Thursday, 12 September 2019

 AUDIO PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

ALLEN & UNWIN AND WAVESOUND TO COLLABORATE AND BRING LEADING PRINT TITLES TO LIFE AS AUDIOBOOKS
 

Allen & Unwin and Wavesound are delighted to announce an audio publishing partnership between the two companies that will see the majority of Allen & Unwin titles produced as audiobooks. A key development of the partnership is a co-publishing programme that will initially see Allen & Unwin and Wavesound co-publish up to a dozen audio titles a year, simultaneously released alongside the print and ebook editions.

 Tom Gilliatt, Allen & Unwin’s publishing director says: 
‘Allen & Unwin is excited to become publisher of audiobooks in a climate where more and more readers are enjoying our titles in audio. In particular, we’re delighted to be working with Wavesound. Since starting their audio publishing in Australia they have always supported emerging and established local writers of the highest caliber, publishing many Allen & Unwin authors over the years, including their recent commitment to publishing the audio edition of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Prize. They are also an independent company with a significant global reach, and major market share in both the US and UK, as well as Australia, which we believe makes them the perfect partner for Allen & Unwin.’
 
Chiara Priorelli, Wavesound’s acquisitions manager says:
‘Wavesound is thrilled to have cemented a strong partnership with Allen & Unwin. We have always admired their publishing list and have indeed been proud to publish many of their authors such as Sofie Laguna, Charlotte Wood, Fleur McDonald, Karly Lane and newcomers such as Chris Hammer and Holly Wainwright. Allen & Unwin continue to produce such an exciting and diverse range of quality fiction and non-fiction titles and their passion for championing local Australian talent mirrors our own. This felt like a very natural collaboration for us and we look forward to working with them to bring more of their fine writers to a larger audience in audio across both the retail and library markets.

The following titles will be part of the co-publication launch program:
  • Memory Craft by Lynne Kelly
  • Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern
  • Where the Dead Go by Sarah Bailey
  • Life Sentence by Carl Williams
  • Bruny by Heather Rose
  • Pain and Prejudice by Gabrielle Jackson
  • The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
 
…ENDS…
For more information, contact tomg@allenandunwin.com or chiara.priorelli@wavesound.com.au
 
Notes to editors
 
About Wavesound Pty Ltd
Wavesound Pty Ltd, an RBmedia company, is Australia's leading publisher of audiobooks, large print books and digital products. In 2015, Wavesound launched the Wavesound audio imprint dedicated to Australian authors and currently publish 108 Australian exclusive audio titles a year, alongside approximately 960 exclusive international audio titles published by their sister company W F Howes in the UK. The company distributes its audiobooks extensively across the physical and digital retail market, including the RBmedia-owned digital retailer Audiobooks.com and provides physical audiobooks and 10 types of digital content to the library market through the RBdigital platform. For more information, visit http://www.wavesound.com.au or email info@wavesound.com.au.
 
About Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is Australia's leading independent publisher and has been voted "Publisher of the Year" thirteen times including the inaugural award in 1992 and eleven times since 2000.
We publish around 250 new titles each year including literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general non fiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults.
 
About W.F.Howes
W.F.Howes Ltd, an RBmedia company, is the UK’s leading audiobook, digital services, and large-print publisher, releasing about 80 new unabridged audiobooks every month. The company’s digital arm delivers over 10 types of digital content to the library market through the RBdigital platform. The company distributes its audiobooks extensively to the UK retail market and directly through Audiobooks.co.uk. For more information visit www.wfhowes.co.uk or email info@wfhowes.co.uk

Written by

Leah Wishart - Marketing Coordinator
leah.wishart@wavesound.com.au

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