Blackstone Audio

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Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Private
Industry Publishing
Founded 1987
Founder Craig Black, Michelle Black
Headquarters Ashland, Oregon
Products Audiobooks
Website www.blackstoneaudio.com

Blackstone Audio is one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States, offering over 10,000 audiobooks.[1] The company is based in Ashland, Oregon with five in-house recording studios. Blackstone distributes directly to consumers on their e-commerce site, as well as to the library market with titles from Blackstone, Hachette, HarperCollins, BBC and Disney Press.[1][2]

Corporate history

Blackstone was founded in 1987 by Craig and Michelle Black of Oregon.

In August 2012, Blackstone launched an audiobook e-commerce website, Downpour.com, providing Blackstone audio titles as well as other publisher's titles to the retail market.[3][4][5] In January 2013 the company was acquired by AudioGO for an undisclosed sum.[6] Ten months later, in October of that year, AudioGO sold Blackstone back to the Black family, with the UK arm of AudioGO ceasing business operations as it sought a buyer or investor.[7][8]

Awards

In December 2011, Blackstone Audio's production of Hamlet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival was nominated for a Grammy Award.[9] In 2014 the company won two Audie Awards.[10]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Blackstone Audio - About Us". Blackstone Audio Inc. Retrieved September 6, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "FEDLINK Services Directory: Blackstone Audiobooks". Library of Congress. Retrieved September 6, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "First thoughts on Downpour: DRM-free and beta-testing (updated)". The AudioBookaneers. October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Downpour.com–an audiobook delivery system that just works". SFFAudio.com. March 6, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Downpour.com". Download.com. January 5, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "AudioGO Acquires Blackstone Audio". Publishers Weekly. January 4, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "AudioGO suspends business operations". The Bookseller. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Blackstone Audio buys AudioGO US arm". Publishers Weekly. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Blackstone up for Grammys". Ashland Daily Tidings. December 12, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "2014 Audie Award winners". Library Journal. June 12, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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