We are delighted to work together with Audiofy to enable our content to reach the fast growing marketplace of Android smartphones
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 23, 2010
Audiofy Corporation today announced an agreement with Ingram Digital that will enable Audiofy to offer Ingram's extensive catalog of digital audiobooks for purchase and playback on Android™ powered smartphones and devices.
The Audiofy app, a store and audiobook player in one, makes buying and listening to books on Android powered devices easy and fast. Audiofy’s app supports the purchase, secure distribution and playback of both DRM-protected and DRM-free audiobooks. Audiobooks in the Ingram library will be available to consumers through the Audiofy app on Android powered devices such as Google's Nexus One, enabling customers to browse and purchase over 13,000 titles. Through the app customers can search for, purchase and begin listening to an audiobook on either 3G or WiFi in seconds– far faster than any other audiobook solution on the market today.
Canalys reports an estimated eight million Android devices sold in 2009 making Android the fastest growing solution in the mobile market. Gartner estimates that the Android platform will be the largest smartphone solution by 2012. Fueling that growth in part is Android Market™. Android Market is an open marketplace, which currently offers over 20,000 apps.
"We are delighted to work together with Audiofy to enable our content to reach the fast growing marketplace of Android smartphones," commented Andrew Weinstein, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Digital. "At Ingram, we will continue to invest in our own innovation as well as collaborate with others to continue to revolutionize the way content reaches every possible destination.”
Daniel Wagaman, Audiofy's president, remarked: "We are thrilled to be embarking on this venture with Ingram Digital and Android. The Audio Publisher's Association forecasts that consumers in the $2B audiobook market are rapidly transitioning to digital solutions. Audiofy is working to deliver a better way for mobile consumers to discover, purchase and enjoy audiobooks."
Consumers that would like to try out the Audiofy app for Android are invited to go to http://www.audiofy.com and sign up for an invitation-only beta. Audiofy plans to offer the Audiofy app in Android Market™ shortly.
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For additional information on Ingram, see http://www.ingramdigital.com or http://www.ingramcontent.com.
Audiofy is the next chapter in audiobooks. Audiofy developed and sold its audiobook platform to Ingram in 2008, and continues developing better ways to acquire and listen to audiobook content. For additional information on Audiofy, see http://www.audiofy.com.
Android is a complete, open mobile phone software stack. It includes everything a manufacturer or operator needs to build a mobile phone. Android is available as open source via the Apache v2 license, and it was designed from the ground up to enable the best user experience possible on a mobile phone. It leverages web and Internet content to provide advanced services such as mobile mash-ups and location-based applications for example.
By creating a complete platform where the mobile device is open and integrated with the Internet, everyone in the mobile ecosystem will benefit:
- OEMs and carriers will be free to customize the platform to bring innovative new handsets to market faster and at a much lower cost.
- With a broader baseline set of functionality, developers will be free to focus their efforts on innovative and differentiating features.
- Consumers will enjoy a better user experience with more mobile choices and applications, making their day-to-day lives more productive and enjoyable.