Congrats, Summer Listening Challenge Finishers!

More than 40 independent bookstores participated in our first ever, Summer Listening Challenge.

Each participant was asked to log 20 hours of listening and tell us which bookstore they supported and what activities they did while listening. You can find the summary of results in the graphic below.

From booksellers to toddlers, and meditation to metalsmithing, there is an audiobook for everyone and no limit on the activities that can be accomplished while listening! But more importantly, with each listen through Libro.fm customers supported their local bookstore and their local community. Enough from us, hear what our finishers had to say after listening to more than 1,660 hours of audiobooks.

“I’ve completed my summer listening (I listened to sooo many books) and appreciate your encouragement!” – Sierra, supporter of Powell’s Books

“Thank you so much for offering this audio-focused reading challenge! I’ve always loved audiobooks, and my sons have gotten hooked in the past year.” – Pamela, supporter of Blue Willow Books

“So fun! I felt like a kid again, participating in my local library’s summer reading program!” – Jen, supporter of Vroman’s Bookstore

“Loved listening to books this summer! Thanks for being an amazing company!” – Kadine, supporter of Elliott Bay Book Company

Audiobooks of the Month: Back to School + Learning

The leaves are starting to change color and the air is becoming crisp. You know what that means: back to school! This is the perfect time for everyone to renew their focus on learning and set goals for the year ahead.

Audiobooks are perfect for helping you meet your goals. Did you know listening to audiobooks has been proven to build and enhance vital literacy skills such as fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension?

Audiobooks encourage critical thinking and active listening skills, and provide a great alternative to screen time on tablets and smartphones. And no, audiobooks are not cheating! …they’re a fabulous way to learn and grow.

Below is a handpicked list of books to help you fall into learning through listening.

Brain Rules – Dr. John Medina’s fascinating and funny book on how the brain works. Learn the best practices for taking care of that precious organ between your ears.

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling’s series of Harry Potter books have been thrilling readers—and enhancing their vocabularies and comprehension—now for 20 years.

The Good School – Peg Tyre offers parents smart and sophisticated ways to assess a classroom and decide if any school or teacher have the right stuff to teach their child.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – Betty MacDonald’s classic about the lady with the upside-down house is a great book to help your elementary age child leap over that word gap.

SAT – This is your guide to making SAT vocabulary words quick, easy, and fun…all while you’re on the run.

Thinking Fast and Slow – Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.

Cosmos – There’s no better guide to understanding our galaxy and its inhabitants than Carl Sagan’s bestselling classic.

Brain Rules for Aging Well – Dr. John Medina, author of the NYT bestselling Brain Rules, shares how we can learn to make the most of the years we have left.

The Better Angels of Our Nature – In this gripping exploration of humanity’s past, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker forces readers to rethink their deepest beliefs about progress, modernity, and human nature.

The Boxcar Children –75 years ago, four orphans made a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest, and the Aldens have been introducing elementary-age children to the love of reading ever since.

Back to School – Your child can learn about the Amish through following Rachel as she learns life lessons of love and forgiveness.

How to Talk So Kids Will Learn – Faber and Mazlish’s #1 NYT Bestselling book illustrates their time-tested method to help kids handle the problems that interfere with the learning process.

Homo Deus – From the NTY bestselling author of Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari’s book explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares of the twenty-first century—and asks what the future holds.

Talk Like TED – Carmine Gallo has interviewed top TED presenters and broken down their finest talks to discover nine secrets to better presenting one’s own ideas.

September 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the September 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Mrs. Fletcher

By Tom Perrotta (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

By Arundhati Roy (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Camino Island

By John Grisham (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


7. The Nix

By Nathan Hill (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. The Stone Sky

By N. K. Jemisin (Hachette Audio)


9. Meddling Kids

By Edgar Cantero (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


2. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


4. Brain Rules for Aging Well

By John Medina (Pear Press)


5. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Hunger

By Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


7. Hillbilly Elegy

By J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


8. The Book of Joy

By Douglas Carlton Abrams, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson (HarperCollins)


10. Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman (Penguin Random House Audio)


The September 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of August 2017.

August 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the August 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.

Fiction

1. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


2. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Meddling Kids

By Edgar Cantero (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

By Arundhati Roy (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. American Gods

By Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


9. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

By Nicole Galland & Neal Stephenson (HarperCollins)


10. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

By Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


Nonfiction

1. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


4. Hunger

By Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


5. Option B

By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Hillbilly Elegy

By J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


7. Bossypants

By Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)


8. Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Believe Me

By Eddie Izzard (Penguin Random House Audio)


The August 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of July 2017.

Audiobooks of the Month: Summer Reading Picks

Previously Audiobook of the Month, we would like to introduce Audiobooks of the Month! Each month a theme will guide our list of suggested audiobooks to suit a variety tastes and interests. We look forward to sharing this broader monthly list and accompanying themes with you.

For August, our theme is: Summer Reading Picks. Everyone these days is talking about their favorite summertime reads, so we’ve compiled selections from celebrity book clubs, our own partner stores, and our first Summer Listening Challenge finishers. What is Oprah Winfrey reading? How about Andrew Luck? What are Ann Patchett and Emma Straub talking up at their bookstores? What are customers of Vroman’s listening to? Whether you prefer the sun or the shade, there’s a summer read here for you.

Oprah Winfrey says Imbolo Mbue’s highly acclaimed debut novel Behold the Dreamers has “…got everything that’s grabbing the headlines in America right now.”

Emma Straub, author and owner of the bookstore Books Are Magic, picked Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, deemed by the New York Times a “strikingly symphonic novel.”

Customer and supporter of Wild Geese Bookshop, Jerry H., recommends Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman which accompanied him through work and travel.

For his book club, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck chose the New York Times bestseller Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose’s definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.

Jeff Kinney, author and owner of the An Unlikely Story bookshop, suggests Kim Scott’s Radical Candor, which explores how to be a “…Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.”

The inaugural pick of actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s book club, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts reimagines The Great Gatsby through a contemporary African-American family in a small North Carolina town.

Bookseller and supporter of Vroman’s Bookstore, Jen P. recommends You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams which she listened to while gardening, painting with watercolor, and commuting.

Bestselling author and bookstore owner Judy Blume chose Sarah Gerard’s acclaimed book of essays Sunshine State, which uses the author’s experiences growing up along Florida’s gulf coast to illuminate the struggles of modern human survival.

Actor Whoopi Goldberg’s summer pick is the New England mystery Since We Fell, written by Dennis Lehane, who was recently dubbed by the New York Times “one of the great, diabolical thriller kings.”

Ann Patchett, bestselling author and owner of Parnassus Books, says the novel Chemistry by Weike Wang “starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page.”

Finally, actor Reese Witherspoon recommended to her book club, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, which NPR called “…a crackling tale of spies and suspense.” Della A., a customer of Hudson Booksellers also recommends this audiobook which she listened to while commuting.

July Audiobook of the Month – Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

Our July Book of the Month is NYT bestselling author and Grammy nominated audiobook reader David Sedaris’s memoir, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). This new offering from one of America’s most celebrated humorists is filled with hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking entries culled from the diary he’s kept for decades. As the dates suggest, this first volume focuses on Sedaris’s early years, detailing how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.


“Theft by Finding is charming, refreshingly unpretentious, and flat-out addictive. Sedaris said in the intro that he meant for readers to dip in and out of this collection of diary entries (the first of two volumes!), but I couldn’t put it down. His pared-down observations are equal parts dark and darkly comedic, concealing and revealing. Theft by Finding surpassed my very high expectations, and I’m already feeling impatient for part two.”
Renee P, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR


 



Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). Use the hashtag #theftbyfinding and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

July 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the July 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


3. Beartown

by Fredrik Backman (Simon & Schuster Audio)


4. All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)


5. The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen (HarperCollins)


6. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


8. A Rule Against Murder

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


9. The Beautiful Mystery

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


10. Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins)


Nonfiction

1. Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


4. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

by Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


5. Hunger

by Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


6. Origins

by Donald Goldsmith and Neil deGrasse Tyson (Blackstone Audio)


7. Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins)


8. Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. Churchill and Orwell

by Thomas E. Ricks (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


The July 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of June 2017.

Summer Listening Challenge

It’s summer time and there are so many fun things to do! Audiobooks can be a great companion for art projects, exercise, gardening, and car trips. Give what we like to call #handsfreereading a try and with Libro.fm, each listen supports your local bookstore and community.

How does it work? 

First, listen to 20 hours of audiobooks between July 1st and September 4th. Next, track your progress using this worksheet. Finally, email a picture of your completed worksheet to bookstores@Libro.fm and we’ll send you a FREE Libro.fm t-shirt and earbuds!

Who can participate? 

Anyone! Adults, Parents, grandparents, kids, teenagers—we have audiobooks for all ages! Start exploring at Libro.fm and be sure to use our new Wish List to track which audiobook you want to listen to next!

Get started!

Download the worksheet, find your next audiobook, and be social with us! Share what you’re listening to and what you’re doing while listening by tagging @Librofm and using #handsfreereading and #summerlistening.

June 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm has partnered with hundreds of independent bookstore locations to sell digital audiobooks. We are proud to present the June 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


3. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Fatal Grace

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


6. Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)


10. Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins)


Nonfiction

1. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


4. Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. The Book of Joy

by Douglas Carlton Abrams, Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

by W. Kamau Bell (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Hallelujah Anyway

by Anne Lamott (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Washington

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


The June 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstores during the month of May 2017.

The magic of listening, now through local bookstores

Name a literary artist with a vision so powerful that their words have conjured a theme park based upon the world they imagined. There’s only one: J.K. Rowling. Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, her seven-part series chronicling young Potter’s heroic journey to rid the world of the evil Lord Voldemort continues to capture the hearts and minds of not just children, but adults as well. What child doesn’t yearn to attend the hallowed halls of Hogwarts? What parent doesn’t wish they could explore the nooks and crannies of Diagon Alley?

Now Libro.fm has partnered with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment, and news company, to offer eight Wizarding World digital audiobooks through independent bookstores nationwide. This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer the full Harry Potter digital audiobook collection (seven novels in the series) and the digital audiobook of the Fantastic Beasts Hogwarts Library book to their customers.

Who seeks the Sorcerer’s Stone? What lurks in the Chamber of Secrets? Should we fear or love the Prisoner of Azkaban, or for that matter, the Half-Blood Prince? And who can save New York City from such Fantastic Beasts?

Now you can listen and find out. Learn more at libro.fm/wizardingworld.