Audiobook Producer/Distributor Acquired by RB Media

Authors who distribute their audiobooks through Author's Republic are finding out today that the company has been acquired by a new holding company, RB Media.

RBmedia, a newly launched global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, today announced its acquisition of, an innovator in the on-demand audiobooks sector. With, RBmedia not only produces bestselling spoken audio content, it also offers a technology platform that distributes more than 700,000 digital media titles. RBmedia has unparalleled consumer reach through, 10,000+ library partnerships, and consumer digital resellers.

An app-based subscription service, provides access to more than 100,000 bestsellers and classics.

RB Media also owns Tantor Audio, Recorded Books, WF Howes, and Christian Audio, and through it distributes to a lot of devices including Android Wear and Sonos speakers.

But the main reason today's announcement caught my attention is that also owns Author's Republic. This subsidiary launched in 2015 to help authors create and distribute their audiobooks.

So rather than just being a footnote in industry news, this change might directly affect authors through changes in policy.

It's definitely worth future attention.

About Nate Hoffelder (10619 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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