Audio Publishers Association
Audio Publishers Association (APA) is the first and only non-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry in the United States. Its mission is to "advocate the common, collective business interests of audio publishers." Membership is open to "audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks." Activities include national consumer surveys, gather industry statistics, trade show exhibits, an association newsletter and an annual APA conference.
APA was founded in May 1986, when 5 to 9 audiobook publishers joined together to form the organization initially to address the need for industry statistics, such as sales and member numbers. The founders met for the first time in New Orleans at the convention of the American Booksellers Association. They included Newman Communications, Warner Bros. Audio, Simon & Schuster, Bantam Doubleday Dell, and Random House. The first APA president was Seth Gershel who was also Simon & Schuster's director of sales.
In 1994, the APA officially established the term "audiobook" as the industry standard. In 1996, APA founded the Audie Awards, which AudioFile magazine called the "Oscars of the audiobook industry".
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