RBmedia is the largest audiobook producer in the world. With nearly 60,000 exclusive titles, our audiobooks continually dominate major literary awards and bestseller lists. The company’s powerful digital retail and library distribution network reaches millions of listeners worldwide. Their titles are distributed on Overdrive, Hoopla, Audible, iTunes, Google Play and Audiobooks.com. RBmedia had a banner year in 2021.
In 2021, RBmedia generated rapid business growth in key strategic business areas. This includes new relationships with Asmodee, Entangled and McGraw Hill and children’s publishers Levine Querido and Astra. They are also getting into Christian publishing with new offerings, such as InterVarsity Press, Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing and 1517 Media. RBmedia has also expanded into the Spanish and German markets. Acquisition of Booka’s audiobook publishing business and catalog of titles in Spanish. Launch of a new Spanish audio brand, BookaVivo, and purchase of leading German audio publisher ABOD.
RBmedia released 7,500 new audiobooks, across its 10 audio brands, the most audiobooks the company has ever produced in a year. More than 65 different titles made the New York Times bestseller list, which is no small feat. The company also won three Pulitzer Prize winners, one Oscar winner, one Audie Prize winner and four finalists, six Hugo winners and four finalists.
The audiobook publisher has seen a dramatic increase in sales of its long-running Bridgerton series audiobooks following Netflix’s hit adaptation. They have also released many highly anticipated audiobooks such as; “Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone”, the latest in Diana Gabaldon’s hit Outlander series. A new audiobook edition of JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” series, narrated by Andy Serkis and “A Court of Silver Flames” by Sarah J. Maas, the fourth book in the ACOTAR series, which is currently in progress adaptation for the screen by Hulu.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.