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Hachette to Stop Producing Books on Tape

Audio books will no longer be sold on cassette tapes at Hachette due to poor demand. Cassette player sales have dwindled dramatically with sales dropping from 18 million in 1994 to 480,000 in 2007. Frankly, it surprises me more that anyone is still buying a new portable cassette player.

Cassette audio books accounted for 7 percent share of the audio book market and while retailers have, for the most part, discontinued their inventory, there still is a small consumer base of libraries and truckers who keep up demand.

Via New York Times.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sherry Thomas
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 08:26:02

    Believe it or not, I went looking for a new tape player last year. And had to get mine from the Salvation Army–or was it Goodwill? The reason, most of my local library’s collection of audiobooks are still on cassettes. And I like that with a cassette, it starts exactly where I stopped last time.

  2. Deirdre
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 16:26:04

    that’s what my Father in law likes about them too, and a lot of older people I know in the libraries like them because when the listen to them in bed they don’t have to remember where they are and a lot of the cheaper cd players still don’t remember where people stop.

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