Audiobooks are quickly becoming a billion dollar industry and this has prompted a number of publishing companies to take advantage of new digital distribution platforms. Romance and erotica publisher Harlequin has just announced the formation of a new audiobook unit and will begin pushing out new content this June.
200 audiobook titles will be produced in the first year and they will be pushed out to most digital platforms such as Audible and Findawayworld. Harlequin Audio will also distribute physical CD versions of all titles through Blackstone Audio and Midwest Tape.
Harlequin will be producing the audio titles in conjunction with HarperAudio. This is the first major initiative between the two companies since Harlequin was acquired by Harpercollins last year.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.