As the audiobook industry celebrates June Is Audiobook Month, audiobook narrator Amy Rubinate launches Ideal Audiobooks, which focuses on quality women’s fiction, romance, young adult, and children’s books read by award-winning narrators. Popular authors represented include Tamara Ireland Stone, Heather Vogel Frederick, Kasie West, and Beth Kendrick, whose books are read by well-known narrators such as Julia Whelan, Kate Rudd, Hillary Huber, Xe Sands, and Tavia Gilbert.
The number of titles produced in audiobook format has grown steadily over the past few years with nearly 36,000 audiobooks published in 2013. However, Rubinate, who has narrated more than 200 audiobooks, noticed that many quality titles were not available on audio. So she decided to publish them herself. Ideal Audiobooks’s title list launches in June, is available through all major library and retail digital vendors, and will release 25 titles in the first year.
Rubinate says, “There is enough darkness in the world, and I want the audiobooks I publish to have something positive to say, thus the “Stories with Heart” slogan. Ideal’s titles tackle complex issues that are real to our listeners like OCD, bullying, and drug addiction, but they have uplifting elements, and above all, tell good stories.”