Now we know. Rather than sign a deal with Audible, the BBC has agreed to let Random House Audio distribute their audiobooks.
BBC's catalog of over 3,500 audiobook titles will be made available via Random House Audio starting on 23 December. The catalog includes audio productions of popular BBC tv shows like Doctor Who, popular fiction titles like Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and BBC radio productions including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute.
Random House Audio is getting global distribution rights with the exception of North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and Random House Audio will also be producing new titles in partnership with the BBC.
You should expect to see the titles showing up in Audible in fairly short order, but I wouldn't buy them there. Instead I would get them direct from Random House Audio. This doesn't get much attention in the ebook circles, but Random House Audio went DRM-free in 2008.
And to make things even better, Random House Audio also sells direct to the public. So if you cannot find the title you like on Downpour.com or Audiobooks.com (both sell DRM-free audiobooks) you can get it direct from the publisher.
This is very good news to anyone who doesn't like DRM, wouldn't you agree?
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