Audiopolis, a Whole New World for Audiobooks--AudioFile Magazine Launches First Podcast

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AudioFile, the magazine for people who love audiobooks launches Audiopolis, a biweekly podcast of recorded reviews. Premiering at the Apple iTunes Music Store, Audiopolis is a whole new world of audiobook reviews.

Audiopolis talks about audiobooks--in a whole new way. AudioFile magazine's new podcast makes audiobook reviews come alive--using the product's own medium--spoken word. Using sound clips to illustrate why these audiobooks are worth the listening time, AudioFile's reviewers discuss selected titles and lets you hear why.

AudioFile, the premier magazine about audiobooks, covers hundreds of audiobook titles—in print. This week's launch of Audiopolis brings the first spoken reviews to AudioFile's comprehensive online archive of more than 18,000 print reviews of audiobooks. This dynamic way of hearing examples of what the reviewer is discussing makes an audiobook review come alive in a new and compelling form. Each podcast episode is a "soundreview" of a chosen audiobook that lends itself to discussion and illumination by the use of clips from the audio.

The Audiopolis podcast is available at the Apple iTunes Music Store and from AudioFile's Web site, http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/audiopolis in MP3 format, and as a feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Audiopolis. The podcast plays in iPods and other MP3 players. New episodes will be added to the program every two weeks. Audiopolis is free. The first two titles featured on Audiopolis are "Night," by Elie Wiesel, read by George Guidall and "First Man" by James Hansen, read by Boyd Gaines. Both titles are reviewed by Susan Dunman.

AudioFile editor and founder Robin Whitten suggests that Audiopolis is indeed a whole new world. "The medium of audiobooks is sound, but our reviews have always been print. The creation of "soundreviews" uses audio's own format and truly lets someone hear why an audiobook is so compelling and why it's worth their time." Growth continues in the audiobook industry that still sells the majority of its audiobook products on CDs and cassettes. But, listeners have responded strongly to downloadable audiobooks—available from the Apple iTunes Music Store, Audible.com, public libraries, and growing numbers of Web sites.

About AudioFile Magazine

Published since 1992 from Portland, Maine, AudioFile is the only information source devoted solely to audiobooks. The magazine's bimonthly print issues and an active Web site cover audiobooks with reviews, news, author interviews, narrator profiles and featured booklists. For more information, visit http://www.audiofilemagazine.com.

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