Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Indies First – what does it mean?

Black Friday: a day of frantic shopping for the best deals offered by the biggest companies – all competing for attention and control of your wallet. Sure, you might get a great deal but what does it save you in the end? Or perhaps what does it cost you…

Enter Small Business Saturday – the antithesis of Black Friday which occurs the very next day, Saturday. Started by American Express back in 2010, SBS encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. In it’s eighth year, the enthusiasm for shopping local has only seemed to grow as the impact of larger companies starts to reflect in our communities and for retailers like Elwood Adams which just closed it’s doors after 235 years of business as the country’s longest running hardware store. This story was heard near and far but there are too many that go unnoticed.

This brings us to Indies First – the celebration of “Indies” (e.g., Independent Bookstores) on Small Business Saturday. Spearheaded by author Sherman Alexie in 2013.  It started with the question, “What can authors do to help the indies?” Over the Labor Day weekend, Alexie started the movement with a letter to a small group of authors, whom he called on to become “superhero[es] for independent bookstores.” This event has grown in size of the years with the support of the American Booksellers Association and other authors whom have embraced Sherman’s passion for supporting local bookstores.

And now to Libro.fm. The first (and only) audiobook company that enables local bookstores to sell over 75,000 audiobooks. This year marks our second Indies First promotion which offers over 60 audiobooks for over 50% off. The goal of this promotion, made possible by our publishers, is to drive business to our partner bookstores through audiobooks. In it’s second year, the discounted audiobooks can also be purchased as gifts and Libro.fm members get to combine their 30% off a la carte discount with the 50% off on Indies First for 80% off. You can browse the 60+ audiobooks here and get ready by adding them to your Wish List before November 25th.

In the end it’s simple: shopping local supports community, supports people, and keeps your favorite local businesses thriving.

Buy someone a story this holiday season

Beginning to plot out your holiday shopping list? Thinking about the perfect gift to buy that audiobook lover in your family, but also hoping to support your favorite independent bookseller? We here at Libro.fm are excited to announce that we now offer digital audiobook gifting! This new feature means you can gift specific audiobook titles to your loved ones via email or printable certificate, all while still supporting local bookstores.

What’s more, Libro.fm members get an additional 30% off all audiobook gifts! Choose from the over 75K+ titles in our digital library, or if you need help finding the perfect one, visit our online gift guide  or recommendation page, compiled by expert independent booksellers across the country. Or better yet, visit our Indies First page and get 50% off their stellar list of titles on November 25th.

If you already have a few books in mind for yourself, great! You can use our Wish List feature, which lets you easily share your list with friends and family.

Give the gift of audiobooks this holiday season, and choose indie! Visit us at libro.fm and tell us about it on social media using #librofm #audiobookgifting #chooseindie

Audiobooks of the Month: Food, Family and Friends

Ah, November. Outside, crisp leaves are falling and a cold wind nips at your nose. Inside, fires are crackling and the smell of hot chocolate sweetens the air. The holiday season is upon us! This is a time for family and friends, for giving thanks, and for warm meals so rich and full they’ll put you to sleep. In celebration of this holiday season, we at Libro.fm have compiled a list of audiobooks sure to keep you wide awake and inspired.

Deemed “enthralling” by NPR, Bill Buford’s Heat will get you thinking (and laughing) like a New York restaurateur, just in time for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner.

Speaking of cuisine, check out Julie Powell’s Julia and Julia, her bestselling cooking memoir that became a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep!

Ever wonder what takes place behind the banquet room doors? Let Anthony Bourdain show you, through his NYT bestselling memoir Kitchen Confidential.

Mildred Armstrong Kalish’s Little Heathens, based on her life on a 1930s Iowa farm, is a heartwarming charmer with just the right dash of Americana to season your holiday evenings.

Get into the Thanksgiving spirit by reading Khizr Khan’s An American Family, a memoir that Kirkus Reviews says will “…remind us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.”

See all audiobooks of the month!

November 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

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


Fiction

1. Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Origin

By Dan Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. It

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


10. Exit West

By Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. What Happened

By Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. You Are a Badass

By Jen Sincero (Tantor Media, Inc.)


4. We Were Eight Years in Power

By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


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

By Mark Manson (HarperCollins)


6. Coming to My Senses

By Alice Waters (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


9. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


10. The Gene

By Siddhartha Mukherjee (Simon & Schuster Audio)



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

Listen up, kids!

We here at Libro.fm are happy to announce a new page tailored just for kids! We’ve heard from parents how great audiobooks can be for road trips, as an alternative to screen time, and as an educational tool. So we’ve decided to feature a host of lists just for your children, based on suggestions from real life booksellers at our independent partner bookstores!

Is your child drawn to adventure books? Introduce them to the wonderful worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter, or perhaps a futuristic New York or a Star Wars-esque Bejing!

Or perhaps they’re into mysteries. If so, we’ve got a playlist that’s perfect for your budding detective-in-training.

Gearing up for a road trip? We’ve got classics like A Wrinkle in Time and newer gems like Redwall and The Emerald Atlas to make that drive or flight a little more smooth.


This is just a sampling of our many lists, which include selections for lovers of Fantasy, Humor, Bedtime, and more. We even have list specially curated for your child’s particular age group. Come visit us now!

October 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

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


Fiction

1. My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


5. Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Sing, Unburied, Sing

By Jesmyn Ward (Simon & Schuster Audio)


7. The Golden House

By Salman Rushdie (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Glass Houses

By Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


9. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


10. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. What Happened

By Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


3. Braving the Wilderness

By Brené Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Believe Me

By Eddie Izzard (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


6. Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


7. David and Goliath

By Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)


8. Why Buddhism is True

By Robert Wright (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


 

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

Audiobooks of the Month: Masked Mystery

The days are getting dark, the pumpkins are growing orange, and the ghosts are making their neighborhood debut. You know what that means: it’s October, the perfect month to cuddle up with a warm drink and get chilled by a mystery or thriller, sure to raise the hair on any black cat. We’ve compiled a perfect Halloween list to accompany that trick-or-treat bag filled with candy. Enjoy!

Deemed by USA Today as “ambitious, heartbreaking, and…all too timely,” Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and his son Owen King explores the horror of a planet with no women.

Both a bestselling book and megahit movie, Stieg Larsson’s psychological thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the perfect listen if you want chills sent up your spine.

The New York Times called queen of suspense Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None “utterly fascinating” and “the most baffling mystery” she’s ever written.

Hide under the covers and enjoy the second novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl Who Played With Fire, “ which Entertainment Weekly called “(a) gripping, stay-up-all-night read.”

Perfect for your All Hallow’s Eve, Denis Lehane’s NYT bestseller Shutter Island will keep you guessing—and glancing over your shoulder—until the very end.

Vanity Fair said, “Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train,” so what could be a better pairing for your Halloween candy than this Paula Hawkins mystery?

Light those Jack-o’-lanterns and cue up Chris Pavone’s NYT Bestselling thriller, The Expats, dubbed by The Guardian as being “Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster…”

With The Cuckoos Calling, J.K. Rowling left the wizarding world to write a crime novel that the New York Times says contains “propulsive suspense.”

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl contains what Entertainment Weekly called “…a genuinely creepy villain you don’t see coming.” What could be a better for your Halloween night?

Neil Gaiman’s million-selling Young Adult novel The Graveyard Book stars a boy who from infancy was raised by ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens.

Learn the origins of Halloween and how our rituals came about through Ray Bradbury’s eerie novel The Halloween Tree.

Called by USA Today, “A story with a ratcheting sense of unease,” The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is certain to give you a good dose of chills.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware (of The Woman in Cabin 10 fame) has a new thriller, The Lying Game, that is sure to keep you up at night.

 Jurassic Park’s, Michael Crichton returns to his paleontological roots in this Wild West thriller, Dragon Teeth.

Spend this Halloween traveling to sixteenth-century Spain, where you can visit the dangerous, high-stakes world of politics and religion in Matthew Carr’s The Devils of Cardona.

 If you like your murder mysteries British, then Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumednamed one of the best books of the year by NPR—will be perfect for a hair-raising night.

Sometimes I Lie and Force of Nature Coming in 2018

We are excited to share extended audiobook excerpts of two forthcoming novels, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Freeney (Macmillan Audio; March 13, 2018) and Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Macmillan Audio; February 6, 2018).

Get the Free Audiobook Excerpt


Get the Free Audiobook Excerpt


If you are a bookseller, complimentary Audiobook Listening Copies (ALCs) are available until November 30th. To register for the ALC program, contact bookstores@libro.fm.

Sometimes I Lie (ALC) • Force of Nature (ALC)


For publicity inquiries, contact Brisa Robinson at Macmillan.

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.