A Free Giveaway in Celebration of Audio Book Month
By: Jo Elizabeth Pinto
Website: http://www.brightsideauthor.com/ .
Hello to readers everywhere.
For those who don’t know me, I’m author proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto, and I’m here with a note of celebration.
June is full of reasons to celebrate. Besides Father’s Day and the first day of summer, which is also the longest day of the year, the entire month of June is Audio Book Month!
When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1878, “phonographic books” for the blind were one of the uses he had in mind for his new machine. In 1879, he showed off the capacity of the phonograph at the Royal Institution in Britain, where a recorded verse of Tennyson’s poetry was played back for those in attendance.
Unfortunately, Edison’s idea about audio books had to wait. The original cylinders used with the phonograph held about 4 minutes of sound, and even the more modern flat platters only increased the duration to 12 minutes or so, hardly practical for the recording of long chapter books. While the sixty- and ninety-minute cassettes developed in the seventies helped the situation, it wasn’t until the invention of the CD that Audiobooks truly blossomed.
Audiobook Month celebrates the wonderful talking tales and the millions of people who enjoy them every year. Thomas Edison may have been thinking of the blind when he shouted “Mary Had a Little Lamb!” into the first phonograph, but sighted listeners have come to love audiobooks as well. Commuters and travelers on buses, trains, and airplanes heat up their headphones as they make their way from one place to another all over the world. People listen in the shower, in their gardens and kitchens, and in their beds as they drift off to sleep at night. Who says you can’t read in the dark?
To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’ll be giving away free promotion codes for audio copies of my award-winning novel “The Bright Side of Darkness” and my recently released book “Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark.” To obtain the codes, you must have an account with Audible, and you must email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
so I know where to send the promotion code and which book you want. That’s all there is to it.
Happy Audiobook Month!