19 November 2018
Leicester, UK - 19th November 2018 - John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
and RBmedia, the parent company of W. F. Howes, today announced an agreement to publish more than 650 audiobooks over the next three years. In this agreement, RBmedia will serve as the audio publisher, bringing together Wiley’s world-class content and learning experiences and RBmedia’s market-leading position in the publishing of business and self-development audiobooks.
This agreement allows for publication of all frontlist titles, with a primary focus on business, finance and the well-known Dummies brand, as well as select titles from tech and other key subject areas. RBmedia will also have publication rights for select backlist titles that have not previously been released in audio format. This partnership will allow for a significant percentage of audiobooks to be narrated by Wiley authors, including global thought leaders, educators, and practitioners, creating a more enriching and personal user experience.
“As the largest independent publisher of audiobooks in the world we are excited to partner with Wiley to bring to market top titles in business, finance and other key areas” said Tom MacIsaac, Chief Executive Officer of RBmedia. “Audiobooks is a format tailor made for the business professional – they can turn commuting and travel time into professional development.”
“We are thrilled that this partnership will enable us to see the full potential of the audiobook segment, which continues to grow at an exponential rate. Together with RBmedia, we will explore new markets and business models for the distribution of spoken-word audio products, delivering content when, where and how users want it,” said Matt Holt, Wiley’s Senior Vice President, Trade.
The first titles published under the agreement will be available beginning January 2019 on Audible, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, public libraries via RBdigital and many other sites that provide digital audio
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RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers—at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content—including audiobooks, streaming video, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.
W.F.Howes Ltd, an RBmedia company, is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services and large print publisher, releasing around 76 new unabridged audiobooks every month under several imprints. The publisher’s digital arm provides eAudiobook, eBook and digital magazine lending to the library market through the RBdigital platform, alongside several other platforms specialising in same-day newspapers, adult learning and language tutorial programs. For more information, visit www.wfhowes.co.uk
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