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Blackstone Publishing to Be the Exclusive Manufacturer and Distributor for Naxos AudioBooks


ASHLAND, Ore., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Blackstone Publishing is pleased to announce that they are now the exclusive North America manufacturer and distributor of physical audio content for Naxos AudioBooks. Beginning in early 2019, they will manufacture-on-demand, sell, and distribute new releases in addition to the complete backlist catalog. Titles will be available in physical format to North American consumers and libraries, as well as to retail stores, and wholesalers. Naxos' titles feature evergreen classics and esteemed authors including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens D. H. Lawrence, Henry James, Franz Kafka, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"Blackstone is delighted to begin this partnership with Naxos. Both companies share a commitment to excellence in audio, and their titles are a great complement to Blackstone's existing catalog," says Anne Fonteneau, VP of Sales at Blackstone Publishing.

"With the ongoing development of the market and the move towards digital consumption, the time was right to form a partnership with Blackstone to cover Naxos' physical business. There are obvious synergies between our two companies and we are looking forward to a prosperous and beneficial association," says Anthony Anderson, MD of Naxos AudioBooks.

Naxos AudioBooks was founded in 1994 with the purpose of providing classic literature with classical music on CD and cassette. The intention was to make the great classics accessible and the label began with the key works of Western literature. It quickly established a reputation for fine recordings by outstanding classical actors, such as Juliet Stevenson, Kenneth Branagh and Sir Ian McKellen, who know how to create a magical world through storytelling. The label has won numerous prizes and accolades and its recordings have been widely praised. In recent years Naxos has begun to broaden its list to selected contemporary classics, with recordings of works by Julian Barnes, Rose Tremain and Booker prizewinner Anne Enright now among the catalog.

Founded in 1987, Blackstone Publishing is a privately-owned company currently employing over 200 full-time staff in Ashland, Oregon. Offering an extensive catalog of audiobook titles with hundreds of new titles being added each month, the authors are as varied as the books themselves, including such names as Karin Slaughter, Don Winslow, J. R. R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, C. S. Lewis, Ayn Rand, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Karl Marlantes, T. C. Boyle, Timothy Ferriss, and many more. Blackstone prides itself on upholding the highest standards for audiobook production in the industry. This effort has garnered us over 350 AudioFile Earphones Awards and 52 Audie Awards, as well as multiple Grammy nominations and wins. Blackstone provides superior content by acclaimed authors and award-winning narrators, and products are available on CD, MP3-CD, and as digital downloads on the audiobook site



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