Celebrate Audiobook Month

It’s Audiobook Month! What’s to celebrate?

For starters, the growth of this amazing category as people find creative ways to read, learn, and discover in a society that is short on time. While we love ourselves a physical book, audio enables you to read on the go and works as the perfect compliment to your literary closet.

Booksellers at Libro.fm Partner Store, Parnassus Books

It’s also a time to celebrate local bookstores and our booksellers who consume audiobooks day and night, working hard to make quality recommendations for their customers and the audiobook community at large. These experts (and experts they are) have access to complimentary audiobooks through Libro.fm and our publisher partners. You can find hundreds of these expert recommendations on the Libro.fm website.

If you’re new to Libro.fm, it’s the perfect time to join our monthly membership and listen to your first audiobook/month for free. And if you’re a long-time customer, perhaps it’s time to introduce your friends to the audiobook option which supports hundreds of local bookstores, thousands of booksellers, and countless communities. As Sarah Jessica Parker put it, “I think bookstores are often what holds our communities together.”

Summer Listening Challenge

It’s summer time! The Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge is back in 2018, and this year you could win a year’s supply of free audiobooks.

There are so many fun things to do during the summer, and audiobooks can be a great companion for art projects, exercise, gardening, and car trips—we like to call it #handsfreereading. And with Libro.fm, each audiobook purchase means supporting your local bookstore and investing in your community!

Listen to 5 audiobooks or the equivalent of 20 hours of audiobooks between June 15th and September 4th and track your progress using this Listening Challenge Worksheet. Either email a picture of your completed worksheet to bookstores@libro.fm or fill out this online form, and you will be entered to win free audiobooks for a year!

Need some awesome listens to queue up for summer? We have plenty of fantastic playlists including our Summer Listening Challenge playlist, curated by independent bookstores around the country. Looking for great titles recommended by the experts (booksellers)? We have bookseller recommendations. If you already know the titles you’re looking for, just head over to Libro.fm and search for the ones you want!

Happy Listening!

The Perfect Gift for Mom

This Sunday 5/13 is Mother’s Day! Are you looking for the perfect gift for mom? Gift her an audiobook from Libro.fm, and your purchase supports your local independent bookstore. Head over to our gift center and find the perfect audiobook gift.

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Need some other ideas? Check out these audiobooks that examine and celebrate motherhood!

That Kind of Mother

by Rumaan Alam

Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. She reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla Johnson—and begs her to come home with them as her son’s nanny. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently. This is a remarkable audiobook about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.

Motherhood

by Sheila Heti

In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti’s intimate and urgent audiobook considers whether she will do so at all. In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with candor, originality, and humor.

The Perfect Mother

by Aimee Molloy

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a nuanced and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers’ lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

by Meaghan O’Connell

This audiobook is a raw, funny, and fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up. When Meaghan O’Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed — a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood — didn’t exist. So she decided to write it herself.

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table

By Rick Bragg

The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory — many of them pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.

Educated: May Pick for “Now Read This”

Educated by Tara Westover is the May 2018 selection for the PBS NewsHour—New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover did not go to the doctor or attend school—until she taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.

Westover told the New York Times: “I wrote the book I wished I could have given to myself when I was losing my family. When I was going through that experience, I became aware of how important stories are in telling us how to live—how we should feel, when we should feel proud, when we should feel ashamed. I was losing my family, and it seemed to me that there were no stories for that—no stories about what to do when loyalty to your family was somehow in conflict with loyalty to yourself. And forgiveness. I wanted a story about forgiveness that did not conflate forgiveness with reconciliation, or did not treat reconciliation as the highest form of forgiveness. In my life, I knew the two might always be separate. I didn’t know if I would ever reconcile with my family, and I needed to believe that I could forgive, regardless.”

Listen to this sample, and buy the Educated  audiobook on Libro.fm to support your local, independent bookstore with your purchase!

You can submit questions about Educated to the Now Read This Book Club Facebook Group. Are you reading the book with your friends? Use these discussion questions to get your conversations started.

Bookstore Day: Thank you!

Thank you to everyone—booksellers and customers—who participated in Independent Bookstore Day 2018! Your commitment to reading and community is what makes this day a success.

As a result of YOU spreading the word, we welcomed many new people to the Libro.fm family, some of whom have never tried audiobooks before. You’re empowering others to support local, independent bookstores with their audiobook purchases—which means you also just did all these things. You’re the reason that independent bookstores are thriving.

Did you miss the free audiobooks on Saturday? Don’t worry, we have the next-best thing. Check out our Great Audiobooks On Sale playlist for a fantastic collection of titles currently priced $10 or less!

Libro.fm received so much love on social media from bookstores, authors, and influencers—so much that we can’t include every mention in this blog post—but here are a couple highlights:

Page 158 Books

Laini Taylor

Rima – @pardonmywritings

Jessica from the Country Bookshelf

James Patterson

Starline Books

The Bookish Babes

Vroman’s Bookstore

What did you do?

You just supported your local, independent bookstore! And that means so much more than you probably realize.

By supporting independent bookstores, both in-store and through Libro.fm:

You kept money within your local economy: Your community sees 25% more money when you shop locally rather than at a national chain. More of your tax dollars are also reinvested in your community.

You created local jobs: local businesses are better at creating higher paying jobs in the community.

You protected the environment: buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

You made a difference: local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

You nurtured your community’s uniqueness: you know the people that are choosing inventory, and they know you. They are curating their selection based on what they know that you and other communities members like and want to see…that’s why Libro.fm loves to feature Bookseller Recommendations.


Bottom line: You are helping your community thrive!

 


Create an account with Libro.fm today, and your audiobook purchases will support your local independent bookstore.

Spread the word and help others support their local independent bookstores through Libro.fm by referring your friends and family.

Author Love for Independent Bookstores

Authors love independent bookstores for some of the same reasons the rest of us do: they are hubs for community, their booksellers make fantastic recommendations, and they are great physical spaces to celebrate love of books.

Many authors also attribute part or all of their success to the Indie booksellers that handsell their books to customers and champion their work to communities around the country.

These awesome authors have spoken out about what bookstores mean to them:


Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere


Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine (FREE on Independent Bookstore Day)


Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer (FREE on Independent Bookstore Day)


Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers


Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods


Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward and Ghost Boys

 


Dan Pink, author of When


Veronica Henry, author of How to Find Love in a Bookshop


Cecelia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You


Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark


John Lescroart, author of Fatal


Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul


Kirby Larson, author of Hattie Big Sky


Ross McMeekin, author of The Hummingbirds


Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper


Alex Gino, author of George


Kheryn Callender, author of Hurricane Child


Francisco X. Stork, author of The Memory of Light

The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an 8-part PBS television series that explores America’s 100 best-loved novels and celebrates the power of reading. The series will launch on Tuesday, May 22nd on PBS at 8/7c and will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning Meredith Vieira.

The 100 novels were chosen via national survey, and each segment of the show features compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.

This series is designed to get the country reading and talking passionately about books. Use The Great American Read playlist to make your way through these beloved books!

The series will culminate with the announcement of America’s best-loved book, chosen by a nationwide vote. Voting will open with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode on 5/22 and continue up until the finale in October 2018. Viewers will be able to vote online, via social media using hashtags, and using SMS and toll-free voting.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Libro.fm

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party celebrating independent bookstores across the country—this year it is on Saturday, April 28th. Help us spread the word about this special day and the important role independent bookstores play in our communities!

As a thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore through Libro.fm, we will be giving away FREE audiobooks on April 28th! If you don’t already have an account, create one today to receive an email reminder to download your free audiobooks on Independent Bookstore Day…then go celebrate in-store with your local bookstore!


Share the love with your personal community!

Refer your friends and family to Libro.fm today—they get their first audiobook for just $0.99, and you get a free audiobook after their first month of membership. Not to mention the free audiobooks you will both get on Bookstore Day!

Create Your Account
(and be reminded about free audiobooks on 4/28)

Share the Love


Not sure your friends are ready to sign up for a membership?

You can gift them the free audiobooks on April 28th–all you need is their email addresses. Just be sure to complete your free purchase before midnight PST. After that, your friends can download their audiobook gifts anytime.


Why are we celebrating?

Independent bookstores are unique local anchors run by passionate booksellers–at the heart of everything they do is a love of books and a commitment to community. When you choose Libro.fm, your audiobook purchases support your local independent bookstore and help your local community thrive!

Independent Bookstores are Thriving

How are independent bookstores not just surviving, but thriving, in the age of Amazon? It’s a question that Ryan Raffaelli, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, first asked in 2015, compelling him to study independent bookstores ever since.

He plans to release an initial version of his study later in 2018, but in the meantime, he has published an abstract with an overview of his initial findings, called “Reframing Collective Identity in Response to Multiple Technological Discontinuities: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores.

Raffaelli has found that independent bookstores’ resurgence was in part facilitated by bottom-up processes in the form of a social movement: “localism.” Independent bookstores and other small, local businesses raised awareness for localism and helped develop the value of community.

He also found that independent bookstores were able to reclaim market demand by setting themselves apart from retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble in their practices. Independent bookstores’ curation of inventory focuses on providing a more specialized and personal experience to their customers.

Independent Bookstores also redefined their role in communities and became the place where people convene. Bookstores are no longer simply a place to buy books; they are gathering places and venues in the community.

At the same time independent bookstores have been redefining themselves from the bottom up, the American Booksellers Association has been promoting a collective identity that established cohesiveness, while still preserving each store’s independence.

Independent bookstores continue to bring incredible value to their local communities and that is why they are thriving!

In an interview with Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, Raffaelli said, “This has been an especially fascinating industry to study because indie booksellers provide us with a story of hope.”

At Libro.fm, we know our relationships with customers, partner bookstores, authors, and publishers can be a driving force for building community. The heart of what we do is driven by our love of books and our commitment to helping your local community thrive–just like your favorite brick-and-mortar shop.

Join this movement and celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Libro.fm on Saturday, April 28th.


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