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September 8, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia and Asmodee Partner to Bring Aconyte’s Novels to Audio. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced an exclusive partnership with international games company Asmodee, through its publishing arm Aconyte Books. Through this multi-year agreement, the company will add audio editions of Aconyte's tie-in novels to its industry-leading range of science fiction and fantasy books. [Full Announcement].

August 31, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia announces exclusive audiobook partnership with Entangled Publishing. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced an exclusive partnership with romance publisher Entangled Publishing, recently named one of Publisher Weekly's 2021 fast-growing independent publishers. Through this agreement, the company will add audio editions of the Entangled titles to its sizable romance catalog over the next three years—including “Charm” by Tracy Wolff, “Stealing Infinity” by New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël, and “The Queen Is Dead,” the first in a new trilogy from Abigail Owen. [Full Announcement].

August 3, 2021

Recorded Books Leading audiobook publisher launches new business audio brand, Ascent Audi. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today unveiled its new business audio brand, Ascent Audio. The brand offers the world's largest business audiobook catalog encompassing all of the major categories in business education. The new Ascent Audio is the successor to RBmedia's Gildan Media brand and will be home to all business titles produced by RBmedia in partnership with Wiley, Harvard Business Review Press, Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Mango Publishing Group, Entrepreneur Press, and more leading business publishers. RBmedia's recently acquired McGraw Hill Professional audiobook publishing business titles along with new McGraw Hill works will be published under the McGraw Hill-Ascent brand. [Full Announcement].

July 21, 2021

Recorded Books Andy Serkis returns to narrate The Lord of the Rings audiobooks to be published by RBmedia in North America. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a new audiobook edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings” series, read by BAFTA-winning actor, director, and author Andy Serkis. [Full Announcement].

July 20, 2021

Overdrive Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah to present keynote at OverDrive Digipalooza ‘21. OverDrive, the leading digital book and media supplier to libraries and schools, announced that Sourcebooks Founder, Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah will present the day 2 keynote at Digipalooza '21, August 3-5, 2021. A three half-day virtual event this year, Digipalooza is the leading conference for public, school, academic and corporate librarians sharing best practices for serving communities of readers with digital books and media. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia Audiobooks Dominate 2021 Pulitzer Prize Awards. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, announced that its audiobooks represent three-quarters of the titles awarded the prestigious 2021 Pulitzer Prize for books. “Franchise” by Marcia Chatelain won the 2021 Pulitzer for History, “The Dead are Arising” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne won for Biography, and “Wilmington's Lie” by David Zucchino won for General Nonfiction. [Full Announcement].

June 15, 2021

Recorded Books Bridgerton star to voice RBmedia Audiobook from award-winning writer Tina Andrews. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced its audiobook production of “Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness and the Moor”—written by award-winning writer Tina Andrews and narrated by “Bridgerton” actress Adjoa Andoh. Produced by Recorded Books, RBmedia's flagship publishing brand, the audiobook releases June 24, 2021. [Full Announcement].

May 25, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia announces exclusive audiobook partnership with prestigious new publisher Levine Querido. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced its partnership with independent children's publisher Levine Querido. Through this agreement, the company will add audio editions of the Levine Querido titles to its award-winning and sizable children's and young adult catalog over the next three years in both the English- and Spanish-language markets. [Full Announcement].

May 11, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia acquires McGraw Hill Professional audiobook publishing business. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, announced the acquisition of McGraw Hill Professional's audiobook publishing business, which includes its catalog of previously published titles, as well as a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive audio publisher for all of McGraw Hill Professional's new titles. [Full Announcement].

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].

July 1, 2020

Bibliotheca cloudLibrary partners with RBmedia to add Recorded Books, Graphic Audio, and W.F. Howes to digital collection. bibliotheca announced that it is adding the entire audiobook collection from RBmedia's top publishing brands to the 1.5 million titles already available to cloudLibrary content customers. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2020

Overdrive OverDrive to acquire RBdigital from RBmedia. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced today that it is acquiring the assets of RBmedia's library business, including the RBdigital platform in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. [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 24, 2019

Overdrive KKR to acquire leading digital reading platform OverDrive. KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive, Inc., the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, from Rakuten USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. [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].

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