Libro.fm is now a partner of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and will be lending support to the ABA’s Indies First campaign.
What is the ABA?
The ABA is the national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. Serving over 2,000 bookstores nationwide, their support ranges from education and information dissemination to business products, services, and advocacy.
What does this new partnership mean?
With a partnership now in place, digital audiobooks will now appear on the IndieCommerce product page of Libro.fm partners. (IndieCommerce is the ecommerce platform developed by ABA just for independent bookstores.) This makes it easy for customers to purchase any format of a particular book while also supporting their local bookstore. The partnership also will allow us to reach more indie bookstores and help them benefit from a Libro.fm online storefront. More than 160 independent bookstore locations now offer digital audiobooks (choose your store).
The Indies First campaign.
In the coming weeks, Libro.fm will be lending support to Indies First, ABA’s national campaign featuring activities and events supporting independent bookstores. Spokesperson Lena Dunham is helping drive excitement for the campaign, which will take place on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016. As part of Indies First, bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to help hand-sell their favorite titles, sign books, give readings, and more—Lena Dunham, for example, will spend the day at Book Soup in Los Angeles.
Stay tuned for Libro.fm’s special promotion in support of Indies First!
We recognize that book lovers have a choice where they purchase audiobooks. We’ve compiled six reasons why Libro.fm should be at the top of any list.
#1 / Audiobooks purchased through Libro.fm directly support your local, independent bookstore.
You can now listen to audiobooks while still shopping local. We believe independent bookstores like Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company and Boston’s Papercuts J.P. are the heart and soul of our communities, which is why we’re so thrilled to partner with them and more than four hundred other indie stores, including Blue Willow Bookshop, Book Passage, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Village Books, Northshire Bookstore, Tattered Cover Book Store, and WORD Bookstores.
#2 / Expert Recommendations from indie booksellers.
Whether it’s featuring the best of the Indie Next List or Bookseller Recommendations, we’ll keep you in the know.
#3 / Easy to listen using our free app (iOS or Android)
You’re just a few clicks away from finding your next book club selection among the tens of thousands of audiobooks available on Libro.fm, including The New York Times bestsellers. Download our free app for any iOS or Android device.
#4 / The best audio quality you’ll find anywhere.
Crystal clear. No distractions. Just you and a book by one of the great novelists of our time, read to you in full stereo.
#5 / DRM-free. Listen to your audiobook on any MP3 enabled device.
Say you download the H Is for Hawk audiobook to your computer… shouldn’t you also be able to listen to it on your smartphone? We think so, too.
#6 / Independently owned and operated by a team of book lovers who believe we should all #chooseindie.
Some places put profits before customers, authors, or their love for books. This means that someone along the line is getting the short end of the stick. We don’t do that. We are independent and community-driven, just like the bookstores we love.
For July’s Book of the Month, we’re featuring two compelling titles. The first, Noah Hawley’s gripping novel, Before the Fall (narrated by Robert Petkoff), explores the intertwined mysteries behind a fateful oceanic plane crash. The second, Ginny Gilder’s inspiring memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX — narrated by Janis Ian and free through Libro.fm for the entire month—follows the author’s struggle to reach the top of the rowing world while also finding peace with her sexuality.
“This award-winning writer’s newest novel opens with a real nail-biter: a private jet crashes into the Atlantic off the New England coast and the harrowing survival of two of its passengers raises more questions than answers. At first a hero for rescuing four-year-old JJ, artist Scott Burroughs soon becomes the object of suspicion. Through the stories of each of the passengers, this thrilling mystery unfurls to its spellbinding end.”
– Robin, Forever Books, St. Joseph, MI
Get twenty percent off Before the Fall (and all Libro.fm audiobooks) thru July by entering this code at checkout: SUMMER2016
“Beautiful and important on so many levels, Course Correction is about rowing and about so much more—hope and hopelessness, fear and courage, loss and redemption. Ultimately it is about the transforming power of love, and, dammit all, it made me cry.”
—Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
Get your complimentary download of Course Correction (until July 31, 2016 at Midnight PST)
Listen to a preview of Course Correction
Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss Before the Fall and Course Correction. Use the hashtags #beforethefall and #coursecorrection, and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Today we’re thrilled to announce that our iOS app is now available free in the app store! If you’re an iPhone or iPod user, enjoying your Libro.fm books has just become even easier.
Simplicity is the theme of this app. Its interface is clear and uncluttered so your books can really shine. Navigation between screens of the app is intuitive so you won’t have to dig through any menus to find the functionality you’re looking for. And when you complete a purchase on Libro.fm, simply pull to refresh the library and your new books will be available for download.
While we’ve worked hard to keep the app simple, we’ve also included powerful features:
- Listen offline wherever life takes you
- Skip forward and back a few seconds to make sure you don’t miss a word
- Change your listening speed for perfectly-paced narration
- Bookmark important passages and leave yourself a note about why they matter
- Set the timer when you want your book to stop playing after a certain time
- Control playback from the lockscreen or your headphones for convenience on the go
If you like technical details, the app is written in 100% Swift, Apple’s new programming language. We’re living in the future!
Celebrate with us! All books are 20% off through 4/15/2016 with coupon code “ioslaunch” at checkout. And if you have any comments or suggestions about the new app, we’d love to hear from you at email@example.com.
Your first step is selecting a great book at Libro.fm. Here’s what we recommend right now:
Check out the Libro.fm bestseller list or pick up one of our great books on sale.
Android users – your Libro.fm app is in progress! As we work on it, you can learn how to transfer books to your device from our listening guide. We recommend Google Play Music or Material Audiobook Player.
Audiobooks are great for busy people. But they’re more than just a way to squeeze in a few more books. They can also be a helpful tool for students. While in New York a few weeks ago, I met the folks over at Sound Learning where I learned that audiobooks can help improve literacy, test scores, pronunciation, comprehension, and more.
This is good news since I have two little girls who are just entering elementary school, and love listening to audiobooks.
Check out the stats from Sound Learning:
Want to get your kids hooked on audiobooks this summer? Check out our selection of children’s and young adult books.