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05 March 2019

Cambridge University Press announces first audiobooks 

Cambridge University Press is launching its first audiobooks at this year’s London Book Fair. 

It will be the first time the publisher has produced its own audiobooks, working closely with the production company Sound Understanding - which specializes in nonfiction - to release five titles from its recently launched academic trade programme as part of a pilot project. 

The titles will be available to purchase from the Press and through a variety of retailers and subscription services.  

Last year the Publishers Association reported that sales of audiobooks had increased by 148 per cent between 2013 and 2017, making them the fastest growing area in digital publishing. Download sales rose 22 per cent in 2017 alone. 

Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic Publishing at the Press, said: ‘Content usage is evolving and we need to evolve with it. Audio is an increasingly popular and important way for people to enjoy books and we need to explore its potential for making the fantastic work of Press authors available as widely as possible. 

That’s why we have picked titles from our new and recently-announced Academic Trade Programme for the trial. Allof the titlespresent cutting-edge ideas of huge relevance to the way we live and understand our world. As a university press dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge, it makes absolute sense to see what audiobooks can offer in ensuring the widest impact for this information.’ 

At the end of the pilot, the Press will consider rolling out a larger selection of audiobooks from across its Academic publishing portfolio. 

The first four titles set for publication include:Stand out of our Light, Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy by James Williams, There Is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee, The Ape that Understood the Universe, How the Mind and Culture Evolve by Steve Stewart-Williams and On the Brink, Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War by Van Jackson. 

They will be followed later this year by an audiobook version of Crack – David Farber’s look at the history of the drug. 

Visitors to the Press’s stand at London Book Fair in March will be able to listen to clips of Mike Berners-Lee reading from his book, There Is No Planet B.


For more information, please contact:

John Clare, Communications Manager

Public Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 326194



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