A short history of the audio book
In 1920 the Royal National Institute for the Blind in England was allready doing research on how to create audio books for the blind. At that time there were a lot of ex World War 1 soldiers who had gone blind as a result of the fighting. In 1926 the RNIB started to use LPs to record audio books which could be played on record players (the kind with the big horn, you had to swing a handel a couple of times befor it would play).
In 1936 the Talking Book Service was launched.The first two books were:The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Joseph Conrads Thyphoon. The records used at the time could hold 25 minutes of spoken tekst, so they needed about 10 records for an average audio book.
In 1940 the studio used by the RNIB was bombed, and one month later a replacement studio was bombed as wel.The RNIB wanted to start publishing audio books again, but they needed certain materials which had been destroyed.
In America, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), had started producing audio books as wel, and they did send the much needed parts to help their English counterparts. Unfortunatly the shipment got...