HarperAudio Announces Vinyl Audiobook Publishing Program


HarperAudio, the audio imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced that it will produce a series of vinyl + digital audio titles in 2018, capitalizing on the success of previous vinyl publications, Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. The vinyl series will be distributed by Wax, an independent record label that specializes in unique vinyl releases.

The series will launch on April 18 with the publication of Wild Horses Vinyl Edition + MP3 by Joe Hill, performed by Nate Corddry. “Wild Horses”, a ’vinyl-first’ short story, is the tale of four teenagers out for a night of fun on a boardwalk who take a ride on the “Wild Wheel” – an antique carousel with a shadowy past – and learn too late that decisions made in an instant can have deadly consequences.

HarperAudio will publish several other vinyl editions this year including A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni, and “The Monarch of the Glenn” and “Black Dog” (American Gods sequel novellas) by Neil Gaiman.

Says Ana Maria Allessi, VP and Publisher of HarperAudio, “Audio is the fastest-growing format in publishing, and vinyl album sales are surging. Now fans of spoken word and vinyl have more to celebrate – their favorite authors and their favorite books on long-playing records. HarperAudio is happy to partner with Jeffrey Bowers of Wax to expand distribution of our stellar recordings.”

Wax founder Jeff Bowers adds that “This well curated, thoughtful series of spoken-word releases is a response to the tremendous growth in audiobooks and vinyl, part of a new moment in what has become a listening revolution. We’re happy to partner with HarperAudio to bring fans recordings of their favorite authors in stunning new packages.”