Future of A-books

With all the hype around iPad apps for books and publishers racing to simultaneously release their e- and p-books (the latter being short for print books), are we forgetting the a-book?

Earlier this year The Telegraph said audiobook sales were skyrocketing thanks to the iPod and this week Salon praised the ability of audiobooks to make heavyweight classics like War and Peace or Moby Dick more approachable.

A-books' accessibility often finds younger audiences for classics. As school holidays approach rather than using an in-car DVD parents could also reach for their iPhone to quieten littlies. Bolinda books and Vision Australia are two of Australia’s biggest a-book publishers with Audiobooks Australia acting as a portal for other publishing houses. They make for easy bedtime reading and are much better than another round of I-spy.