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The Audiobook
World Awards Academy

Welcome to AWAA®

Nowadays, more and more people are looking for new ways to enjoy their favorite stories. One of these ways is by listening to them while doing many other activities.

Welcome to

To support who believe into this multilevel form of communication, during 2021, it has been established in Florida a new non-profit global organization, the Audiobook Worlds Awards Academy (AWAA®).

The Academy is born to recognize the essential role the audiobook art must help achieving better educational levels nationwide and worldwide.

AWAA® wishes to cultivate the well-being of the listening community and to ensure that audiobook is identified as an inedible part of our culture."

AWAA® President

A little bit of history

The history of audiobooks has been fueled by new generations craving for entertainment and information, and it dates back to the early 20th century with the invention of recorded sound.


Thomas Edison invented the phonograph


Charles Tainter developed the graphophone with a recording stylus that could be seen and played back


Alexander Graham Bell and Chichester Bell filed a patent for their Volta Bureau's talking machine invention which was first demonstrated on February 24, 1887


The first audiobook can be dated back to 1881, over 150 years ago. It was the work of Thomas Edison who invented the phonograph. His aim was to record books at his library to be played back for blind people.


The first ten audio books were published in 1888 by American inventor Emile Berliner on his Gramophone Company of America (RCA) labels.

Early audio recordings were exclusively live performances captured by voice artists who read texts from scrolls and books and memorized scripts as part of Vaudeville theater or other live entertainment formats such as those offered at an amusement park or circus sideshow.

Today, with new technologies such as digital downloading and services, the audiobook industry is booming, proving to be an excellent choice in education and entertainment alike.

AWAA® is born

With the strong rise of audiobooks in the past three years, a group of 7 professionals from different fields (writing, TV and Movie producing, audio producing, media and PR) decided to start a non profit corporation in order to create awareness around this magnificent tool, invaluable for education and entertainment.

The Audiobook Worlds Awards Academy was then incorporated in October 2021 in Florida. With an international focus in mind AWAA® is committed to arise attention on the audiobook arts and sciences. For this reason AWAA® created the "AWAA NIGHT", a special event to be held annually in the beautiful Principality of Monaco and aimed to recognise the excellence in audiobook titles for produced in the two years before the annual ceremony. Along with that, AWAA will be present in all the most important International Book Fairs and Book conventions.

AWAA® will use the fund received by donors and sponsors in projects aimed to arise attention and awareness around the audiobook world and to help recognised associations in their efforts to support the visually impaired and dyslexic communities worldwide.


The Academy will feature a series of tools in order to help writers and institutions willing to enter the fantastic world of audiobooks.

The Official TV Channel on Hulu

At the beginning of 2023, AWAA® will launch its own TV channel on CIBOR TV, which is distributed by HULU platform.

The channel will feature seminars, podcasts and the official audiobook rankings valid for the "AWAA NIGHT 2023"

Our Mission

AWAA® mission is to champion education amongst adults and children through the audiobook arts and sciences while celebrating the best creators of this industry worldwide.

AWAA® is aiming to become the world leader in building awareness on the audiobook industry and its technological improvements enabling vast audiences to live a happier and conscious life.


Our Vision

We envision a world where audiobook is a leading cultural and entertainment sector, where new listening communities are formed and audiobook has become a new cultural force and where everyone deserves the same opportunity to access to audiobooks.

We believe in gender equality and we believe in equality. We also believe in empathy, cooperation, respect, solidarity and critical thinking. We believe in free human beings.