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The First ‘Literary’ Audiobook Was Just Discovered

The world’s first full-length audiobook has recently been discovered in Canada. A vintage record collector discovered the 1902 version of Typhoon by Joseph Conrad and contacted Matthew Rubery who is the writer of, The Untold Story of the Talking Book

Audiobooks were created in the 1930s in Britain by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, so the visually impaired could listen to literature. Originally they were only recordings of short stories and poems, but now they have over 25,000 digital titles available for download, rather than the records. 

The recording was thought to be lost, but the discovery is a magnificent find!  

 

 

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