Some of the most dramatic growth in the publishing industry has stemmed from audiobooks. From 2013 to 2014, audiobook sales’ profits grew by more than 13 percent. Some authors have even reported stronger sales from their audiobooks than from their print or ebooks.
Radio shows long ago faded from the headlines as television’s prominence grew. The smartphones and tablets that populate our world emphasize seeing, not hearing. So what is drawing people back to listening mode?