PRH signs deals with Mofibo and Scribd

PRH signs deals with Mofibo and Scribd

Penguin Random House UK is to make "thousands" of English-language audiobook titles available to Mofibo subscribers in Denmark and Sweden.

Meanwhile Penguin Random House Audio will also make 9,000 audiobooks available via subscription service Scribd, predominantly in the US.

Mofibo subscribers in Denmark and Sweden will be able to listen to audiobooks by authors Stephen Fry, Roald Dahl, Dan Brown, E L James, James Patterson and Sophie Kinsella. With the inclusion of Penguin Random House UK’s catalogue of audiobooks, subscribers to Mofibo will be able to listen to more than 5,000 books on smartphones and tablets.

Morten Strunge, founder of Mofibo, said: “Penguin Random House UK’s audiobook list is probably the strongest in the English-language. It has stories for all ages and all tastes. From global names such as Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid in the children’s section to crime heavyweights like Jo Nesbo, the addition of these titles to Mofibo will, no doubt, absorb our users for hours on end.”

Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development at Penguin Random House UK, said: ”We’re hugely ambitious about growing our audio business and are delighted to partner with Mofibo to ensure our audiobooks reach as wide an audience as possible.” Penguin Random House UK previously had some audiobooks available via streaming service Bardowl, which closed in January.

Last year, Simon & Schuster made backlist e-book titles available to Mofibo.

The deal with Scribd is “overwhelmingly US-driven”, said Penguin Random House in the US. However, Scribd said availability of titles “varies based on individual territory restrictions”. Titles available to UK subscribers include The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

The addition of the PRH titles takes Scribd’s audiobook selection up to 45,000 titles. Trip Adler, c.e.o. of Scribd, said: “Penguin Random House Audio is one of the world’s most admired publishers . . . Since we launched audiobooks last fall, reading time on Scribd has doubled.”

There is no suggestion that the deals in the audio sector impact PRH's views on e-book subscription. PRH UK c.e.o. Tom Weldon has previously expressed some scepticism about the e-book subscription model, saying he is not convinced it is what “readers want”.