Audiobook Veteran Launches Independent Label, Audio Evolution

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Audio downloads are a growing trend in the audio publishing industry. Audio Evolution, LLC ( is an independent audiobook company, founded by a fifteen year audiobook veteran, to produce non-fiction audiobooks for the download marketplace. Audio downloads offer many benefits over traditional CDs, the principle one being a lower suggested retail list price than its comparable CD edition.

Audiobooks are a growth area in publishing industry with an estimated market valued at $832 million according to the most recent sales survey by the Audio Publishers Association. Further, 6% (and growing) of those sales ($50 million) are audio downloads. What’s an audio download? It’s a direct transfer of audio content to your computer, which can then be shifted to your audio device such as an iPod (60 million sold and counting), mp3 player or other PDA (Blackberry) or audio capable cellphone—no cassettes, no CDs, no packaging, just the audio content.

Heeding the clarion call of audiobook’s future, Joe McNeely, a fifteen year veteran of the audiobook business, has launched an independent audiobook label — Audio Evolution, LLC ( — which is dedicated to producing narrative non-fiction audiobooks in the subject categories of science, psychology, business and politics for direct-to-download delivery.

Audio Evolution’s first three audiobooks are currently available for download from its preferred download vendor, “The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders” by John E. Sarno, M.D., read by Paul Hecht, an audiobook that will change the way you think about health and illness; “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World” by Michael Pollan, read by Scott Brick, a national bestseller when first published five years ago is available for the first time as an audiobook and “None Dare Call It Stolen: Ohio, the Election and America’s Servile Press” by Mark Crispin Miller, read by the author, a bare knuckles look at our vulnerable democracy and the threat to our constitution and freedoms by the theocratic right. Upcoming titles for the Fall of 2006 include “Tulia: Race Cocaine and Corruption in a Small Texas Town” by Nate Blakeslee, and “The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism” by John C. Bogle.

There are a lot of benefits to audiobook downloads: it’s environmentally friendly (no throw-away packaging), audio sampling (hear what you’re buying before the purchase), less irritating (ever misplaced the last CD of an audiobook? or had to change CD’s in the middle of a jog) but most importantly—it’s cheaper. The typical suggested retail list price for a download audiobook is 30% to 40% less than its comparable CD edition and depending on your choice of download retailer the savings may be even better. Isn’t it time to embrace evolution?

About Audio Evolution, LLC:

At its core, Audio Evolution is collaboration between author, producer and narrative talent to create audiobooks of narrative non-fiction for direct-to-download delivery. It is also a point of view: a rational, scientific, environmental, psychological and spiritual view of the world. Audio Evolution shares that point of view through the spoken words of its authors—words that help us to understand better what it is to be human in this age of evolution.


Joe McNeely, Publisher

Audio Evolution, LLC

(203) 913-9929

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