AudioFile (magazine)

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Editor Robin F. Whitten
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Bimonthly
Publisher AudioFile Publications, Inc.
Year founded 1992
Country United States of America
Based in Portland, Maine
Language English
Website AudioFile
ISSN 1063-0244

AudioFile is a print and online magazine whose mission is to review "unabridged and abridged audiobooks, original audio programs, commentary, and dramatizations in the spoken-word format. The focus of reviews is the audio presentation, not the critique of the written material."[1] AudioFile is published six times a year in Portland, Maine.[2][3]


The publication was launched in 1992 as a 12-page black & white newsletter containing about 50 critical reviews of audiobooks, focused on new releases.[4] In 1997, it switched to a 36-page color magazine format containing about 60 reviews per issue and interviews with authors, readers, and publishers.[5]


In 2000, AudioFile launched an online database of past issues.[6] Current issues were offered online beginning in 2001.[7]

Earphones Awards[edit]

AudioFile bestows Earphones Awards to presentations which are deemed to excel in the following criteria:[8]

  • Narrative voice and style
  • Vocal characterizations
  • Appropriateness for the audio format
  • Enhancement of the text

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens[edit]

AudioFile sponsors the SYNC Audiobooks for Teens, a "free summer program for teens 13+." The program provides subscribers with two free and complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week during its summer season. The season varies in length from 12-15 weeks. The audiobook files are delivered via the OverDrive Media Console.[9]


  1. ^ "About: AudioFile's Mission". Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Book Review Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Katz, Bill (November 15, 1992). "Magazines". Library Journal. 117 (19): 110. 
  5. ^ Bryant, Eric (February 15, 1997). "AudioFile". Library Journal. 122 (3): 167. 
  6. ^ Rosenblum, Trudi M. (April 3, 2000). "Audio bits". Publishers Weekly. 247 (14). 
  7. ^ "AudioFile". School Library Journal, 03628930. 47 (6): 83. Jun 2001. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "What is SYNC?". Retrieved August 17, 2016. 

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