Harvard Business Review Press and RBmedia Announce Exclusive Audiobook Publishing Partnership

Over 120 titles from HBR Press to be published as audiobooks over the next three years


Landover, MD—April 9, 2019—Harvard Business Review Press, one of the world’s leading business book publishers, and RBmedia today announced an exclusive agreement to publish at least 120 audiobooks over the next three years. The partnership brings together Harvard Business Review Press’s world-class content and RBmedia’s market-leading position in the publishing of audiobooks for business, management, leadership, professional development, and more.

This agreement allows for the publication of all frontlist titles, with a primary focus on leadership, strategy, and management, as well as select titles from other key subject areas, such as technology, innovation, and careers. RBmedia will also publish a number of backlist titles that have not previously been released in audio format. Select audiobooks will be narrated by Harvard Business Review Press authors, including global thought leaders, educators, and practitioners who are experts in creating an enriching and personal listener experience.

Highly anticipated releases for 2019 include:

  • Nine Lies About Work by strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall
  • Master Your Next Move by Michael D. Watkins, author of international bestseller The First 90 Days
  • The Grit Factor by Shannon Huffman Polson
  • Confidence and Mindful Listening (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
  • HBR Guide to Your Professional Growth and HBR Guide to Motivating People (HBR Guide Series)
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Nonprofits and the Social Sectors (featuring “What Business Can Learn from Nonprofits by Peter F. Drucker)
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Business Model Innovation (featuring “Reinventing Your Business Model” by Mark W. Johnson, Clayton M. Christensen, and Henning Kagermann)

“Audiobooks are an ideal format for business people, turning commuting time, daily exercise, and other occasions, into an opportunity for professional development,” said Troy Juliar, Chief Content Officer of RBmedia. “As the world’s largest independent publisher of audiobooks and leader in the business audio market, RBmedia’s long-time goal has been to partner with Harvard Business Review Press to better serve that fast-growing market sector. As we accelerate our business audio program, this new partnership allows all stakeholders to benefit from having more leading business content on audio.”

“As consumer demand for audiobooks continues to soar, we are pleased to be entering into this partnership with RBmedia to make sure our valuable content is available in all formats,” said Erika Heilman, Commercial Director and Associate Publisher for Harvard Business Review Press. “We’re excited to add this product line to our portfolio and expect it to benefit authors and consumers alike.”

The first titles published under the agreement will be available in summer 2019 on Audible, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, public libraries via RBdigital, and many other sites that provide digital audio.




About RBmedia

RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers—at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content—including audiobooks, streaming video, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. RBmedia is owned by KKR, a leading global investment firm. Find out more at rbmediaglobal.com.


About Harvard Business Review Press

Harvard Business Review Press is a leading global book publisher and a division of the Harvard Business Review Group. HBR Press publishes for the general, professional, and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, and management. Recent bestselling titles include Playing to Win, A Sense of Urgency, Leading the Life You Want, Conscious Capitalism, The Founder’s Mentality, HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership, and The First 90 Days. For more information, visit hbr.org/books.