Some of the audiobook publishers listed here publish audiobooks from a wide variety of categories, while others focus on specific genres or age groups. Take your time and explore them all; you’re sure to find something you like.
Note for screen readers:Each audiobook publisher name in the list is a header. Following each audiobook publisher name is an image of the publisher’s logo followed by a descriptive paragraph, and then a link to the publisher’s website.
Alien Voices:Alien Voices was founded and operated by Leonard Nimoy, along with a few other Star Trek cast members. Their focus is to make full cast audio productions of classic science fiction works. For a while it appeared Alien Voices was no longer in business, but they have a homepage now and their productions are available as direct downloads.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Alien Voices
Atlanta Radio Theater CompanyThe Atlanta Radio Theater Company is a live theater group that makes digital recordings of their productions. The end result is something like an old-time radio program. According to their website, “We like to think that what we do is classic, old-time radio, as it would sound with today’s technology and dramatic techniques.” ARTC’s online catalog features a little bit of everything, but my favorite category is their “SF by Gaslight” which includes full-cast productions of classics like Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Dracula, etc.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Atlanta Radio Theater Company.
Audiobook ProducersAudiobook Producers [ABP] affords authors the opportunity to have their books recorded professionally, sold online through Audible, Amazon and iTunes… or packaged attractively on CD , although the trend is fast becoming digital downloads only. From what I’ve seen on the ABP website, it looks like Audiobook Producers mainly handles non-fiction titles.
Visit the home page of audiobook publishers Audibook Producers.
Audio BookshelfAudio Bookshelf has unabridged award-winning audiobooks for listeners of all ages, with a special focus on educators and library service to children and young adults. Their catalog features a lot of biographies and histories. In 2011, Audio Bookshelf was merged with AudioGo. Audio BookShelf’s titles are now available under AudioGo’s “AudioGo Children’s” imprint.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Audio Bookshelf.
The AudioComics CompanyThe AudioComics Company is exactly what it sounds like. They create full-cast audio productions of creator-owned comic books, graphic novels, and web comics. These are not what you might consider mainstream comics, but as The AudioComics Company says, “There’s a lot more to comics than DC and Marvel, just don’t tell DC and Marvel that.”
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher The AudioComics Company.
AudioGo:AudioGo was formerly known as BBC Audiobooks America among other names. Their online catalog features a good selection of “regular” audiobooks, as well as full cast audio productions of titles that you’re already familiar with such as the works of Tolkien and Asimov etc. If you’re looking for Agatha Christie audiobooks you’ll find them nowhere else, and they are also the exclusive publisher of Doctor Who audio dramatizations. In January 2013, AudioGo acquired Blackstone Audio but it appears that both names still maintain their own websites and online catalogs.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher AudioGo
Audio HoldingsAudio Holding’s website promises audiobooks from all of the major genres, but there are very few actual audiobooks, and no online shopping as of yet. Not sure if they are a new audiobook publisher, or just recently have gone online. Update 8/6/2012, Audio Holdings now has digital download audiobooks available for purchase on their website. It’s not a huge selection and it’s non-mainstream stuff, but they have a good selection of Sherlock Holmes titles.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Audio Holdings.
AudioLarkAudioLark specializes in romance audiobooks, and their catalog features every kind of romance you can imagine, whether it’s contemporary, historical, military, western, or futuristic. I had no idea there were so many kinds of romance novels. According to AudioLark’s website, AudioLark is “Founded by women with women in mind, we provide a wide range of genres so that everyone can find the perfect audiobook romance at the perfect price.”
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher AudioLark.
Audio PartnersAudio Partners published audiobooks in a variety of genres. In 2007 they were acquired by BBC Audiobooks America, which subsequently changed its name to AudioGo. This made AudioGo the exclusive publisher of all unabridged Agatha Christie audiobooks in North America.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher AudioGo.
Audio RealmsAudio Realms publishes audiobooks specifically in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. I’ve never heard of most of the authors they feature, but they do have Edgar Rice Burroughs and H P Lovecraft in their catalog. Audio Realms may be a public domain publisher.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Audio Realms.
Audio Renaissance:Audio Renaissance was merged into the Macmillan group in 2001 and their titles are now available through the Macmillan Audio website. I don’t know much about Audio Renaissance titles other than that they published some big name sci-fi titles like Ender’s Game and Dune in a unique multi-reader format.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Macmillan Audio
Audio VisceralAudio Visceral looks like a brand new company and, to the best of my knowledge, has only one title on sale as of this writing. This could be a company to watch, however, if they catch on. It looks like they will be publishing theatrical dramatic productions, something like L. A. Theatre Works and the Atlanta Radio Theater Company. Be sure to stop by and support this up and comer in the audio industry.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Audio Visceral.
Bantam Dell:Bantam and Dell have been book publishers for a long, long time. If you’ve been listening to audiobooks for a while you may have heard of some that were published under the Bantam Doubleday Dell imprint. These three joined up in 1988, then in 1998 the whole thing became part of the Random House family. In 2008 the Doubleday imprint joined up with another group so now it is just Bantam Dell. They have their own website but if you click one of the books it will take you to Random House.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Bantam Dell.
BBC Audiobooks America:BBC Audiobooks America was one link in a long chain of book and audiobook publishers that eventually ended with AudioGo. The titles published by BBC Audiobooks America can now be found on the AudioGo website.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher AudioGo.
Blackstone Audio:According to their website, Blackstone Audio is the largest independent audiobook publisher, and I don’t doubt it. Their selection is huge and dozens of new titles are added each month. You’ll find a lot to love at Blackstone, including many classic Stephen King audiobooks. In late 2012 Blackstone launched their new Downpour online retail site where all of their audio titles can now be purchased along with titles from other publishers. In January 2013, Blackstone was acquired by AudioGo but it appears that both names still maintain separate websites and online catalogs.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Blackstone Audio
Bolinda PublishingBolinda is an Australian publishing company, which, unfortunately, made their products difficult to get here in America. Happily, they are now either owned by, or are partnered with, Brilliance Audio, so that their audiobooks can now be found in the Brilliance online catalog and purchased through them.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Bolinda Publishing.
Books In MotionBooks In Motion is a lesser-known publisher, but they offer audiobooks in all the major categories, including adventure, mystery, science fiction, western, non-fiction, and more. The thing I really like about Books In Motion is that they offer ratings, such as PG or R, for the audiobooks listed on their website. Audiobooks are available in CD or downloadable formats.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Books In Motion.
Books on Tape:Books On Tape was founded way back in the 1970’s, and is one of the pioneers of the audiobook publishing industry. They are now a part of the Random House family and have a pretty huge selection of audiobooks in their catalog.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Books On Tape
Brilliance Audio:Brilliance Audio considers themselves to be the largest independent audiobook publisher in the United States, with dozens of new titles being published every month. They offer titles from every genre and their selection is pretty good.
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Busy Bees PublishingBusy Bees Publishing is not quite like any other audiobook publisher I’ve encountered. Several publishers enhance their audiobooks with music and sound effects, but with Busy Bees the story is narrated in a sort of rhythmic cadence that integrates it with the music and sound in a special kind of way. It’s hard to describe but if you listen to one of their productions you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, Busy Bees publishes stories for children and they’re really pretty cool.
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Buzzy MultimediaBuzzy Multimedia specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror audiobooks, but they offer very few titles. They are unique, however, in that they also sell t-shirts on their website. Interesting combination.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Buzzy Multimedia.
Chivers PressMany years ago, there was a little audiobook publisher called Chivers Press. In 2001, Chivers was acquired by BBC Worldwide, which in turn was acquired by AudioGo. I’m not sure if any audiobooks are still being published under the Chivers imprint, but if they are, you can probably find them at AudioGo.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher AudioGo.
ChristianaudioChristianaudio is just what it sounds like, a publisher of Christian audiobooks. They publish audiobooks under three main imprints, Hovel Audio, Christianaudio Seed, and Christianaudio Fiction. Their catalog features a large selection of Tim Lahaye audiobooks.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Christianaudio.
Christianaudio FictionSee Christianaudio.
Christianaudio SeedSee Christianaudio.
Cool Beat AudiobooksCool Beat is a small, independent publisher of audiobooks. Their selection is limited but I found some pretty cool classic sci-fi titles in their online catalog. In addition, Cool Beat has a selection of Native American fiction as well as titles for children and middle grades.
Creative Content LtdCreative Content Ltd is an independent digital audio and eBook publishing company that specializes in crime fiction, memoir and specially commissioned content from experts in speech, business, and self improvement.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Creative Content Ltd.
Crossroad Press:Crossroad Press is a small, independent publisher of books and audiobooks. They offer titles in many different genres and the audio titles are available in download formats only.
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Full Cast AudioFull Cast Audio focuses entirely on full cast audio productions. “Always full cast, always unabridged, always family friendly,” is their motto. That pretty much says it all, audiobooks the whole family can enjoy together.
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Galaxy Audio:Galaxy Audio, a division of Galaxy Press, is a highly specialized audiobook publisher. They are currently working on a project to produce L Ron Hubbard’s short fiction of the 1930’s and 1940’s in an audio format and they have a few other things going on as well. Unlike typical audiobooks, Galaxy produces the stories with music and sound effects and they are voiced by a multicast of actors.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Galaxy Audio
Graphic Audio:Graphic Audio specializes in the production of comic books and graphic novels in an audio format. They create full cast audio productions enhanced with music and sound effects. They have mainstream books such as Batman and Superman, but also have a lot of independent titles.
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Hachette Audio:Hachette Audio, formerly Time-Warner Audio, is a small, independent audiobook publisher that seems to focus more on young adult and teen literature. James Patterson is one of the more widely known authors in their repertoire.
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Harper Audio:Harper Audio is a small, independent audiobook publisher offering works of poetry as well as contemporary and classic literature. They don’t cover all of the major categories like most book sellers but they have a fairly good selection and you’ll most likely find something of interest.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Harper Audio
HighBridge Audio:HighBridge Audio is one of the smaller audiobook publishers out there, but they have some good stuff. In addition to traditional audiobooks, they also offer radio program collections including some really great documentaries from NPR.
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Hovel AudioSee Christianaudio.
Hyperion Audio:Hyperion Audio is an imprint of the Hyperion Books group, which is in turn a division of the Walt Disney Company. The name Hyperion comes from the name of the street Walt Disney studios was located on prior to 1939. The audiobook publishing portion of Hyperion does not have a separate website.
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Iambik Audio:Iambik Audio is another recent addition to the audiobook publishing business, having launched in October 2010, and offering audiobooks only in downloadable formats. Their catalog is growing quickly, however, and the prices are low.
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Jimcin RecordingsA small, home operation, Jimcin Recordings makes audio recordings of public domain material and sells them through Audible and Itunes.
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Last Word Audio:Last Word Audio is a very new audiobook publisher, having published their first audio title in august of 2010. So far, it’s a one man operation so the catalog is not growing quickly, but there are some good titles available.
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Listen and Live Audio:Listen and Live Audio provides a variety of general interest fiction and non-fiction audiobooks and radio theater. They only have around 600 titles in their catalog, but they do boast some big name narrators. This is the company that published the popular Bloody Jack Adventures.
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Listening Library:Listening Library is the imprint of Random House, which publishes audiobooks for children, teens, and young adults. This is the imprint that published the Harry Potter audiobooks a few years ago.
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Macmillan AudioMacmillan Audio, formerly Audio Renaissance, is one of the larger audiobook publishers around. They have a comprehensive selection of titles, featuring many top authors. Whatever you’re looking for, Macmillan probably has it.
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Mountain Lake PressMountain Lake Press is a relatively new publisher of books and audiobooks. Founded in 2008 they offer a little of everything: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and history. According to the Mountain Lake website, ”We will continue to offer high-quality but reasonably priced books and multimedia products. [In 2008], we began our business with the audacious slogan, "Home to some of America's best booksTM." We have honored that commitment and will continue to work to earn that reputation.
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Naxos AudiobooksNaxos has a little bit of everything in their catalog, including non-fiction, poetry, and audiobooks for kids. Their special focus is on classic literature.
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Oasis AudioOasis Audio specializes in inspirational and self-help audiobooks, including Christian materials and Bibles.
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Open Book AudioOpen Book Audio works specifically with self-published authors and small publishing houses. They work to give the unknown author a voice and to produce the best new works by up and coming authors. Their online catalog contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles including some great classics.
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Penguin Audio:The Penguin Group encompasses a large handful of smaller publishing imprints including Putnam and Viking. As far as I can tell, Penguin Audio handles the audiobook publishing for all of those imprints. They have a good selection of titles, including several of Stephen King’s audiobooks.
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Post Hypnotic Press
Post Hypnotic Press is based in Canada and focuses primarily on non fiction audiobooks, such as self-help or finance titles. I was informed recently, however, that they may be adding some fiction titles to their catalog soon so keep your eye on them.
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Radio Archives“The best of old-time radio.” Radio Archives is dedicated to bringing back the most loved and most entertaining radio programs that used to captivate listeners by the millions, digitally remastered in crystal-clear CD quality. From detective stories, to Lux Radio Theatre, to Orson Welles, to Doc Savage, they’ve got it all.
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Random House:Random House is probably one of the largest book and audiobook publishers there is. Their audiobook division includes imprints such as Books On Tape, Listening Library, and Bantam-Doubleday-Dell. You’ll have no trouble finding audiobooks you like at Random House.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Random House
Recorded Books:Recorded Books is undeniably the leading audiobook publisher, with more than 15,000 audiobooks to choose from in every genre. They also have a program where you can rent audiobooks by mail.
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Scholastic Audio:Scholastic Audio is the audio imprint for Scholastic Books, and caters primarily to younger readers. The audio division of Scholastic does not have its own website, audiobooks are purchased from the same site as the print books.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Scholastic Audio
Simon & Schuster Audio:Simon & Schuster Audio is the audiobook publishing imprint for, you guessed it, Simon & Schuster. S&S encompasses a lot of smaller imprints, but as far as I can tell, all of the audiobooks go through Simon & Schuster Audio. S&S is a large audiobook publisher with lots of titles for young and old.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Spoken Word Inc.Spoken Word Inc. is a publisher of both traditionally published and self-published audiobooks. Spoken Word Inc. specializes in quality content in subjects like the arts, culture, public policy and public health, and history. They work with top-notch narrators, editors, and designers to create audiobooks in various genres.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Spoken Word Inc.
Tantor Media:Tantor Media has been around for 10 years and, according to their website, is publishing 50 new audiobooks every month. And yes, they are named after Tarzan’s elephant friend. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes was the first audiobook they published.
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Time-Warner Audio:See Hachette Audio.
Whole Story AudiobooksWhole Story Audiobooks is based in the UK and their main selling point is that they offer unabridged titles and ONLY unabridged titles. Like their logo says, “Don’t settle for half the story – listen to the Whole Story.” Whole Story’s online catalog boasts more than 2,000 titles with approximately 20 new titles added every month. Whole Story does not export to the US, however they are owned by Recorded Books so their titles can most likely be found there.
Visit the home page of audiobook publisher Whole Story Audiobooks.
This list is intended solely as a resource for people like me who love audiobooks. I am not affiliated with any of the audiobook publishers listed here.