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Shares in Web audio content provider



jumped in early trading Monday on news the company has inked a promotional pact with

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Under the terms of the deal, Amazon will snag a 5% stake in Audible and feature Audible services on the Amazon site over the next three years in exchange for $30 million.

Audible shares rose 10%, or 1 1/2, to 15 7/8. Amazon shares fell 1 5/8, or 3%, to 60 1/16. (Amazon closed up 2 7/8, or 4.7%, to 64 9/16; Audible closed up 1 1/16, or 7.4%, at 15 1/2.)

Amazon said the deal gives the e-tailing giant access to Audible's 20,000 hours of digital audio content. Wayne, N.J-based Audible offers content from everything from

The Wall Street Journal


The New York Times

to "audiobooks" by

Stephen King

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The agreement is expected to close later this quarter. joins a group of investors in Audible that includes


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as well as venture capital firms

Patricof & Co.


Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


The pact is a boon for both companies, said Nitsan Hargil, analyst with

Kaufman Bros.

"Audible's page is increasing its visibility tremendously, and Amazon buys 5% of Audible at market value while locking out competitors like


in this space."

Amazon bought its stake at Friday's market closing price, $15, Hargil said.

Audible has exclusive deals with most of its content providers, which makes it very difficult for potential competitors to make any headway, he noted. Hargil rates Audible a buy with a $25 price target, though he may revise that number on Monday's news. His firm has not done any underwriting for either company.