Are academic audiobooks scalable?

by Charles Watkinson June 1, 2021

A June 1, 2021, press release from the Audio Publishers Association noted that audiobook revenue grew 12% in 2020 to $1.3 billion, the ninth straight year of double-digit growth as tracked by the Association’s annual Sales Survey of American audiobook listeners ages 18 and up. The most significant change in listener behavior was the shift in listening location from the car to the home as American commuter patterns were so dramatically affected by pandemic stay-at-home orders. More than 71,000 audiobooks were published in 2020, a 39% growth over 2019, the largest growth in new titles since 2015, and the highest number on […]

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Announcing Podcast Mini-Series from Michigan Publishing

by Theresa Schmid September 15, 2020

Michigan Publishing is proud to announce our four-part podcast mini-series, “Dialogues in Democracy: In Conversation.” Through this series, we will explore core tensions in American political culture—tensions that erupt every four years during the U.S. presidential election. Each episode of the mini series features a pair of authors from the University of Michigan Press’s political science list who bring different perspectives to the table on issues of national and international concern.  This mini series serves as an extension of Michigan Publishing’s involvement in the University of Michigan’s educational initiative for fall 2020. This includes the launch of the Dialogues in […]

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Kristin Goss Featured on “New Books in Political Science”

by Phillip Witteveen March 24, 2014

Kristin Goss recently appeared on the New Books in Political Science podcast, where she discussed her book The Paradox of Gender Equality. Her monograph is an examination of “women’s civic place” during 120 years of historical change. From the late 19th century, to the present day, Goss considers the evolution of women’s public interests—and the parallel evolution of “women’s presence on Capitol Hill”. “You didn’t pull off a little project,” says host Heath Brown, “this is a big project.” To break it down, Goss recounted two stories from Paradox, which capture the main argument of the book. The first took place in the wake of the Second World […]

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Peter Alegi discusses the legacy of ‘Africa’s World Cup’ on New Books in Sports

by Phillip Witteveen September 17, 2013

Peter Alegi appeared on New Books in Sports to discuss Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space. Co-edited with Chris Bolsmann, Africa’s World Cup is a collection of essays, travelogues and ethnographies that attempt to get a better grasp of the further-reaching cultural and political implications of the historic 2010 FIFA tournament. Alegi, who is originally from Rome, drew parallels to the ancient Roman ideology of “bread and circus,”  those things needed to appease the populace, as “the first politicization of sports.” “Politicians all over the African continent  (particularly after independence which for most countries in Africa, came […]

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Sheryl James Featured on “Stateside”

by Phillip Witteveen May 20, 2013

Sheryl James was a guest on Michigan Radio’s Stateside to discuss her new book Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State. James, a former journalist, comprehensively researched Michigan’s folk traditions from archives and storytellers to gain a full understanding of the fact and fiction of the state’s mythology. “There’s a huge range of total fantasy, as well as pretty historical kinds of things,” said James. One famous story is of the Nain Rouge, “this little red, impish creature that has been known to appear right before Detroit’s greatest tragedies.” This character has persisted in the city’s cultural memory, […]

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