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Where do audiobooks come from?

Audiobooks are the fastest growing sector in consumer publishing with audiobook download sales up 22% last year.

 

Find out more about the publishers that create your favourite talking books.

Bolinda

Bolinda is the number one audiobook publisher in the Commonwealth, having supplied audiobooks in libraries for over 30 years. Bolinda is also the creator of BorrowBox—the fastest growing digital solution for audiobooks and ebooks in the UK.

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Canongate

Canongate is an independent publisher: since 1973 we’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices we can find, wherever they come from, and we’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing...

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Hachette Audio UK

Hachette Audio UK is an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group—four times the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently in 2014 at the Bookseller Industry Awards, with a track record for delivering bestsellers across the full range of our publishing.

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Hodder & Stoughton

Hodder & Stoughton was founded in 1868, and is now a major publisher within Hachette UK—one of the UK’s biggest publishing groups. We publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles and are renowned for passion, quality and delivering bestselling commercial books in many different formats.

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Michael O’Mara Books

In July 1985 Michael O’Mara Books published its first book. At that time the firm’s only two employees were Mr. and Mrs. O’Mara and the offices were the spare bedroom of their semi-detached Clapham house, it was, quite literally, a Mom and Pop business. Now, after thirty years of publications, with a backlist of a thousand titles, it is still a family firm, producing one hundred and fifty new books a year.

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Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the world’s number one publisher. We champion authors, shaping and sharing writing that sparks thoughts, dreams, conversations and learning.

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RNIB

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. They offer practical and emotional support to those that need it, so they can continue living life to the full. 

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Strathmore Publishing

Strathmore Publishing is a one-stop shop for publishing and communications solutions, specialising in audiobooks.

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Bonnier Publishing

Bonnier Books UK is a major UK publisher. Home to 14 adult and children's imprints, Bonnier Books UK publishes across a wide variety of genres for different ages. Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher.

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Creative Content

Established in 2008 by audio publisher and producer Ali Muirden and award-winning audio narrator Lorelei King, Creative Content publishes ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, with an emphasis on crime fiction, speech, and specially-commissioned business titles.

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HarperCollins UK

With a heritage stretching back 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between.

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John Murray Press

For nearly a quarter of a millennium, John Murray has been unashamedly populist, publishing the absorbing, provocative, commercial and exciting. Seven generations of John Murrays fostered genius and found readers in vast numbers, until in 2002 the firm became a division of Hachette, under the umbrella of Hodder & Stoughton.

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Orion Publishing

The Orion Publishing Group is one of the UK’s leading publishers.  It was founded in 1991 and soon after Orion began negotiations with Lord Weidenfeld and acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson as the nucleus of the new publishing group.

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Princeton Audio

Princeton University Press brings scholarly ideas to the world. We publish peer-reviewed books and audiobooks that connect authors, readers and listeners across spheres of knowledge to advance and enrich the global conversation.

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Simon & Schuster UK

Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK prides itself on being a commercially driven publishing house of quality writing.

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The Publishers Association

The Publishers Association (the PA) represents the interests of UK publishers across consumer, education and academic publishing. Our members publish academic journals, textbooks for higher, secondary and primary education, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and learning resources.

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Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is proud to present a new audiobook collection, starting with a selection of books which present cutting-edge ideas of huge relevance to the way we live and understand our world.

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Faber & Faber

Founded in 1929 in London, Faber & Faber is one of the world's great publishing houses. Our list of authors includes thirteen Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners. 

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Headline Publishing

Headline has been breaking the mould since our inception in 1986. Our eponymous flagship commercial imprint cut its teeth on discovering breathtaking new talent such as Martina Cole and Neil Gaiman – now giant brands of modern publishing.

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Listening Books

Listening Books is a UK charity that provides a postal and online audiobook service for individuals with print impairments. Alongside our extensive catalogue of commercially sourced titles, we also record and produce educational audiobooks which support the National Curriculum and are not available in audio elsewhere.

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Pan Macmillan

Pan Macmillan is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bello, Tor, Kingfisher, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books and Macmillan Digital Audio. 

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Quercus

Quercus specialises in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints.

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Spokenworld Audio

Spokenworld Audio is the new home for audio fans of all ages…a safe-haven for forgotten and ignored audio…a commissioner of new audio productions and unknown authors…and your one-stop shop for independently-published audiobooks! We are passionate about audio and you are invited to join us…as a listener, as a contributor and as a creative partner.

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W. F. Howes Ltd

W. F. Howes Ltd is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services, and large-print publisher, releasing about 76 new unabridged audiobooks every month. The company’s digital arm provides audiobook and eBook lending to the library market through the RBdigital platform.

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