Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, secured a record 36 nominations for the 2012 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers Association at the Audies Gala on June 5, 2012, at the New York Historical Society in New York City. “The captivating audiobook performances recognized this year represent the enormous investment we’ve made in cultivating the art of performing literature,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “The impressive number of nominations speaks for itself, and the broad diversity of nominated titles highlights the increasing breadth of artistic output that is popularizing the Audible listening experience.” The 36 nominations represent a diverse array of audio entertainment:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood, and Heart of Darkness, performed by Kenneth Branagh, highlight Audible’s embrace of the culture’s most gifted actors and its repositioning of long-form digital audio programming as a mainstream entertainment format.
- Macbeth: A Novel and METAtropolis: Cascadia are based on original works commissioned by Audible exclusively for audio performance; three of six finalists in the “Original Work” category were Audible Studios productions.
- The Land of Laughs, produced by Neil Gaiman for the Neil Gaiman Presents label at Audible.com, is an example of the exciting content generated by the company’s ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) initiative, which empowers audio rights holders to collaborate with performers and audio studios to bring more audio titles to listeners.
- Go the F**k to Sleep, performed by Samuel L. Jackson, is a short comedic piece that turned into a massive overnight viral phenomenon.
- The Darkest Surrender and Notorious are part of Audible’s longstanding production partnership with Harlequin, which has produced nearly 650 audio titles.
- Four of six audiobooks in the “Business/Educational” category were Audible Studios productions, underscoring Audible’s genre focus and commitment to building strong categories in audio.
Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over 2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.To learn more about Audible’s forthcoming line of audiobooks featuring Hollywood’s biggest stars, see here. To learn more about ACX, see here. The Audio Publishers Association’s release, along with a complete list of nominees, can be found here. ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC. Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content, which includes more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers, is digitally downloaded and played back on over 500 popular devices. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.