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Guest Episode: 15 Years of the Audiobook Boom & SFF “Insta-Buys”

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Jenn and Sharifah are off this week, so please enjoy this First Edition episode about sci-fi and fantasy “insta-buys” and more with Jeff O’Neal, Sharifah, and Kendra Winchester.

First Edition

Kendra Winchester comes on to commemorate the 15th anniversary of two events that heralded the modern audiobook boom: Amazon buying Audible and Apple allowing third-party apps on the iPhone. Then, Sharifah Williams, Book Riot’s Director of Content and co-host of our SFF Yeah! podcast, joins me to debut a new segment: The Insta-Buys.

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Discussed in this episode:

Better Than Nothing? Exploring the Limitations of AI-Narrated Audiobooks from a Disabled Person’s Perspective

10 Audiobook Narrators You Need to Follow on TikTok

The Untold History of the Talking Book by Matthew Rubery

Check out Kendra’s podcast, Read Appalachia. You can also follow her on Substack, Winchester Ave, and posting photos of her Corgis on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester.

Sharifah Williams co-hosts our SFF Yeah! podcast