Polaris Black submitted:
Audiobooks are enjoying resurgence today mostly because they have the ability to integrate into our busy lives. Audible even has a system where a user is able to pick up an e-book exactly where the user stopped listening to the audio, so that readers don’t have to choose one or the other. Here’s a quick history of how this medium arose:
After the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison, it was possible to listen to a reproduction of a recording and Alexander Graham Bell made some practical improvements. These early records could only accommodate short works such as children’s verses and poetry.
The “Books for the Adult Blind Project” included recorded readings of Helen Keller, The Bible, O. Henry, and Edgar Allen Poe supported by the Library of Congress. Since many soldiers sustained eye injuries, the US and UK focused on providing veterans and other visually impaired people with access to books in audio form. To help newly blind soldiers, the New York Public Library’s Women’s Auxiliary, spearheaded by Anne T. MacDonald, developed Recording for the Blind, for those who needed access to recordings for education.
Caedmon Records, now part of HarperCollins, produced audio recordings intended to recreate the moment of inspiration, rather than merely produce a collection of great voices or important literary voices.
Audiocassettes are invented! They were called talking books at the time and the medium grew in popularity.
Once CDs were invented, bestsellers got recorded on audio and audiobooks became the perfect travel entertainment despite their being impractical to carry around all day.
New technology has enabled anyone to enjoy audiobooks through totally portable smartphones!
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