Special Issue on Audiobooks

The Journal of Electronic Publishing invites submissions to a special issue on audiobooks. 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Production: audiobooks in publishing workflows, the rise of audiobook-only publishers, rights management.
  • Consumption: demographic analysis, usage patterns, divergence between ebook and audiobook consumption.
  • The economics of audiobooks: subscription services, infrastructure costs, pricing models.
  • Materiality: formats, standard bodies (e.g. W3C/DAISY), media choices (CD/cassette/MP3).
  • History: precursors to audiobooks, forgotten/alternate histories and media archaeologies.
  • Geography: variation of uptake across nations, licensing/rights, audiobooks in non-Anglophone contexts
  • Accessibility and inclusivity: text-to-speech engines as audiobooks, libraries for print-disabled users, representation through narration.
  • Genre: adoption of audiobooks by genre, born-audio publications, interactive audiobook publishing.

Since JEP is an online-only publication, while 6,000-8,000 words is recommended, we are open to longer or shorter form submissions if it benefits the piece.

JEP is a gold open access journal with no Article Processing Charge (APC).

View call for paper here

Deadline for submission of manuscript: 1 September 2019