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April 29, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia's Nomadland audiobook takes center stage after 2021 Academy Award. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a surge in downloads of its audiobook “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder after the film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Director (Chloé Zhao). The 2021 winners were announced at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25. [Full Announcement].

March 16, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia launches new Spanish-Language Audio Brand, BookaVivo. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today unveiled its new Spanish-language audio brand, BookaVivo. The new brand will be home to RBmedia's recently acquired Booka audiobook publishing business and all new Spanish-language titles produced by RBmedia in the future. [Full Announcement].

March 2, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia expands Christian audio offering with three exclusive publishing deals. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced exclusive partnerships between its Christian Audio brand and three leading Christian publishers. In addition, RBmedia has welcomed Mark Warner as the new Christian Audio publisher. [Full Announcement].

February 11, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia acquires Booka’s audiobook publishing business to expand Spanish-language offering. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced the acquisition of Booka's audiobook publishing business and its full catalog of Spanish language titles. Booka, a leading audiobook producer in Spain, will retain its professional services audio production business. [Full Announcement].

January 21, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedias Bridgerton Audiobooks give fans a glimpse into what's next. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a surge in downloads for its longtime bestselling Bridgerton series audiobooks following the hit Netflix adaptation. Produced by Recorded Books®, RBmedia's flagship publishing brand, Julia Quinn's historical romance series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the Bridgerton children. [Full Announcement].

March 10, 2020

Recorded Books RBmedia acquires leading producer of dramatized audiobooks. RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, today announced the acquisition of GraphicAudio, a leading producer of dramatized audio content featuring a full cast of actors, sound effects, and cinematic music. [Full Announcement].

December 17, 2019

Recorded Books RBmedia announces new ChristianAudio publisher. RBmedia, the largest independent audiobook producer in the world, announced that Megan Dobson has joined its ChristianAudio brand as the new publisher. In her new role, Megan will acquire all content for ChristianAudio, manage relationships with partner publishers, agents, and authors in the Christian market and oversee ways to grow this important RBmedia brand. [Full Announcement].

October 16, 2019

Recorded Books Princeton University Press and RBmedia announce exclusive audiobook publishing partnership. Princeton University Press and RBmedia today announced an exclusive licensing agreement to publish over 120 audiobooks in the next three years. The collaboration brings together Princeton University Press’ world-class content and RBmedia’s position as a market leader in scholarly, trade, and reference audiobook publishing. [Full Announcement].

October 8, 2019

Recorded Books All-You-Can-Read Digital Newspapers now available in the RBdigital app and platform​. Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, announced the availability of unlimited access newspapers in its RBdigital app and platform. In partnership with PressReader, RBdigital provides libraries unlimited access to more than 2,500 of the world’s leading newspapers, including the Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, New York Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer. [Full Announcement].

April 24, 2019

Recorded Books Alberta Municipal Affairs launches RBdigital Audiobooks in libraries province-wide. The Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch has added the RBdigital Audiobooks collection to its province-wide offering. In addition to popular magazines from RBdigital, Alberta residents now have unlimited access to many thousands of audiobooks—all in one app. [Full Announcement].

July 16, 2018

Recorded Books KKR to acquire RBmedia. KKR, a leading global investment firm, and RBmedia, a leading digital audiobook and related spoken content producer, announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which KKR will acquire RBmedia from Shamrock Capital. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. [Full Announcement].

April 11, 2017

Recorded Books A new global powerhouse takes center-stage in spoken audio and digital media distribution technology. Today marks the launch of RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. As both a producer and distributor of bestselling works, RBmedia counts more than 700,000 digital content titles in its portfolio, including everything from audiobooks to eMagazines, courses, comics, games, and many others. [Full Announcement].

Recorded Books RBmedia acquires Audiobooks.com to enhance its digital media distribution platform and consumer reach. RBmedia, a newly launched global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, today announced its acquisition of Audiobooks.com, an innovator in the on-demand audiobooks sector. With Audiobooks.com, RBmedia not only produces bestselling spoken audio content, it also offers a technology platform that distributes more than 700,000 digital media titles. RBmedia has unparalleled consumer reach through Audiobooks.com, 10,000+ library partnerships, and consumer digital resellers. [Full Announcement].

August 13, 2015

Recorded Books Shamrock Capital Advisors acquires leading independent audiobooks publisher Recorded Books. Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has acquired Recorded Books, a leading independent publisher of audiobooks in the United States, in partnership with senior management. Shamrock, which is acquiring Recorded Books from an affiliate of Wasserstein & Co.,LP, will help the Company continue to expand its content publishing activities while pursuing strategic growth opportunities. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2015

Recorded Books Recorded Books completes acquisition of Tantor Media. Recorded Books Inc., a leading provider of unabridged audiobooks and digital content to the library, school, and retail markets, announced today that it is has completed its acquisition of audiobook publisher Tantor Media, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Tantor marks the second acquisition for Recorded Books in 2014, following its acquisition of HighBridge Company in April. Recorded Books now boasts a catalog of over 22,000 unabridged audiobooks, making it one of the industry’s largest. Wasserstein & Co., LP acquired Recorded Books in early 2014. [Full Announcement].

May 5, 2014

Recorded Books Workman Publishing announces sale of HighBridge Audio. Workman Publishing announces the sale of its audiobook imprint, HighBridge Audio, to Recorded Books Inc., a leading audiobook and digital content provider, effective May 1, 2014. The transaction extends Recorded Books’ list while providing a formidable new home for the HighBridge family of authors. Workman will continue to distribute the HighBridge list. Algonquin Books, Workman’s literary fiction and narrative non-fiction imprint, will continue to license audio rights of select titles to HighBridge. [Full Announcement].

January 31, 2014

Recorded Books Wasserstein & Co. acquires Recorded Books LLC from Haights Cross Communications. Wasserstein & Co. has acquired all of the assets of Recorded Books LLC, one of the leading worldwide providers of unabridged audiobooks, digital content, and services to the library, school, and retail markets, from Haights Cross Communications, Inc., a leading K-12 educational and library publisher. Northwestern Mutual and Lexington Partners are co-investing in the transaction with Wasserstein & Co. [Full Announcement].