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BookBeat enters agreement to distribute RBmedia audiobooks – increasing its catalogue with nearly 40,000 titles.
BookBeat, a leading streaming service for audiobooks and RBmedia, the world’s largest audiobook publisher, have entered a distribution agreement. After the summer, BookBeat will increase its audiobook catalogue with nearly 40,000 English-language titles from RBmedia’s audio brands, including Recorded Books, W.F. Howes, Authors Republic, and Highbridge.
“We are so pleased to offer the audiobooks from RBmedia to our users. Not only are English titles demanded by our English-speaking users, but also by many of our users in our core markets. RBmedia will be an important publisher for us going forward. With great authors such as Julia Quinn, Lucinda Riley, Danielle Steel, Diana Gabaldon and Pierce Brown, we know many of our users will be very happy about this new addition,” says Niclas Sandin, CEO BookBeat.
RBmedia has seen demand for its English-language audio content expand rapidly around the world, including in regions where English is not the primary language. Miles Stevens-Hoare, Managing Director of RBmedia International and W.F. Howes, says, “Adding BookBeat as a new distributor of our English-language audiobooks will enable RBmedia to expand our reach in those markets. We look forward to continuing to grow our base of global listeners for our titles with BookBeat.”
Earlier this year BookBeat successfully launched in Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium and the ambition for the expansion in upcoming years is extensive. Offering a high-quality catalogue of English titles will be a very important factor to continue the growth in the existing markets, and when launching in new ones. During the fall BookBeat will continue to contract international publishers to increase its selection of English titles.
RBmedia is the largest audiobook publisher in the world. With nearly 60,000 exclusive titles, our audiobooks continually dominate key literary awards and bestseller lists. The company’s powerful digital retail and library distribution network reaches millions of listeners around the globe—at home, in the car, and everywhere their mobile devices go. RBmedia is owned by KKR, a leading global investment firm. Find out more at rbmediaglobal.com.
BookBeat is one of Europe's leading streaming services for audiobooks and e-books. The company was founded in 2015 and is owned by Bonnier Books, one of Europe’s leading publishing companies. In May 2016 the first broad launch was initiated on the Swedish market. Today, BookBeat has more than 100 employees and its head office on Sveavägen 56 in Stockholm, as well as local offices in Karlstad, Helsinki, Berlin and Warsaw. BookBeat is available in 28 European markets and has close to 600 000 monthly paying users in the service, most users are located in Sweden, Finland and Germany.
For more information: www.bookbeat.com