Print and audio publishers must work together

<p>Ana Maria Allessi

I joined HarperAudio, a division of HarperCollins Publishers in the US, in 2001. It was my first job in publishing, having previously worked as an agent for film and television writers, and I was thrilled. When I accepted the position, I knew that Jane Friedman, president and c.e.o. of HarperCollins Worldwide, was dedicated to the audiobook format. What I did not know was that many of the people employed in book publishing considered audiobook publishing as a separate and distinct vocation, only marginally related to "real" (book) publishing. These publishing purists, a...

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