Founded in 1987, Blackstone Audio is a privately owned company currently employing 150 full-time staff in Ashland, Oregon. Incorporated in 1991 in the state of Oregon, Blackstone Audio has worked for over 25 years to uphold their trusted global brand in audiobook publishing and production. Blackstone Audio currently boasts a catalog of over 13,000 titles with 100+ new titles being added each month, and offers the finest in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, as well as the world’s great classics. Their title collection includes Pulitzer, Nobel, Man Booker, PEN/Faulkner, Hugo, and National Book Award winners, as well as countless New York Times bestsellers. The authors are as varied as the books themselves, including such names as A.A. Milne, Stephanie Laurens, J. R. R. Tolkien, Suzanne Brockman, Ian Fleming, C. S. Lewis, Ayn Rand, Gabriel García Márquez, Chuck Palahniuk, T. C. Boyle, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karin Slaughter, and many more.
Ashland, Oregon has been named Google's 2014 eCity of Oregon for the second straight year. Awards were given out by Google, which included Blackstone Audio as an innovative business.
Seeking to expand their reach in the audiobook market, in late 2012 Blackstone Audio launched a direct-to-consumer site, www.downpour.com, featuring a state-of-the-art e-commerce experience. Downpour offers titles not only from Blackstone Audio, Inc., but also from more than 30 other publishers, including the 5 largest publishing houses: Penguin Random House, Hachette Audio, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins. Their goal is to create a truly competitive landscape by offering consumers increased product accessibility and unrivaled choice. Blackstone launched their rentals program in October 2014. Rentals are a budget friendly option that open the door for nearly anyone looking to experience an audiobook.
Blackstone Audio prides itself on having one of the highest quality control standards in the industry.
Each title we distribute is rigorously edited and proofed to ensure correct pronunciation and word-for-word accuracy. This effort has garnered us over 325 AudioFile Earphones Awards and 52 Audie Awards, as well as multiple Grammy nominations and wins.
The Blackstone commitment:
Blackstone release audio editions in the following formats: Consumer Digital, Library Digital, Consumer CD, MP3 CD, Library CD
Direct to consumer: Downpour.com
Downpour.com is an audiobook retailer offering tens of thousands of the best audiobooks as digital downloads or on CD and MP3 CD. Downpour is dedicated to providing the best experience for audiobook lovers, offering premium products from virtually every audiobook publisher, top-of-the-line customer service, free apps, and free shipping on every order in the US. Audiobook listeners can enjoy the flexible “no membership needed” shopping option, and every download in the store is completely unrestricted and DRM-free for easy listening across any number of devices. With thousands of new titles added each month, Downpour.com has something for everyone.
Digital Market (trade and library)
Blackstone's digital market sales have more than doubled in the last 7 years. They currently work with more than 25 digital partners, in both the trade and library markets. To name a few they work with: Audible.com, iTunes, Barnes&Noble.com, AudiobooksNow, Audiobookstore, Audiobooks.com, 3M, eMusic, Overdrive.com, EBSCO, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, Midwest Tape, Storytel and more. They are constantly pursuing new partnerships domestically and internationally, and intend to proactively increase our visibility and exposure in this fast moving marketplace.
Wholesale/Retail Market (Physical Media)
Blackstone currently markets and distributes their line of titles to every major book and media distribution company in the country, including Ingram Book Co., Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Audio Partners, Ingram Entertainment, and Micro Marketing. In addition, they work directly with some of the biggest retailers in the county, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Hastings, Books-A-Million, Indigo Books & Music, and many more. They are consistently participating in vendor co-op opportunities such as shared markdown promotions, Best-seller tables, End-caps, counter-top, and Front-of-Store promotions. They have a wonderful working relationship with their vendors and buyers and their in-house production capabilities allow them the flexibility to meet the needs of the ever changing retail market.
Library Market (Physical Media)
Blackstone currently has a sales outreach to over 20,000 librarians, utilizing both field representatives and telemarketers. Each one contacts an average of 100 libraries a week (via phone and/or face-to-face) and attends approximately 20 library trade shows per year. They count over 800 standing order plans in their portfolio.
Additionally, Blackstone now has an exclusive distributor for Blackstone Audio Inc. across the Commonwealth library market.
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