Simply Audiobooks Expands Books on Tape Appeal with Video Production Company Partnership

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Top online audio book retailer goes beyond the traditional book with new Expanded Books partnership, offering entertaining video clips of best-selling author interviews at

Simply Audiobooks, North America’s top source for audio books, announced today it has partnered with Expanded Books, an innovative California video production company, to provide free video clips of author interviews on selected books on tape titles at

Hosted by actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on the award-winning sitcom Friends, the Expanded Books video clips allow readers to become more intimate with a book through an honest, in-depth discussion with the authors themselves. In the videos, Tyler and his team of hosts encourage authors like "Crazy Busy" creator, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, and "Prior Bad Acts" author, Tami Hoag, to candidly express the various forces that brought their books into being, focusing on what inspired the story and the main message of the title.    

Simply Audiobooks CEO, Sean Neville, was enthusiastic about the partnership because it adds an entirely new layer to the company’s current audio book rental, sales and download offering.

“Our partnership with Expanded Books is something to get excited about because it allows book lovers to become more connected to a work through a visual dimension that neither the print, nor audio book version can offer,” said Neville. “Once again, Simply Audiobooks is pushing the boundaries of the traditional book.”

With years of experience producing network comedy and entertainment television, the production team behind Expanded Books brings a high level of expertise to each video production.

“We use an original, entertainment style in our videos that has never before been used for books,” said Todd Stevens, executive producer at Expanded Books. “With our unique approach, our videos have the potential to reach younger, tech-savvy audiences who have turned to alternative media sources. We are happy to expand our distribution network with Simply Audiobooks - it's a natural partnership.”

Stevens is a veteran TV producer of Emmy Award-winning "Friends", and sitcoms “Joey” and “Major Dad”, among others.

About Expanded Books

Expanded Books uses the power of the Internet and video to reach millions of potential book buyers, attract new readers, and boost book sales. Their videos are an affordable and cost-effective alternative to print advertising, traditional publicity and promotional campaigns, and are used by all the major publishing houses as well as smaller publishers. The company’s entertaining style has never before been applied to books and broadens both awareness and the market for featured titles. For more information visit

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America's top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard encrypted WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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