au·​dio·​book | \ ˈȯ-dē-ō-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce audiobook (audio) \

Definition of audiobook

: a recording of a book or magazine being read aloud

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Recent audiobooks of note: OUR HARLEM: Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster, by Marcus Samuelsson, read by the author. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Mötley Crüe to Cinderella," 12 July 2019 Library cards can be used to check out books, downloadable audiobooks, video games and magazines; to use a computer; and to attend free programs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Welcome to San Diego," 30 June 2019 Digital books, audiobooks, music, movies, digital and physical photographs, maps, fruit crate labels, autographs, obituaries, computers, Wi-Fi and an online high school. Martin Wolk,, "Why Susan Orlean sees a bright future for public libraries," 20 June 2019 Also coming from iOS: Voice Memos, Calculator, and Books (just for audiobooks, though). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote next week," 31 May 2019 Try a family audiobook (the Harry Potter series and books by Roald Dahl are winners for most ages). Kate Rockwood, Woman's Day, "How to Make the Most of Your Next Family Adventure," 25 June 2019 Those sales included preorders, first day sales of print books, e-books and audiobooks, Simon & Schuster said, adding that the title’s preorder sales were the largest in the publishing house’s history. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Woodward’s ‘Fear’ Posts Strong Sales as Interest in Trump Books Continues," 12 Sep. 2018 Walmart announced that it's teamed up with Japan's Rakuten to sell e-books, audiobooks, and Rakuten's Kobo e-readers later this year. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Walmart joins, well, most of its competitors in selling e-books," 26 Jan. 2018 There’ also are updates to older faces to include new features, such as an audiobook tracker and a noise-level monitor. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2019 developer conference," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of audiobook

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for audiobook

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Kids Definition of audio book

: a recording of a book being read

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