Blackstone to Release All Audio Titles to All Retail and Library Markets Simultaneously
April 4th 2022
In a continued effort to increase accessibility of audiobooks, Blackstone Publishing will release all new titles to all retail and library markets simultaneously, in both digital and physical formats, starting on July 1, 2022. Pre-order links on all sites will show up simultaneously wherever books are sold. At launch, Blackstone will release Retail CD, Library CD, MP3-CD and retail and library editions. Digital editions will be available from our digital partners on their first available release date. The Blackstone catalog is available under the perpetual one book/one user model, as well as pay-per-use, multi-use and other models. Titles will be available at BlackstoneLibrary.com, Downpour.com, and AudioEditions.com on their first available release date as well.
As information surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, we hope
everyone is taking care as needed. The health and safety of our employees and greater
Blackstone community remains our top priority. We are following guidelines as outlined by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization
(WHO), as well as local and national government organizations.
Here at Blackstone, we will continue offering the services you have come to rely on. Our
team will largely be working remotely during this time, with a small crew continuing to
operate our production facility. While it is not quite business as usual, your services will
continue as usual.
We understand that in response to COVID-19, many libraries will be closing physical
branches to comply with recommended safety practices. Please know that Blackstone is
prepared to respond to your needs and provide support during this challenging time.
Should you need to temporarily suspend or redirect shipments, please contact us at
[email protected] or 1-800-621-0182 (M-F, 7 am to 5 pm Pacific) and
we will be happy to accommodate those changes.
During this time you may expect the following:
- All orders (digital and physical) will continue to be honored without interruption.
- For the protection of our customers and employees, our physical shipping facility is taking every precaution necessary to ensure the highest quality of sanitation practices.
While we continue to welcome your orders, we understand if you need to temporarily delay
or suspend ordering. For customers currently on a monthly or seasonal SOP plan, we will
provide additional time to fulfill your obligations. Should you wish to obtain additional
support for selecting titles or make any adjustments to your plan, please contact your
All of us at Blackstone extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes to you and your library.
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.”
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.