Mashable: Ryan Reynolds joins Taika Waititi for a live reading of ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Mashable: Ryan Reynolds joins Taika Waititi for a live reading of ‘James and the Giant Peach’. “If you’re looking for a dose of wholesome to brighten your lockdown Memorial Day, look no further than author Roald Dahl’s official home on YouTube, Roald Dahl HQ. For the past week, filmmaker Taika Waititi (director of Thor: Ragnarok, among others) has been staging a live reading of Dahl’s beloved book, James and the Giant Peach. He’s had celebrity help every step of the way, from the Hemsworth brothers (plus Nick Kroll) to freaking Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch.”

Mashable: How to download free ebooks and digital audiobooks from public libraries

Mashable: How to download free ebooks and digital audiobooks from public libraries. “Among the 2,500 library systems the Public Library Association surveyed over the last week of March, 74 percent have expanded their online ebook and audio streaming services. Part of that, some libraries told Mashable, is due to the increase in demand since states issued shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, the number and diversity of digital offerings vary from metropolitan to rural libraries and remain limited relative to physical materials — but more on that later. The best thing you can do now is put your name on the waiting list (I know, I know) for all the free ebooks and digital audiobooks you want. Good news: We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about digital lending so you can get the darn thing done already.”

Wizarding World: Introducing the next phase of Harry Potter At Home

Wizarding World: Introducing the next phase of Harry Potter At Home. “With so many of us still staying at home, we are asking friends from the Wizarding World and beyond to read all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone for us. Some of the best-loved faces from global entertainment, music and sport have lent their voices to the story they love by recording videos of themselves reading the timeless first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The Guardian: Smartify makes all museum audio tours free for rest of 2020

The Guardian: Smartify makes all museum audio tours free for rest of 2020. “Stories behind art treasures such as Delacroix’s The Death of Sardanapalus in the Louvre and a 19th-century relief of Phaeton driving the Chariot of the Sun at the Royal Academy of Arts are to made free for the rest of the year by the world’s most downloaded museum app. Smartify is often known as the ‘Shazam for art’ app in that it allows people to identify works of art by simply scanning them on a smartphone. It has about 2m artworks from more than 120 venues.”

Paste Magazine: An Expert’s Guide to Finding and Listening to Amazing Audiobooks While Social Distancing

Paste Magazine: An Expert’s Guide to Finding and Listening to Amazing Audiobooks While Social Distancing. “When it comes to audiobooks, you can easily find more than you’d expect for free and support your local community more than you realize. This is particularly important right now, as we’re practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, I wanted to share the tips, tricks, and secrets I’ve collected through writing about audiobooks for Paste for years. Here’s my personal guide to finding and listening to great audiobooks in three simple stages.”

Good E Reader: Penguin Random House discounting ebooks and audiobooks to libraries

Good E Reader: Penguin Random House discounting ebooks and audiobooks to libraries. “Penguin Random House knows that many physical library branches are closing and the only way people can access content is digitally. The world’s largest publisher has announced that it is discounting audiobooks and ebooks across to the board through all of their wholesale distributors such as Overdrive.”

BoingBoing: Get 35 free audio books from Tor’s new horror imprint

BoingBoing: Get 35 free audio books from Tor’s new horror imprint. “Renowned sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor just launched a new book imprint called Nightfire, focusing on new horror fiction. And to celebrate, they’re giving away 35 free short horror stories as audiobooks. The list includes stories by Alyssa Wong, Chuck Wendig, China Miéville, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.”

Mashable: 10 free audiobook sites for discovering your next literary obsession

Mashable: 10 free audiobook sites for discovering your next literary obsession . “Great literature is closer than you think, and you don’t even need to visit a bookstore or pick up your e-reader to find it. If you haven’t got time to sit down with a book — or if you just like being read to — check out one of these sites, which allow access to thousands of free audiobooks. There’s the perfect one for you in the mix!”

Publishers Weekly: Audible Tells IBPA It Will Press Pause on Full Captions Rollout

Publishers Weekly: Audible Tells IBPA It Will Press Pause on Full Captions Rollout. “In an email to the Independent Book Publishers Association this week, Audible confirmed that it will limit its controversial Captions program to public domain works—and apparently to a small beta group of students—until a copyright lawsuit filed by seven major publishers and supported by the Association of American Publishers is resolved.”

The Verge: Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature

The Verge: Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature. “Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are ‘unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.'”

Lifehacker: Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App

Lifehacker: Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App. “If you don’t have the opportunity to travel to a different country or try your skills out with a native speaker you know, then reading books can be a great way to help you take your skills to the next level. Beelinguapp is an app that can help.”

The Verge: The US Army has released its first audiobooks

The Verge: The US Army has released its first audiobooks. “The US Army wants its soldiers to begin listening to its training materials, which, surprisingly, has never been an option before. In recent weeks, the Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) has released audiobook versions of a pair of training manuals for the first time as part of an experiment to see if it’s an effective medium to spread information to soldiers across the force.”

How-To Geek: The Best Places to Find Free Audiobooks (Legally)

How-To Geek: The Best Places to Find Free Audiobooks (Legally). “Audiobooks are great for commutes, long trips, and dull tasks. Here are a number of places you can download Audiobooks legally, and for free. And they’re not all public domain stuff. Many of the audiobook sites you can find on the internet let you download classic books in the public domain for free, but some sites have better quality books than others. We’ve rounded up some of the best of those sites, plus some ways you can get other kinds of audiobooks for free, too.”