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A for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Jane Austen and Audiobook

Famous writers, notable works and publishing jargons by alphabet. Let's begin with "A".

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 愛麗絲夢遊仙境

Written by British mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll,‭ ‬Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865. It tells the story of Alice, a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and enters a bewildering world where she encounters talking animals and many other strange things.

As well as Carroll’s boundless creativity, the use of wordplay including puns and homophones also makes the book a much-loved classic of children’s literature. It has been translated into more than 170 languages, and adapted for the stage and screen. There has also been a neurological disorder named after it, in which patients experience a perceived distortion of size and scale, similar to Alice’s experience while in Wonderland.

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Jane Austen 珍.奧斯汀

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
- Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a renowned English novelist. She developed an interest in reading and writing stories in her youth, but the novels she wrote, such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, were only published anonymously when she was in her thirties. 

Austen’s novels, describing the lives of middle and upper-class women in the early 19th century, gained popularity among these classes. At the age of 41, she began to suffer from illness, but still devoted herself to writing Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. She died a year later, with a final novel left unfinished. 

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death, the Bank of England is issuing a £10 note with her portrait, a quotation from her work and an illustration from Pride and Prejudice.

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Audiobook 有聲書

An audiobook is an audio recording of a published book. In the 1930s, the U.S. government launched the “Talking Book Programme” to provide spoken texts to visually impaired people. The term “audiobook” has been used since the 1970s, but audiobooks did not attract the attention of booksellers until the 1980s. 

In recent years, the audiobook has become the fastest growing sector in the publishing industry. In the U.S., over 35,000 audiobooks were published in 2015, a 38% rise year on year. The Internet has helped fuel this growth with 73% of respondents to a survey saying they listen to audiobooks online. 

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