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May 31, 2013

COLIN FIRTH’S PERFORMANCE IN THE END OF THE AFFAIR WINS ‘AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR’

Firth’s win is among nine for Audible Studios, which also received the prestigious Audie award for Distinguished Achievement in Production for ‘Dracula’
 

NEWARK, N.J. – May 31, 2013 – Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, won the ‘Audiobook of the Year’ Audie Award for its production of Graham Greene’s novel, The End of the Affair, performed by Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth. Announced yesterday at the Audies Gala in New York City, the award capped off an evening during which Audible was also recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Production for its multicast dramatization of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and won the fiction award for Claire Danes’s performance of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The Audiobook of the Year Award for Audible Studios follows upon Audible’s Grammy win earlier this year in the sole category awarded to outstanding performances of literature.

“I’m grateful for this honor, and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories—a great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair,” said Firth in a statement. “Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I’m thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling.”

“Congratulations to Colin and to all of the fine actors and performances recognized this year,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Listening to Colin’s masterful interpretation of The End of the Affair is an eloquent reminder of why we at Audible have focused so acutely on elevating the quality of audio performances. The End of the Affair truly is theater for the ears.”

Audible Studios’ 2013 winners are:

• Audiobook of the Year: The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, narrated by Colin Firth
• Distinguished Achievement in Production: Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, James Adams, Nicola Barber and Marc Vietor
• Original Work: Gun Church, by Reed Farrel Coleman, narrated by Joe Barrett and John Keating
• Audio Drama: Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner and supporting cast Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, Simon Jones, Sam Guncler and Anne Bobby (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents/ACX)
• Fantasy: Anita, by Keith Roberts, narrated by Nicola Barber
• Paranormal: Spellbound, by Larry Correia, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
• Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes
• Multi-Voiced Performance: Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, James Adams, Nicola Barber and Marc Vietor
• Narration by the Author: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, by Janis Ian, narrated by Janis Ian

Audible’s 2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Spoken Word Album Janis Ian remarked, “Winning a Grammy for my audiobook was astonishing. Having Society’s Child win the Audie for “Best Narration by Author” was gorgeous icing on the cake. It means the world to me that Audible.com have such faith in my narrating, and that Stefan Rudnicki and his team are being recognized for the exceptional creativity and technical ability they brought to our venture. I hope to continue working with this team for years and years to come!”

Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible Studios in the past year are Anne Hathaway, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2008, Audible Studios won its first Audiobook of the Year award for its innovative publication of The Chopin Manuscript, written by an all-star cast of mystery and thriller writers, led by Jeffery Deaver and narrated by Alfred Molina. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible, the world’s largest seller of digital spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2012, Audible members downloaded an average of 18 books over the course of a year.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 135,000 audio programs from more than 2,700 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

April 16, 2013

AUDIBLE PRODUCES GRANTA’S CELEBRATED “BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS” COLLECTION IN AUDIO FOR THE FIRST TIME

NEWARK, N.J. – April 16, 2013 – Audible.com and Audible.co.uk today announced the audiobook publication of Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4. This new edition of Granta’s influential list of the best British writers under 40 years of age, which has been produced every ten years since 1983, showcases 20 outstanding new works of short fiction, including stories by Zadie Smith, Adam Thirlwell, Helen Oyeyemi and Steven Hall. The full list of chosen authors was announced yesterday evening at a celebration at the British Council in London.

Granta’s Best Young Novelist series is known for identifying the writers who will be read for decades to come. Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, Ian McEwan and Sarah Waters are just a few of the writers identified by Granta as rising stars before they became household names.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the work of these talented young writers to our rapidly growing audience of listeners,” said Will Lopes, Audible EVP International Operations. “We hope our partnership with Granta will encourage these and other outstanding emerging writers to engage with spoken word from the start of their careers.”

The new authors and stories selected by Granta are

• Naomi Alderman, “Soon and in Our Days”
• Tahmima Anam, “Anwar Gets Everything”
• Ned Beauman, “Glow”
• Jenni Fagan, “Zephyrs”
• Adam Foulds, “A World Intact”
• Xiaolu Guo, “Interim Zone”
• Sarah Hall, “The Reservation”
• Steven Hall, “The End of Endings”
• Joanna Kavenna, “Tomorrow”
• Benjamin Markovits, “You Don’t Have to Live Like This”
• Nadifa Mohamed, “Filsan”
• Helen Oyeyemi, “Boy, Snow, Bird”
• Ross Raisin, “Submersion”
• Sunjeev Sahota, “Arrivals”
• Taiye Selasi, “”Driver”
• Kamila Shamsie, “Vipers”
• Zadie Smith, “Just Right”
• David Szalay, “Europa”
• Adam Thirlwell, “Slow Motion”
• Evie Wyld, “After the Hedland”

Eleven of the writers from the list above read their stories at Audible studios in London and New York; the nine remaining stories were performed by professional narrators.

“I’ve always found it thrilling to hear authors read their own work,” said Granta editor John Freeman. “It gives the voice of their fiction a new depth, pulls it up from the mysterious inner sound we hear as we read and makes it three-dimensional. I’m so pleased this issue of Granta will be our first-ever audiobook, because in many ways these writers are the voice of their generation.”

Audible, the world’s largest seller of digital spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2012, Audible members downloaded an average of 18 books over the course of a year.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 135,000 audio programs from more than 2,700 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

About Granta
Granta is the quarterly magazine of the best new writing from around the world. Relaunched in 1979 – with ten international editions of the magazine in countries including Brazil, Norway and China – Granta is committed to witnessing the world through stories.

Since 1983, the Best of Young Novelists series has introduced readers to scores of future literary lights long before they became household names, including Salman Rushdie, A.L. Kennedy, Jonathan Franzen and Nicole Krauss. Best of Young British Novelists lists were published in 1983, 1993 and 2003. Best of Young American Novelists were published in 1996 and 2007. In 2010, Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists was released, marking the first time in history that Granta’s Best of Young Novelists series looked outside the English-speaking world. Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists launched in 2012.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

Granta magazine
Saskia Vogel
+44 (0) 20 605 1379
svogel@granta.com

April 9, 2013

JAKE GYLLENHAAL’S PERFORMANCE OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S THE GREAT GATSBY NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO DOWNLOAD AT AUDIBLE.COM

NEWARK, N.J. – April 9, 2013 – Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, today announced the publication of Jake Gyllenhaal’s masterful audio interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s preeminent novel, The Great Gatsby. The release marks the first audiobook performance by Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal, and the first of Audible Studios’ series of definitive recordings of the Fitzgerald canon in association with the Fitzgerald Estate. Forthcoming audio editions will include Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon as well as other works of fiction.

“We are thrilled to bring this remarkable new recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece to our listeners,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Jake Gyllenhaal’s subtle pacing of the narrative and his portrayal of these fabulous characters showcase his versatility as an actor. Fans of his theater and film work will love hearing Jake’s interpretation of Gatsby.”

Anderson added, “Everyone who’s planning on seeing the new film version of The Great Gatsby will want to listen to this audiobook first for the fullest experience of Fitzgerald’s language.”

Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated film version of The Great Gatsby will open this year’s 66th annual Cannes Film Festival and will be released nationwide May 10.

“We are delighted that Audible Studios will be bringing an avid and growing audience of listeners to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works,” said Jake Elwell of Harold Ober Associates, which represents the Fitzgerald Estate.

Audible will announce its casting choice for Tender is the Night shortly.

Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible Studios in the past year are Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson. Audible Studios secured 31 nominations for this year’s Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Earlier this year, Audible Studios received its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible, the world’s largest seller of digital spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2012, Audible members downloaded an average of 18 books over the course of a year.

Exclusive audio excerpts of The Great Gatsby are available at http://www.soundcloud.com/audiblestudios.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 27, 2013

Audible and The Center for Fiction Establish Literary Award Recognizing Outstanding Writing on Illness

NEWARK, N.J. – February 27, 2013 – Audible, Inc. today announced the creation of a new literary award established in memory of Christopher Doheny, a long-time employee who died on February 20, at age 31, of cystic fibrosis. The Christopher Doheny Award, which recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness, will be administered and awarded annually by The Center for Fiction.

The award will include a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions.

“Supporting writers and literature is the most fitting tribute to Chris, a writer himself who loved reading, discussing and working with good books,” said Beth Anderson, EVP and Publisher of Audible.

“We hope that this prize will help talented writers who may be battling chronic or fatal disease tell their important stories,” said Dana Doheny, Chris’s mother.

“We are pleased to be able to honor Chris, while helping to support some excellent writers working on promising manuscripts,” said Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director of The Center for Fiction.

The winner of The Christopher Doheny Award will demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. In recognition that authors frequently need support during the writing process, both manuscripts in process and completed manuscripts will be eligible. Submissions will be judged by a panel composed of three distinguished writers to be chosen by The Center for Fiction and a representative of Audible. Writers are encouraged to contact DohenyAward@audible.com for information on submitting their unpublished works.

About Christopher Doheny (March 24, 1981 – February 20, 2013)

Chris Doheny joined Audible as a summer intern in 2002, just a few years after the company was founded. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2003, he returned to Audible and spent the next eight years helping to build the company. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just seven months old, Chris strived to live as normal a life as possible. Chris received a double lung transplant in June 2010. He died on February 20, 2013.

To make an online donation to The Christopher Doheny Award, please visit http://www.centerforfiction.org/awards/the-christopher-doheny-award/.

Donations to support the award may also be mailed to:

The Christopher Doheny Award c/o The Mercantile Library
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR FICTION
The Center for Fiction is the only non-profit literary organization in the United States devoted solely to this vital art form. With all its resources, including an exceptional book collection, great writing classes, an expanding website, and an ever-growing array of creative events and awards, The Center seeks to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place both in its beautiful building in New York and online where readers and writers can share their passion for literature. http://www.centerforfiction.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 21, 2013

31 AUDIBLE STUDIOS PRODUCTIONS NAMED AS FINALISTS FOR 2013 AUDIE AWARDS®

Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and 2013 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy ® winner Janis Ian all among annual industry prize finalists

NEWARK, N.J. – February 21, 2013 – Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, has received 31 nominations for the 2013 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Audible Studios finalists featured in 18 different categories. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers Association at the Audies Gala on May 30, 2013, in New York City.

“We are so proud of all of the Audible Studios performances recognized this year,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Our expanding efforts to elevate the art of performing literature took form with the launch of our “A-List Collection,” narrated by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors; six of these audiobooks have received nominations this year. But as we continue to seek to embrace professional actors of all stripes, we are just as excited that Scott Aiello, a recent Juilliard graduate whom we met through one of Audible’s many on-campus training sessions at theater schools, is also among this year’s Audie nominees.”

Among the highlights of this year’s Audie Finalists for Audible Studios:

• Six titles from Audible’s A-List Collection, which showcases tour-de-force audio performances from Hollywood’s biggest stars, are finalists: A Rage in Harlem, performed by Samuel L. Jackson; The Handmaid’s Tale, performed by Claire Danes; Slouching Towards Bethlehem, performed by Diane Keaton; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, performed by Anne Hathaway; Being There, performed by Dustin Hoffman; and The End of the Affair, performed by Colin Firth, which is a finalist in two separate categories. This is the second consecutive year that Jackson has been honored for a performance in an Audible Studios production.

• Society’s Child, singer-songwriter Janis Ian’s bravura audio performance of her acclaimed memoir, recently won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, besting competition in the category that included First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow. Society’s Child, in which Ian plays every song she references in telling her story, is a finalist in the “Narration by Author or Authors” category.

• Sex and God at Yale, in contention in the “Nonfiction” category, is narrated by Scott Aiello, who auditioned for Audible as part of Audible’s ongoing outreach to top American drama schools. Aiello, a 2012 Juilliard graduate, has since recorded seven books for Audible Studios.

• Four of Audible’s 31 finalists this year were produced and/or distributed via the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an online audio rights marketplace and production platform launched by Audible in 2011. ACX recently announced a tenfold increase in audiobook production in 2012 versus its debut year.

• Three titles personally selected and produced by Neil Gaiman on ACX as part of his “Neil Gaiman Presents” label were chosen as finalists.

• Audible’s edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which returns to the novel’s original storytelling structure with the help of an all-star cast of narrating talent, including Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Graeme Malcolm, Simon Prebble and Marc Vietor, is recognized in two separate categories.

Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible is the exclusive provider of downloadable audiobooks to Apple’s iTunes store, which means that customers can access these finalists as well as tens of thousands of other award-winning audio titles at iTunes.
The Audio Publishers Association’s release, along with a complete list of nominees, can be found here: http://www.audiopub.org/press/Audies2013PR.pdf.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the world’s largest producer and seller of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 20, 2013

AUDIBLE LAUNCHES FIRST iPAD APP

Over 100 Million iPad Users Can Listen to Audiobooks More Easily and Enjoyably than Ever Before Audible also Unveils New Enhancements to its Popular iPhone App

NEWARK, N.J. – February 20, 2013 – Audible.com today announced the release of two major improvements to the Audible service. The first is a landmark update to the Audible player for iOS, extending the existing app’s natively supported devices to include the original iPad, iPad2 and new iPad Mini. In more important news for Audible customers, Audible’s celebrated iPhone app has been redesigned and enhanced to make the listening experience on the iPhone even more powerful.

New iPad App

Audible’s new tablet-optimized experience takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen to deliver a visually stunning and more engaging library browsing and playback experience. “More than 20 percent of Audible customers already use Audible’s iPhone app on the iPad,” said Ajay Arora, VP Mobile Applications. “We’re now delivering a vastly improved listening experience for this quickly growing segment of Audible customers, which is also great news for anyone who’s always wanted to try the Audible service on an iPad.”

Audible’s new interface uses a combination of established and custom design patterns, resulting in a user-friendly app that will be familiar to iPad and iPhone owners. In addition to an improved browsing experience, the app’s new grid-view library layout focuses on audiobooks’ cover art, offering at-a-glance perusal, while also supporting all-important library management features.

New Look for iPhone

Audible’s iPhone update delivers a fresh new design for iPhone that refines the overall user experience and maintains close visual consistency with the new iPad app. “Audible customers download audiobooks to their iPhones so that they can listen wherever they are, so that they’ll have more time to enjoy books. We want to help make this listening time the best it can be. Our new iPhone interface is designed to deliver a more streamlined, intuitive, and engaging listening experience,” said Arora.

 
In addition to delivering a pleasing new look and feel, this iPhone release also offers customers:
  – Simplified start up: sign-in using an existing Amazon account
  – Additional library filtering: mark titles as finished and hide them in the library view
  – Downloads on the go: download the first 50Mb of an audiobook over cellular networks

 
Audible’s iPhone app is currently ranked third among apps in the books category in the U.S., and since its launch in 2010, the app has received over 22,000 5-star ratings in the U.S., the UK and Germany. Audible’s iPhone app was called “Unexpectedly Best iPhone app” when it launched by mobile app expert Todd Ogasawara, and more recently was called “the most enjoyable way to clean your house” by the iPhone Mom.

 
Audible for iOS is available now in the app store: http://appstore.com/audible.
More information about Audible for iOS can be found here: http://www.audible.com/wireless/iphone and http://www.audible.com/wireless/ipad.

 
Audible is the exclusive provider of downloadable audiobooks to Apple’s iTunes store, which means that tens of thousands of award-winning audio titles from Audible can be purchased through iTunes.

 
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the world’s largest producer and seller of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 12, 2013

STEPHEN KING’S BESTSELLING KINDLE SINGLE “GUNS” NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO DOWNLOAD AT AUDIBLE.COM

Listeners can purchase the audio edition of King’s new essay for $0 .99

NEWARK, N.J. – February 12, 2013 – Audible today announced that Stephen King’s riveting, much-discussed essay, “Guns,” is now available for purchase as a $0.99 audio download at Audible.com. Created by Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, the audio edition is narrated by two-time Earphones Award winner Christian Rummel. “Guns” was published in January in eBook format as a Kindle Single.

“The overwhelming response from readers of the Kindle Single edition of “Guns” underscores the great need for thoughtful discourse on the issue of guns in America,” said King. “I’ve always recognized the value of having my work available in audio, and I’m thrilled Audible is bringing “Guns” to the quickly growing audience of audiobook listeners.”

“Stephen King is an enduring Audible customer favorite, and his books, both fiction and nonfiction, are perennial bestsellers in the Audible store. I know our customers will be eager to listen to this thoughtful and important new work on a subject that touches us all,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson.

Audible, the world’s largest seller of digital spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over 2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books over the course of a year.

In 2012, Audible Studios secured a record 37 nominations for the Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. On February 10, 2013, Audible Studios received its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc., subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium
digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to
enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool
for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible
content, which includes more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers
that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper
publishers, and business information providers, is digitally downloaded and played back on over 500
popular devices. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s
iTunes® Store.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 11, 2013

JANIS IAN AND AUDIBLE STUDIOS WIN GRAMMY AWARD® in BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM CATEGORY FOR SOCIETY’S CHILD

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian collects her second Grammy win; Ian’s audiobook gives Audible Studios its first Grammy

NEWARK, N.J. – February 11, 2013 – Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, has received its first-ever Grammy Award for its production of Janis Ian’s acclaimed memoir, Society’s Child: My Autobiography. The audiobook of Society’s Child, in which Ian performs every song she references in the course of her narration, was three years in the making and recorded entirely live. Announced yesterday at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the award was Ian’s second career Grammy in nine nominations that span 46 years.

“I believe this would be called a stunning upset,” said Ian, accepting her award. “My first Grammy nomination came when I was 15 years old. For better and for worse, I have watched my business become an industry—but one thing will never change. We don’t sell music. We sell dreams.”

Ian added, “I am so proud of this audiobook, a tremendous collaboration with Audible and my director, Stefan Rudnicki. The opportunity to sing and play while telling my story was terribly special, and I am grateful for the great skill and care Audible brought to the production.”

The other nominees in the Best Spoken Word Album category were First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Quipped Ian, “I keep thinking there’s got to be a punchline here…an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar…”

In addition to her previous Grammy nominations and awards, Ian has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on two separate occasions.

“We knew when we acquired this audiobook that it would be something very special, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that our first Grammy award has come as a result of this landmark spoken-word performance by the legendary Janis Ian,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Congratulations to Janis and to the stellar Audible Studios production team.”

In 2012, Audible Studios secured a record 37 nominations for the Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances, and took home six awards in 17 applicable categories. Audible Studios Audie nominees in 2012 included performances by Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Branagh, Elijah Wood, Alan Cumming, Bronson Pinchot and Wil Wheaton; other 2012 Audie nominees included audiobook performances by DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Val Kilmer, Hope Davis, Rob Lowe, John Lithgow, Kathleen Turner and Sissy Spacek. Audible Studios received its first Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category in 2010 for The Woody Allen Collection.

With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997 and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over 2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc., subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium
digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to
enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool
for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible
content, which includes more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers
that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper
publishers, and business information providers, is digitally downloaded and played back on over 500
popular devices. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s
iTunes® Store.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 1, 2013

AUDIBLE STUDIOS’ PRODUCTION OF JANIS IAN’S SOCIETY’S CHILD NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AWARD® FOR BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM

Two-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian gives voice to her unforgettable story and performs her extraordinary songs in this landmark spoken-word performance

NEWARK, N.J. – December 11, 2012 – Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, is celebrating Janis Ian’s tenth Grammy nomination, for her bravura audio performance of her acclaimed 2008 memoir, Society’s Child: My Autobiography. Three years in the making and recorded entirely live, the audiobook features Ian’s intimate narration accompanied by her beloved music; Ian performs every song she references in telling her story. Grammy winners will be announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“It’s one thing to read a book, and see it in your imagination,” said Ian. “Being able to add my own voice, tell my own story, sing my own songs, changes the dimension completely. Or at least, that’s what my fans tell me.” Speaking of her nomination for Best Spoken Word Album, she said, “I’m up against First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. I’m sure they’re all trying to figure out how the heck I got in there…but I’m also pretty sure none of them sang their way through their books!”

In addition to her previous Grammy nominations and awards, Ian has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. Ian was recently selected by Bette Midler as Midler’s first songwriting partner, and is currently on a seven-month U.S. tour.

“Janis’s captivating performance is an outstanding achievement, and it is a stellar example of the quality of artistic output that is popularizing the Audible listening experience,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “We look forward to continuing to cultivate the art of performing literature and bringing more great listening experiences, like Janis’s audiobook, to our customers.”

Earlier this year, Audible Studios secured a record 37 nominations for the 2012 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances, and took home six awards in 17 applicable categories. Audible Studios garnered a Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category in 2010 for The Woody Allen Collection.

With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over 2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

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Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com

February 1, 2013

AUDIBLE.COM ANNOUNCES A TENFOLD INCREASE IN AUDIOBOOKS PRODUCED THROUGH THE AUDIOBOOK CREATION EXCHANGE (ACX)

ACX Brings the Entrepreneurial Publishing Revolution to Digital Audiobooks

NEWARK, N.J. – January 30, 2013 – Audible.com, the world’s largest producer and seller of digital spoken-word entertainment, today announced that the Audiobook Creation Exchange, the online audiobook rights marketplace and production platform it launched in 2011, produced ten times as many audiobooks in 2012 as it did during its debut year.

“We are thrilled that our vision for ACX has been embraced and that the system is working,” said Jason Ojalvo, Audible VP Content Creation. “It is wonderful to see so many authors (and actors) finding success on ACX, giving new voice to their work and expanding their audience too. The success of the Audiobook Creation Exchange has proven that every audio right has value, and that in 2013 there’s every reason for all authors and rights holders to make sure their books are available in audio.”

Ojalvo added, “The prodigious output of quality audio titles from ACX in 2012 surpassed the number of titles added to the Audible store in 2012 from our top three audio providers combined. We’re also proud of the fact that the average star rating of ACX titles as awarded by discerning Audible listeners matches those of leading audio publishers.”

ACX’s audiobook production platform allows authors, their agents and publishers access to the thousands of talented actors and studio professionals who bring books to life in audio. ACX enables online auditions and project management systems, and features programs to help authors learn how to narrate their own books. Rights holders can hire a narrator or producer, or create entrepreneurial partnerships with shared royalty structures that allow audiobooks to be produced without upfront costs. When an audiobook is created, ACX includes instant access to Audible.com’s digital distribution platform, and rewards authors and producers with a graduated royalty structure that can top out at 90%. ACX also provides sales acceleration tools that publishers, authors and narrators can use to earn special bonus royalties for sales they help generate.

“The ACX system changed our world,” said Crossroad Press publisher David Niall Wilson. “Thanks to ACX’s no-cost production option, we have been able to expand our tiny audio catalog to over 150 titles.”

“I’ve heard from friends and family that audiobooks are the only way they find time to read anymore,” said Hugh Howey, best-selling author of Wool (forthcoming in print from Simon & Schuster). “ACX made self-publishing an audiobook as easy and painless as Kindle does for eBooks. The quality of the auditions I received simply blew me away.”

“ACX is the best audio publishing platform I can imagine for authors: it’s simple, straightforward, and the royalty structure is killer,” said The Personal MBA author Josh Kaufman, who used the ACX platform to distribute the audiobook version. “My audiobook is one of my core products, and I love that ACX’s structure rewards ongoing promotion.”

“I believe the ACX system is a template for success in the digital age,” said New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer, who has turned 27 of his books into audiobooks using ACX. “The platform has allowed me complete control of my audio empire. I think the ACX program is an essential ingredient in the success of any author today.”

Among other authors who have used ACX to make or distribute audiobooks are New York Times bestselling author Tucker Max, radio and television personality Greg Fitzsimmons, bestselling romance writer Bella Andre,  and Tracey Garvis-Graves, whose best-selling eBook On the Island led to a two-book deal with Penguin.

Participating rights holders on ACX from launch include Random House, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., and Pearson Education; participating rights holders’ representatives include Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Writers House, and Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Matthew Thornton
Audible.com
973-820-0402
mthornton@audible.com