October 29, 2008
Audible.Co.UK Goes “Direct to Download” With 5-Million Selling Bluffer’s Guides(R)
Audible Limited, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced it has released The Bluffer's Guides, as a new and direct-to-download audio product on Audible.co.uk. Published in print by Oval Books, the 5 million-selling titles have never before been made available in audio until now.
The highly successful Bluffer's Guides are friendly, concise and witty guides to fascinating and often complex topics, full of British humour and sure to entertain. Audible.co.uk initially launched the series with ten titles; more will follow throughout 2009. Recorded at Audible's studios, this effort continues to demonstrate the company's innovative approach to content acquisition and the commitment to providing the best range of high quality and popular titles to customers.
"The Bluffer's Guides have been extremely successful in print and we really believed that they would transfer well into audio. They are also a great illustration of the added value of audio, as these works are extremely well suited to people who learn by listening. We hope that more and more publishers will be taking the direct-to-download route as, in comparison to CDs, production costs are lower and it is more environmentally friendly," said Chris McKee, Managing Director of Audible Limited.
The first ten titles to be released are Bluffer's Guide to:
-- Quantum Universe
The complete range of these audio books is now available to download from www.audible.co.uk priced at GBP 4.99.
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