|Founder||Craig & Michelle Black|
|Josh Stanton (CEO)|
|Products||Audiobooks, Print Books, and eBooks|
Number of employees
Blackstone Audio is one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States, offering over 30,000 audiobooks. The company is based in Ashland, Oregon with five in-house recording studios. Blackstone distributes directly to consumers on their e-commerce / subscription site, Downpour.com, and to the library market via https://www.blackstonelibrary.com/ with titles from Blackstone, Hachette, HarperCollins, Brilliance, BBC and Disney Press.
In January 2019 they announced a deal to exclusively distribute Naxos Audio Book titles.and in September 2019 added Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Audio.
In November 2015 they expanded with Blackstone Publishing, a new imprint devoted to print and e-books. They launched with its first original hardcover, The Blood Flag, a thriller by James W. Huston, and rolled out paperback and e-book editions of four western novels.
Blackstone was founded in 1987 by Craig and Michelle Black, originally under the name Classics on Tape. The company later assumed the name Blackstone, taken from an English literary magazine. The company's location in Ashland, Oregon was influenced by the proximity of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which Blackstone used as a pool for voice actors.
In August 2012, Blackstone launched an audiobook e-commerce / subscription website, Downpour.com, providing Blackstone audio titles as well as other publisher's titles to the retail market. In January 2013 the company was acquired by AudioGO for an undisclosed sum. Ten months later, in October of that year, AudioGO sold Blackstone and its other US operations back to the Black family, with the UK arm of AudioGO ceasing business operations as it sought a buyer or investor.
In 2017 they bought Auburn, Calif., direct-to-consumer audiobook retailer, AudioEditions.
Authors published by Blackstone Publishing include Orson Scott Card, Meg Gardiner, Matthew Mather, and John Altman. In 2018, Blackstone acquired the North American unabridged rights for print/e-book and world rights for audio to James Clavell's catalog.
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