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Montreal, Canada | Published on: October 20, 2010
Social media pitch
From the founder of LibriVox, comes Iambik Audio: connecting listeners, authors, publishers, and narrators. http://pr.co/p/00061j
Summary
Iambik Audio, a new kind of audiobook company, launches today with 11 works of literary fiction from independent presses in the US and Canada. Launch books include "Collected Fictions" by Gordon Lish (OR Books) and Lydia Millet's "Oh Pure and Radiant Heart."

Iambik strives to connect listeners, authors, publishers, and audiobook narrators, to find new audiences for great books.

Iambik was started by Hugh McGuire, founder of LibriVox, the free public domain audiobook community.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                            Hugh McGuire
                                                                                                                                 hugh@iambik.com


We are pleased to announce Iambik Audio, a new kind of audiobook company, launching today with 11 literary fiction audiobooks from independent presses in the US and Canada. In the collection, Iambik is launching audiobooks of one giant of American letters, Gordon Lish (including a selection of stories read by Mr. Lish himself); one Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lydia Millet; and a number of newer and upcoming writers including Felicia Luna Lemus and J. Robert Lennon.

Iambik Audio was started by Hugh McGuire, founder of LibiriVox, the free public domain audiobook community, once called "the most interesting cultural collaborative project this side of Wikipedia."

But whereas LibriVox helps anyone make free audiobooks of older public domain texts, Iambik connects talented voice actors with contemporary books from great publishers, and sells the audiobooks from iambik.com and distribution partners including Overdrive, eMusic, and others.

"When we were approached by Iambik to participate in their new venture, I was thrilled, since their aspirations and ways of thinking about books in the context of new and expanding media is very much in tune with our plans for the future,” says Chris Fischbach, Associate Publisher of Coffee House Press.

Iambik aims to change the way commercial audiobooks are made. For audiobook listeners, Iambik will offer hand-picked collections of audiobooks, a little off the beaten path, at reasonable prices (between $5 and $10) with no digital rights management—meaning they can be played on any computer or mobile device.

For publishers and authors, Iambik approaches everything as a partnership, by promoting print and ebooks, as well as selling audiobooks, and by giving healthy royalties on all sales.

For audiobook narrators and voice actors, Iambik is more of a partner than an employer, sharing revenues on all sales, and helping to secure audio rights for books narrators wish to record.

“We’re very happy to be involved in this innovative and timely initiative—audiobooks are back! And Iambik is the perfect forum for proving it, especially for a smaller press insistent on quality and literariness,” says Alana Wilcox of Coach House Books.

Iambik launches today, with 11 audiobooks for sale:

* All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman (Coach House Books), narrated by Gord Mackenzie
* Castle, by J. Robert Lennon (Graywolf Press), narrated by Mark Nelson
* Century, by Ray Smith (Biblioasis), narrated by Gord Mackenzie
* Collected Fictions (Vol 1 & Vol 2), by Gordon Lish (OR Books), narrated by Gregg Margarite and Gordon Lish
* Edge of Eden, by Helen Benedict (Soho Press), narrated by Ruth Golding
* The Hour, by Bernard de Voto (Tin House Books), narrated by John Greenman
* Icelander, by Dustin Long, (McSweeny’s and Movable Type Literary Group, agents), narrated by Miette
* The Impossibly, by Laird Hunt (Coffee House Press), narrated by Peter Yearsley
* Like Son, by Felicia Luna Lemus (Akashic Books), narrated by Kristin Hughes
* No Lease on Life, by Lynne Tillman (Cursor/Red Lemonade), narrated by Karen Savage
* Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, (Softskull/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lippincott, Massie, McQuilkin, agents), narrated by Cori Samuel

About Iambik

Iambik Audio Inc. is a new audiobook company, started by Hugh McGuire, the founder of LibriVox.org, the free public domain audiobook community. Iambik partners with publishers and a global network of independent audiobook narrators to bring new audiobooks to the world.

Find out more at iambik.com.

For media requests, please contact:
Hugh McGuire
hugh@iambik.com
+1.514.464.2047
Quotes
Iambik is doing for audiobooks right now what Cursor aims to do for publishing as a whole: combine the best of curation with the best of the wisdom of the crowd. We're thrilled to be a part of the Iambik launch.

— Richard Nash, Publsiher, Cursor/RedLemonade
We’re very happy to be involved in this innovative and timely initiative—audiobooks are back! And Iambik is the perfect forum for proving it, especially for a smaller press insistent on quality and literariness.

— Alana Wilcox, Managing Editor, Coach House Books
When we were approached by Iambik to participate in their new venture, I was thrilled, since their aspirations and ways of thinking about books in the context of new and expanding media is very much in tune with our plans for the future.

— Chris Fischbach, Associate Publisher, Coffee House Press
Iambik feels very much like a partnership. As a narrator, I work to find and select books that are important to me . . . that I want to read, and that I think fit well with the characteristics of my voice.

— Gord Mackenzie, Iambik Narrator