Hachette Book Group is one of the biggest publishers in the world. One of the elusive ‘Big Five’ of publishing, they feature authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Elin Hildebrand. And it seems they have a new partner in online writing trailblazer Wattpad.
Together they plan to launch Hachette Audio Books: Powered by Wattpad, a joint venture in which they will publish 50 top Wattpad stories in audiobook format. The selected stories and authors have yet to be announced, and will be available starting Summer 2017.
This feature will include traditional audio books, but also CD format for libraries and on demand for interested parties. Titles selected will be available through several outlets, including iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and more.
According to VP of Content Development Anthony Goff, it sounds like Hachette is rather excited to be partnered with Wattpad for this next step.
“Content development is an important initiative for Hachette. We are excited to be working with Wattpad to amplify the audience and broaden the channels of discovery for their unique brand of storytelling.” – Goff
We are excited to see which stories will be the first launched by this new venture.