In the News

August 2020


Blackstone Publishing to Manufacture, Sell, and Distribute Audiobook CDs Published by Recorded Books

August 18th 2020

Blackstone Publishing today announced it has signed an agreement with Recorded Books to exclusively manufacture and distribute the company’s audiobook CDs in North America beginning on Oct. 1, 2020. Recorded Books is the flagship publishing brand of RBmedia, the largest independent producer of audiobooks in the world, with a catalog of more than 45,000 exclusive titles.

Blackstone Publishing will exclusively manufacture-on-demand, sell, and distribute Recorded Books’ new audiobook releases and backlist catalog in CD format, including titles from top New York Times bestselling authors Christine Feehan, Donna Leon, Sarah J. Maas, Alexander McCall Smith, Jodi Picoult, Melissa de la Cruz, Patrick O’Brian, Fern Michaels, Jude Deveraux, Anne Perry, Stuart Woods, and Jayne Ann Krentz. Recorded Books audiobook titles will be made available in CD format to consumers and libraries, as well as to retail stores and wholesalers.

As part of the agreement, Blackstone Publishing will serve all of Recorded Books’ CD audiobook production needs for libraries in the US and Canada. Over the coming months, all Recorded Books’ library customers will be migrated to Blackstone Library for physical audio content. “Recorded Books and Blackstone Publishing will work together during this transition to ensure it is a seamless experience,” says Anne Fonteneau, VP of Sales, Blackstone Publishing. “We will begin reaching out to libraries in the coming weeks to put into place a transition plan for each library. We look forward to bringing Recorded Books’ extensive collection of audio content to library patrons.”

Libraries with questions or concerns about Recorded Books’ CDs should contact: [email protected] Blackstone will also integrate the Recorded Books CD catalog into its expansive direct-to-consumer, retailer, and wholesaler channels. This will provide customers more selections and purchasing options to meet all their audiobook CD needs.

Blackstone Makes Financial Contribution to LANGSTON on behalf of Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race

August 10th 2020

Blackstone Publishing has made a $10,000 contribution to LANGSTON, on behalf of the author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo. LANGSTON is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, cultivating, and showcasing Black arts & culture, at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI).

At Blackstone, we believe that real change requires real action. We stand in solidarity with the African-American community and with all people who are demanding an end to: systemic racism; police brutality; and the marginalization of American citizens based solely on the color of their skin, their ethnic background, their gender or their sexual orientation.

Blackstone will continue to commit to charitable organizations whose purpose and goal is to end the plague of racism in America; to foster and promote diversity in both the public and private sector; and to ensure that EVERY American enjoys the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that this Country has made to ALL of its citizens.