W.F. Howes Signs Distribution Partnership with Blackstone Inc.

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W.F. Howes to be the library audiobook distributor for Blackstone Audio Inc. across the Commonwealth library market. Titles will be available in CD and Playaway physical formats, alongside digital download editions via the market-leading OneClickdigital eAudiobook platform.

Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Blackstone Audio, Inc.

We are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with W.F. Howes, teaming with their impressive catalog and leading position in the UK audiobook market to broaden Blackstone's reach...

W.F. Howes Ltd, the UK’s leading publisher of unabridged audiobooks, and subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc., today announced it has signed a partnership with Blackstone Audio Inc., one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States of America.

The agreement allows W.F. Howes to distribute Blackstone Audio titles to library markets in the UK, and in Australia and New Zealand through sister company Wavesound Pty Ltd. Titles will be available in physical formats of CD and Playaway and in digital download editions through the OneClickdigital eAudiobook platform. These titles will be available as part of a dedicated Blackstone Standing Order Plan for libraries, commencing in April 2015.

Shaun Sibley, Chief Executive Officer, W.F. Howes commented: “We are delighted to partner with Blackstone Audio and expand the reach of their audio content across the UK and commonwealth library markets supporting the demand of audiobook use. The addition of the Blackstone Standing Order Plan from next year will complement our existing range and provide libraries with even more choice.”

Josh Stanton, President & CEO, Blackstone Audio: "We are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with W.F. Howes, teaming with their impressive catalog and leading position in the UK audiobook market to broaden Blackstone's reach - I know that libraries alike will be equally excited by the expanded audiobook access and selection this partnership will provide."

About W F Howes Ltd.:
W.F.Howes Ltd, a subsidiary of Recorded Books Inc., is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services and large print publisher, releasing around 60 new unabridged audiobooks every month under a number of imprints including Clipper, Jammer, Avid, Lamplight, Nudged, and Jammer Teen. The publisher’s digital arm provides eAudiobook and eBook lending to the library market through the OneClickdigital platform, alongside several other platforms specialising in same-day newspapers and magazines, adult learning and language tutorial programs. For more information, visit http://www.wfhowes.co.uk or email info(at)wfhowes(dot)co(dot)uk.

About Recorded Books Inc.:
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The Company owns an exclusive catalogue of over 13,500 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries through its proprietary OneClick Digital platform, as well as electronic resources, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.

About Blackstone Audio, Inc.:
Blackstone Audio, Inc., is one of the largest audiobook publishers in the world, offering a catalog of over 10,000 unabridged audiobook titles and publishing close to 100 new releases a month. Blackstone provides superior content by acclaimed authors and award-winning narrators available on CD, MP3 CD, and digital downloads on their retail audiobook site Downpour.com, which also carries audio products from other major publishers and offers thousands of new titles each month.

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