HarperCollins Moving Away From Audiobook CDs

In a move that may indicate a major shift in format, HarperCollins is only publishing two out of its 150 spring audio titles on CD. The rest will be available as digital downloads.

A spokesperson for Harper says that they are not discontinuing the CD format and may decide later to publish a few more titles on CD. However, the move is being interpreted as a sign of things to come. According to Publisher’s Weekly, CD sales have been on the decline, and industry insiders are speculating that other publishing houses may soon follow HarperCollins and move toward download-only.

If audiobook publishers migrate to download-only audiobooks, it could be a huge issue for libraries or anyone who likes to listen to audiobook CDs during their commute. What do you think of this news? Is it inevitable that digital downloads (print and audio) will replace traditional formats?

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