The Revival of Audio Books

A short history of the audio book

In 1920 the Royal National Institute for the Blind in England was already researching on ways to develop audio books for the blind. Back then there were a bunch of ex lover WWI soldiers that had actually gone blind as an outcome of the combating. In 1926 the RNIB started to choose to use LP’s to record audio books which could possibly be used on record players (the kind with the large horn, you needed to turn a handle a number of times before it would play).

In 1936 the “Talking Book Service” was launched. The first 2 publications were:’The murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie as well as Joseph Conrad’s ‘Thyphoon’. The documents utilized at the time might hold 25 mins of spoken tekst, so they needed about 10 records for an ordinary audio publication.

In 1940 the studio chosen to use by the RNIB was bombed, in addition, one month later a substitute center was flopped as well. The RNIB wanted to start releasing audio publications again, yet they required specific products which had been destroyed.

nls3In America, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), had actually begun generating audio books as well, and they did send the much required components to assist their English equivalents. Unfortunately the shipment got lost during a bombing raid of the London harbor! A second shipment however did make it, and the RNIB was able to begin once more with the production of audio books.

In the sixties the audio books started to appear on cassettes, and also later on, after the invention of the compact disk player, on CD’s.

Nowadays the audio books have become more are preferred then ever before, despite their age. Among the major factors for their ever growing popularity is that audio books could be downloaded and installed directly from the Internet. There are an excellent couple of audio book authors who have this service, in addition, it looks like their on a winner.

Audio books, more then 70 years old and still growing solid.