Blackstone in Agreement with Simon & Schuster to Distribute Physical Audio Books into Retail Stores, Libraries and to Direct-to-Consumers.

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Blackstone will manufacture on-demand, sell, and distribute physical audiobooks of Simon & Schuster titles previously released solely as digital audiobooks to consumers.

"This new collaboration will make hundreds of titles available on CD to audiobook listeners for the first time, as well as expanding accessibility for many future releases.” said Josh Stanton, President and CEO, Blackstone Audio Inc.

Beginning in April 2018, Blackstone Audio will manufacture on-demand, sell, and distribute physical audiobooks of Simon & Schuster titles previously released solely as digital audiobooks to consumers. Simon & Schuster will continue to distribute its physical audiobook catalog directly to retailers and wholesalers.

“Our goal is to always find the widest possible distribution for our authors’ audiobooks,” said Chris Lynch, President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio. “Working together with Blackstone for CD-on-demand distribution is another way to expand our reach.”

“Simon & Schuster has an incredible catalog of audiobooks and Blackstone is excited to be able to bring their bestselling titles to a wider audience. This new collaboration will make hundreds of titles available on CD to audiobook listeners for the first time, as well as expanding accessibility for many future releases.” said Josh Stanton, President and CEO, Blackstone Audio Inc.

Starting in April, Blackstone Audio will introduce a new selection of Simon & Schuster titles in standard CD format. The initial launch will include titles from bestselling authors such as Don DeLillo, Stuart Gibbs, Christina Lauren, and Jason Reynolds.

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, original audiobook productions, and children’s titles. In addition to a list that includes such unparalleled authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, and David McCullough. Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won seven Grammy Awards and earned thirty-five Grammy nominations since 1989. For more information about Simon & Schuster Audio, visit our website at http://www.audio.simonandschuster.com.

BLACKSTONE AUDIO
Founded in 1987, Blackstone Audio is a privately-owned company currently employing over 200 full-time staff in Ashland, Oregon. Offering a catalog of over 13,000 audiobook titles with 100+ new titles being added each month, the authors are as varied as the books themselves, including such names as Karin Slaughter, Don Winslow, Neil deGrasse Tyson, J. R. R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, C. S. Lewis, Ayn Rand, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Karl Marlantes, T. C. Boyle, Timothy Ferriss, and many more. Blackstone prides itself on upholding the highest standards for audiobook production in the industry. This effort has garnered us over 350 AudioFile Earphones Awards and 52 Audie Awards, as well as multiple Grammy nominations and wins. Blackstone provides superior content by acclaimed authors and award-winning narrators, and products are available on CD, MP3 CD, and as digital downloads on our 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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