AudioFile (magazine)

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Editor Robin F. Whitten
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Bimonthly
Publisher AudioFile Publications, Inc.
First issue 1992
Country  United States of America
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]


The publication was launched in 1992 as a twelve-page black & white newsletter with about 50 critical reviews of audiobooks, focused on new releases.[3] In 1997, it switched to a 36-page color magazine format with about 60 reviews per issue and interviews with authors, readers, and publishers.[4]


In 2000, AudioFile launched an online database of past issues.[5] Current issues were offered online beginning in 2001.[6]


AudioFile offers three levels of subscriptions:[7]

  • Digital subscription: "Full access to the Web site including PDF Edition. Rate: $2.95/month."
  • Basic Listener subscription: "AudioFile print edition & access to the Web site. Rate: $36/year."
  • AudioFile PLUS subscription: "AudioFile print edition, access to Web site including online Archive of Reviews, the Audiobook Reference Guide, RealTime Reviews, and Library Listeners. Rate: $60/year."

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 YA Literature Into Your Earphones[edit]

AudiFile sponsors the SYNC YA Literature Into Your Earphones "program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer." The audiobooks are delivered in MP3 format and delivered via the OverDrive Media Console.[9]


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