The UK reports that audiobooks are most popular with men 25 to 44, and in Canada, there’s a big jump from 2016 to 2017 in publishers producing audiobooks.
‘It makes no sense in the modern world that readers are being penalized with an additional 20-percent VAT for choosing to embrace digital,’ says the Publishers Association chief.
The Nigerian publishing house founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusef was named winner of the Inclusivity in Publishing Award, and US-based Sara Miller McCune was on-hand to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award.
With ‘a lot of anxiety to many businesses as they grapple with the full implications’ of the European Union’s new data privacy regulations, the UK’s Publishers Association launches a special toolkit for its member publishers.
Told that the publishing industry ‘has a responsibility to be a beacon of inclusivity,’ delegates to the UK’s diversity conference look at challenges.
Ahead of the second ‘Building Inclusivity’ conference, London Book Fair’s director sees ‘examples of publishers making concerted efforts’ in diversity.
‘Publishers are noticeably investing in improving inclusivity,’ says the Publishers Association’s Emma House in London ahead of Monday’s conference.
‘We have to be realistic about the European market,’ says the Publishers Association’s Stephen Lotinga. ‘It’s been declining over the last five years.’
In its program to change the makeup of the UK book business workforce, British publishers have taken the lead in international inclusivity efforts.
Audiobook Month continues in the US as the UK’s #LoveAudio week kicks in. In both markets, research shows audio formats are popular with many men.