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Amazon to Acquire Brilliance Audio

ShelfAwareness reported this morning that Amazon is on the verge of acquiring Brilliance Audio, U.S’s largest independent audiobook publisher. It puts out 12-15 audiobooks each month and is located in Grand Haven, Mich.

Amazon is no stranger to acquisitions. Two years ago it purchased Mobipocket which has the largest library of ebooks; last month it announced the purchase of dpreview.com. I guess it’s all about vertical alignment these days.

Via ShelfAwareness

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One Comment

  1. BevL(QB)
    May 23, 2007 @ 15:35:24

    Right now, Amazon downloadable audio book purchases link to Audible.com (often at a higher price than a direct purchase from Audible). Brilliance links to AudioBookStandDL.com (which is outrageously expensive).

    So, will Audible, with it’s more reasonable prices (but smaller selection) be squeezed out of business? I hope not. I would hate to see Amazon (through Brilliance) have the downloadable audio market completely to themselves. Or maybe I’m making a wrong assumption that AudioBookStand is under Brilliance audio’s corporate umbrella?

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