APA Announces Audiobook Blogger of the Year

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced that Jennifer Conner, who runs the book blog “The Literate Housewife,” will be recognized as the 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year—an honor awarded to her through a competition sponsored by the APA. LJ spoke to Conner about her “Armchair Audies” program in 2013.

“The APA created this contest to recognize the valuable contribution of independent audiobook listeners who review and promote the format online” said Megan Fitzpatrick of Hachette Audio, who is an APA member and one of the contest judges. “We saw it as an opportunity to not only reward their work, but to increase engaging discussions about audiobooks on the web and to encourage new bloggers to join the conversation.”

For the competition bloggers were invited to submit entries for consideration by a five-member panel of judges including three APA members, APA Executive Director Michele Cobb, and one celebrity judge—actor and audiobook narrator Bronson Pinchot.

“I was honored to join this effort to recognize all of the amazing work book bloggers do to celebrate and advocate the audiobook listening experience,” Pinchot said. “The range of focus from site to site (examining various genres and appealing to different audiences) was impressive, and their enthusiasm contagious. Without exception, the entries were of high quality, with well-written and deeply considered reviews, and many also had very strong reputations for championing audiobooks through social media.”

Entrants were judged on three review posts submitted for consideration; on the overall review coverage and aesthetics of their site; on their social media presence and interaction with their blog community and fellow bloggers; and on a personal statement.

Conner’s prize for winning the competition is two tickets to the black-tie Audies Gala, which will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. Conner will be recognized for her achievement at the Gala and have her photo taken with Audies emcee, author Jack Gantos, and contest judge Bronson Pinchot.

Conner had this to say about her new title: “Audiobooks are my passion. Knowing how gifted and diverse the audiobook blogging community is, it is an incredible honor to be chosen as the APA’s 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year. Receiving this award tells me that in some way I have contributed to the audiobook community that has given me so much.”

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