Rowling’s Wizarding World Awaits a New Generation of Listeners
NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced that J.K.
Rowling’s Harry Potter audiobooks are now available for purchase at
audible.com, audible.co.uk, audible.de and audible.com.au. The
recordings showcase captivating performances by Jim Dale (in the North
American version), Felix von Manteuffel (in the German version) and
Stephen Fry (in the UK and the rest of the world). The North American
version can be downloaded in the U.S. at audible.com/HarryPotter.
Audible is the sole subscription-based service to offer the Harry Potter
series as digital audiobooks.
“We are thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to enjoy the
Harry Potter audio catalog seamlessly through the Audible service,” said
Andy Gaies, Audible Chief Content Officer. “J.K. Rowling’s celebrated
series is firmly entrenched in the literary pantheon, but when the first
Harry Potter novel was released in 1997, smartphones were yet to become
the ubiquitous listening devices they are today. Now fans of this
trailblazing series have an effortless and affordable way to enjoy them
“The breathtaking performances of Jim Dale, Stephen Fry and Felix von
Manteuffel transform Harry Potter’s adventures into immersive and truly
transporting new experiences—even for those who have already read the
novels,” added Gaies. “We look forward to bringing more listeners to
this richly imagined universe.”
Pottermore, the digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company from
J.K. Rowling, is the publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks. The
Pottermore Shop, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to
sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.
Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized
the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the
forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In
2014, listeners around the world downloaded 1.2 billion hours of audio
from Audible.com outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more
than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible
members are first-time audiobook buyers.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com,
Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium
digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a
new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created
to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and
utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000
audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters,
entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of
spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.
Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781