Books industry celebrate audiobooks this July with #LoveAudio

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#LoveAudio returns for a fifth year and will run from Monday 12 to Friday 16 July 2021.

The annual celebration will highlight the accessibility, creativity and innovation of audiobooks.

Dominic Gribben, Audio Publisher at Hachette UK and Chair of the Publishers Association’s Audio Publishers Group, said:

“#LoveAudio is a wonderful way to highlight some of the exciting and innovative things happening across the industry and – with the Best New Voices list – celebrate some of the talented and hardworking people who make it all possible.”

Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, commented:

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the audio format with the fifth #LoveAudio campaign and encourage everyone who loves audiobooks to join in using #LoveAudio.

“Audiobooks are an incredibly accessible and fast-growing format that bring comfort, information and entertainment to many and it’s fantastic to see the innovation publishers continue to bring to audio. Given their popularity it’s a shame that audiobooks are now the only remaining digital book format that is not 0% VAT rated and we continue to make the case that they should be.”

Activity for #LoveAudio 2021 will include:

  • Publishers, partners and the Publishers Association spreading the love for audio across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Downloadable assets are available from our #LoveAudio Toolkit.
  • The Publishers Association will host a ‘How to Get Into Audio Publishing’ event on Tuesday 13 July at 1pm.
  • Hachette will host an ‘Opening the Book’ event focused on working in Audio/Digital publishing on Wednesday 14 July at 5.30pm. This event is designed to demystify publishing and make the industry more transparent and accessible to under-represented groups. 
  • BookMachine will run an online Q&A session with Bookwire and Hera Books at 1pm on Wednesday 14 July.
  • The Publishers Association will launch a list of Best New Voices in audiobook publishing which will showcase the best new talent in audio narration.
  • Publishers and producers will be sharing exciting clips and behind the scenes content posted across their social channels throughout the week.
  • New content on the Publishers Association website including Q&As with National Literacy Trust researcher, Emily Best, and Penguin Random House audio publicist, Chloe Rose.