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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.