History

Audible was founded in 1995 by Donald Katz. The company invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. One of the few startups to survive the dot-com bust, Audible was designed to be a destination and a daily literary service for serious readers who wish they could read more—and for the huge population of would-be serious readers who don’t have the time to read what they want or need to read.

Audible has been headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, since 2007, and social commitment to the city and participation in its renaissance has become a centerpiece of company culture.

Audible was publicly traded on Nasdaq until acquired by Amazon in 2008, and is now an Amazon.com subsidiary. Today, Audible is the world’s largest producer of audiobooks in the world; it has served millions of listeners and continues to move literate listening closer to the media and entertainment mainstream.

  • 2012

    9/6/2012
    Audible introduces Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice, two momentous steps forward for reading.

  • 4/15/2012
    Audible announces Audible Author Services, a program to encourage authors to connect directly with the rapidly growing audience of audiobook listeners, and backed by a $20 million fund.
  • 3/8/2012
    Audible launches ‘The A-List Collection,’ an audiobook series showcasing tour-de-force performances by Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Susan Sarandon.
  • 2/28/2012
    Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, secures a record 36 nominations for the 2012 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances.
  • 2011

    10/25/2011
    Audible announces the launch of “Neil Gaiman Presents,” an exclusive line of audiobooks personally selected by Neil Gaiman and produced on the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

  • 5/12/2011
    Audible launches the Audiobook Creation Exchange, the first online platform that connects rights holders with producers to enable any book to become an audiobook.
  • 2010

  • 9/22/2010
    Audible.com launches new mobile store for iPhone and Android platforms.
  • 2009

  • 8/13/2009
    Audible announces new Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks; launches with 34 acclaimed titles from literary masters.
  • 2008

    01/31/08
    Amazon.com Acquires Audible.com

  • 2007

    09/25/07
    Audible.com Launches The Chopin Manuscript: The First Audio-Only Original Fiction from the World’s Top Thriller Writers

  • 09/05/07
    Audible.com Partners With XM, Laura Bush and the National Endowment for the Arts for ”The Big Read On XM”
  • 2006

    10/11/06
    Audible, Inc. to Relocate Headquarters to Newark, New Jersey

  • 07/31/06
    Audible Extends Availability of Exclusive Audio Content on iTunes Music Store
  • 02/21/06
    The Ricky Gervais Show Now Available exclusively Through Audible and ITunes
  • 2005

    12/06/05
    Audible Unveils New Web Site and Membership Programs; New Roll Over Credits, Free Audio Subscriptions, Streamlined Check Out, and Improved Merchandising Promises to Make Shopping at Audible.com More Enjoyable Than Ever

  • 09/27/05
    Audible Announces the Launch Of AudibleAir(TM); Groundbreaking Technology Bypasses the Desktop and Allows for Automated Wireless Downloads of Digital Audio To Smartphones
  • 06/28/05
    Digital Audio Edition of The New Yorker Now Available from Audible; Audible Provides Exclusive Subscriptions to the Digital Audio Version of the Legendary Magazine at http://www.audible.com/newyorker
  • 06/15/05
    Audible Launches UK Web Site; Following its Huge Success in the US, Audible Launches the UK Web site for British Lovers of Digital Audio Information and Entertainment
  • 06/01/05
    Audible and Harlequin Enterprises Announce an Exclusive Marketing and Licensing Partnership
  • 03/21/05
    Audible.fr Internet Audio Service Launched and Available for French Language Spoken Audio Downloads