Telling the Truth About Content

Findawayers Celebrate Banned Books Week

September 25, 2014Allie Heeter 0

This week, the last week of September, is a time where libraries, booksellers, and many more celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event where we highlight the value of free and open access to information and to all content. In order to bring awareness this year, we’ve talked to some of our own Findawayers about one of their favorite books on a Banned Books list.

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For the Love of a Book

September 15, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Kearney, recommended it to me and when I finished it that first time through I went back for more Mary Downing Hahn. But I loved none quite so much as Wait Till Helen Comes, that perennial favorite ghost story still in print nearly 30 years after it was first published. When, as an adult, I had the opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn, I knew I wanted that particular copy from my old elementary school library to take to her to sign. Memory is a funny thing and books—not just the words within them, but the specific combination of tree pulp and glue we’ve held in our hands—are sacred objects, and I wanted my copy, the one my small, eager hands had thumbed so many times, not a pristine version off the bookstore shelf with no yellowing pages, no cracked spine.

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Librarian Recommendations for Book Discoverability

September 12, 2014Marika Gofman 0

More books than ever are being published. With subscription models touting tens of thousands of titles and libraries housing tens of thousands of books on their physical and digital shelves, discoverability has become increasingly important in the book world. The perfect combination promotes both librarian recommendations and discoverability—lucky for us, this exists.

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The October To-Read Pile

September 2, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Oh, October, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It seems almost unfair to all the other months to add the mania of new titles held onto all year for the coveted fall release. There are so many blockbusters coming out in October—Grisham, Picoult, Macomber, Stuart Woods, John Sandford—that I couldn’t possibly mention them all, so I’ll stick to a tiny handful of ones to watch for.

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Narrator Interview: Johnny Heller

August 26, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Last week I talked with the Man of a Million Voices*, Johnny Heller. Named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, Heller is a multiple Audie Award winner and all-around funny guy. Here, he gives us his expert insights on creating dozens of distinct character voices, some of his favorite projects out of the 500+ books he’s recorded, and what he does to annoy his girlfriend.

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Listen-alikes: The Readers’ Advisory for Audio

August 19, 2014Denine Del Balso 0

How many times have you fell head over spine in love with a book, sought out your local librarian, and requested their assistance in finding titles similar to the one you just read? This is what the library community refers to as readers’ advisory. As a recent audiophile, I want in on some of this advisory action.

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Audiobooks and Multitasking

July 29, 2014Marika Gofman 0

For those of us who like to think we are avid readers, yet barely find enough time in each day to eat, sleep, and work, the thought of reading for pleasure is hardly achievable. The perfect solution for checking books off your “To-Be-Read” list is listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are the perfect addition for the super busy person who lives and breathes by multi-tasking.

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Narrator Interview: Karen White

July 22, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

One of the best things about the audiobook industry is the narrators and I don’t just mean for the obvious reasons. When I was at Book Expo America in May, I was privileged to spend some time in the community of audiobook narrators, and I do mean community. This is a group of people who support each other, and build each other up, and offer advice, and everyone I met was so committed and passionate about what they do. Karen White was no exception.

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