|Amazon.com Acquires Brilliance Audio|
Amazon Subsidiary CustomFlix Announces Support for Audiobooks in
Standard and MP3-CD Formats
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2007--Leading online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it has acquired Brilliance Audio (www.brillianceaudio.com), the largest independent publisher of audiobooks in the United States. The acquisition will enable Amazon to work closely with the book publishing community to further expand the number of books produced in audio format and provide customers with an even greater selection of audiobooks to find, discover and buy.
Amazon.com subsidiary CustomFlix also announced today that it now supports both standard CD and MP3-CD audiobook formats via its Disc on Demand service (www.customflix.com/audiobooks). CustomFlix complements the acquisition of Brilliance Audio by providing publishers and authors an easy and economical way to introduce new titles on an inventory-free basis, or to keep physical formats of audiobook titles available that may otherwise go out of production.
"Brilliance Audio has been delighting customers for more than two decades with their world-class audiobook capabilities," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at Amazon.com. "With this acquisition we can make it more efficient for authors and book publishers of all sizes to expand the number of titles produced in increasingly popular audio formats, offering customers a much broader selection."
The production of audiobooks has traditionally been limited to best-selling titles due largely to the economics associated with recording, producing and bringing audiobooks to market.
"Amazon's commitment to growing the audiobook category is a big plus for audiobook customers," added Eileen Hutton, Brilliance vice president and former president of the Audio Publishers Association (APA). "We look forward to working with even more authors and publishing partners in the future."
"Storytelling is an art and our audiobooks strive to capture the nuance and complexity of our author's stories and bring the characters and images to life in a way that fully engages the listener," said Michael Snodgrass, founder and president of Brilliance Audio. "Our singular focus on audiobooks and our commitment to provide the very highest-quality products in the industry will not change."
Brilliance Audio will continue to operate independently under the leadership of Michael Snodgrass and its operations will remain in Grand Haven, Michigan.
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About Brilliance Audio
Brilliance Audio, located in Grand Haven, Michigan, was founded in 1984 by publisher Michael Snodgrass. It is the largest audiobooks-only publisher in the country, offering a wide range of best-selling adult fiction and nonfiction in both unabridged and abridged audio formats, and sells to all classes of trade, as well as to libraries.
CustomFlix Labs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., is the leader in manufacture on demand services for independent and enterprise media content owners. CustomFlix was founded in 2002 with the mission of profitably connecting content owners to a worldwide audience. Today, CustomFlix offers professional digitization into the Future-Proof Archive service, as well as inventory-free physical media distribution via both CD and DVD on Demand and video downloads through Amazon Unbox.
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