A LITTLE ABOUT US
Since inventing and commercializing the first portable digital audio player in 1997, our focus on technological innovation and superior programming has earned us millions of listeners around the world. Whether they’re working out, driving, cooking or relaxing on the beach, we’re transforming the way people spend their time, opening new worlds and fresh ideas. From day one, we’ve been unleashing the power of the spoken word to inspire, offer insight, teach, and persuade. Ours is an extraordinary tale – and we’re just getting started.
Audible reinvented a media category, becoming a leading destination for digital entertainment and a powerhouse of creative, original spoken-word content. We’re inspired by artistic creativity, emergent technologies, and the glories of the human spectrum. We are vigilant observers of the world around us. Here, we imagine without fear, we disrupt the status quo and we work on projects that shatter preconceptions.
TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD.
Since our founder and CEO, Don Katz, pondered the idea of a better way to listen to books in 1994, Audible has been leading the way with innovation, vision, and a passion to create content that is truly inspiring. Our history shows that when we combine our voices, we’re catalysts for change.
While jogging around Riverside Park in Manhattan with a cassette player, Don has a vision for a better way to listen to books while on the go: downloadable digital files.
Don forms a company called Audible Words, which distributes audio over the Internet. A few months later, a team of nine is hard at work to make this vision a reality.
Audible.com goes live, and the company releases the first commercialized portable audio player, an example of which now rests in the Smithsonian.
Audible goes public on NASDAQ.
Audible launches a downloadable weekly audio program with Robin Williams years before the word "podcast" is coined.
Audible becomes the provider of spoken-word audio for Apple’s iTunes Store.
Audible.de launches with a catalogue of 250 German audiobooks — the first step in our mission to serve customers globally.
Audible expands to serve listeners in the UK and France.
Audible moves its world headquarters to Newark, NJ.
Audible joins the Amazon family after a years-long partnership, setting the companies on course to continue to invent together — and opening Audible to Amazon’s unrivaled agglomeration of customers. Audible remains a freestanding, independent subsidiary with its own culture, business model and brand.
The A-List collection debuts: Audible commissions a series of tour-de-force performances by Hollywood’s biggest stars including Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, and Susan Sarandon.
Audible Studios wins its first Grammy Award, for Janis Ian’s autobiography, Society's Child. The same year, Audible wins the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
Audible launches in Japan.
Audible launches a suite of short-form programming that’s made available for free to Audible members and Amazon Prime members.
As we celebrated 20 years since the launch of our service, our catalogue surpassed 400,000 titles and we launched Audible for Canada.
Audible India launches.