Faber enters audio revolution

<p>Faber is launching its first standalone audio list featuring both front and backlist titles. Faber Audio begins life on 20th September with the CD release of David Peace&#39;s <em>The Damned United</em> (&pound;15.99), read by &quot;Life on Mars&quot; star John Simm. The official full launch of the list follows in spring 2008. Five to 10 fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children&#39;s audiobooks will be brought out each season, initially in CD format, with plans&nbsp; for digital downloads forthcoming.</p><p>Next spring&#39;s list will include Faber&#39;s two lead novels, Peter Carey&#39;s <em>His Illegal Self</em> and Hanif Kureishi&#39;s <em>Something to Tell You</em>, both published simultaneously with the hardbacks. Rounding out the list are Giles Foden&#39;s <em>The Last King of Scotland</em>, poet Simon Armitage&#39;s <em>Sir Gawain and the Green Knight</em>, children&#39;s author Betty G Bimey&#39;s T<em>he World According to Humphrey</em> and Jason Goodwin&#39;s T<em>he Janissary Tree</em>, the first in a new crime series.</p><p>Faber audio and digital publishing editor Henry Volans said: &quot;It is a big move for us, never having had a full in-house audio list. But we wanted to build a quality list that would reflect the full range of what we do.&quot; Volans added that there were &quot;big plans&quot; for 2009, particularly with digital initiatives and poetry. &quot;Poetry will be at the heart of Faber Audio. It is a perfect fit because of our extensive poetry list and because poetry is, in a&nbsp; way, designed to be heard rather than read.&quot;</p><p>Faber has previously made only limited forays into audio. In the 1980s it produced a series of poetry cassettes and a decade later embarked on a joint venture with Penguin: Faber/Penguin Audio.</p><p>Stephen Page, Faber c.e.o., said the list was part of the company&#39;s &quot;development of an integrated digital strategy&quot;. He added: &quot;It is imaginable that in the future reading and hearing may come as options of the same work, and we want to build expertise in this over the coming years.&quot;</p><p>Frances Goldberg from The Talking Book Shop, said there was &quot;room in the market for the quality titles that Faber publishes&quot; .&quot;I&#39;m hugely excited. As long as they are focused on being realistic about the quantities they sell, they will do very well,&quot; she said.</p>