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The death knell for books on CD?

HarperCollins is making a big, bold move in the audiobook arena: Of the 150 titles on the publishing house's spring release list, only two will be released on CD. The rest will be available only via digital download, according to Publisher's Weekly.

Sales of CDs have dropped, PW goes on to say, although they still account for 65 percent of the market of audiobook sales. But CDs are more expensive to produce than digital downloads.

Harper says it' s not abandoning the CD format; PW reports that Christy Mirabal, associate director of HarperAudio, says that while the audience is leaning toward digital downloads, Harper will most likely publish a few more of its spring titles on CD and that “while we are selective in our CD publications, we have no plans to discontinue publishing in this format."

According to the story, other publishers like Random House and Simon & Schuster have no plans to discontinue CDs yet. But you have to wonder...



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