley

Ruxton is described as “a true crime tale of jealousy and murder that led to pioneering work in forensic science.”

More information on these first titles from Publishing Scotland is available in a brochure (PDF) here.


More from Publishing Perspectives on Scotland is here, more from us on audiobooks is here, and more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

Now available here for your free download, our 2023 Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt Book Fair magazine

Our 75th Frankfurt coverage from our Frankfurt Book Fair Magazine, which has been available throughout the trade show in print, is also available for your free download.

The magazine has more interviews with fellows and grant-program recipients from international publishing markets, as well as previews of programming from our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurt including our Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks’ Kim Chongsatitwana; highlights of key events at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse; and coverage of Frankfurt’s upcoming guest of honor programs (Italy, the Philippines, the Czech Republic) and this year’s Guest of Honor Slovenia.

There’s also news of literary agents and agencies; award-winning books from guest of honor markets; focus articles on artificial intelligence, sustainability; and a forthcoming effort to get more Korean literature into world markets; as well as 75th-anniversary “Frankfurt Moments.”

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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