>We’re doing an office clean-up today and uncovered something that seems far too relic-like for its relatively unadvanced age: an unabridged cassette recording of Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Narrated by Jill Tanner, it’s a superb rendition, but who knows from cassettes anymore?

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. >Amazingly enough we still use them all over the elementary school where I work. We have projectors and smartboards in every classroom, but we also have cassette players. It’s an interesting dichotomy.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >I miss them, personally, especially for audiobooks. CDs are impossible for keeping your place, even when I transfer them to iTunes to use with my iPod. I love the Audible.com program but listening to one or two large mp.3 files somehow doesn’t give one the same sense of accomplishment as methodically working through a box of tapes.

  3. >National Library Services for the Blind & Handicapped still uses cassettes; but we are moving to digital cartridges and downloads during 2009.

  4. >me. i own a walkman as well as a boombox and listen to cassettes every single day. (i also have an 8-track player somewhere.)

  5. >Cassettes are still the best for making your own recordings. I recorded my son reading the All About Dinosaurs book he wrote in first grade. And my kids listen to tapes of us reading together all the time. Is there something easy to use that replaces this yet?

  6. >The CD audio books are only very gradually overtaking the cassette audio books at my library – nothing at all like the DVD/VHS switchover. We’ve stopped ordering them, but they’re still circulating fairly well.

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