Thomas Nelson and Zondervan sign exclusive agreement with Brilliance Audio, Inc.

 Company to distribute hard goods for both front and back list product

BrillianceAudioEarly this week, Brilliance Audio, Inc. signed an agreement for the exclusive global distribution rights of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan—the two publishing groups that form HarperCollins Christian Publishing—hard goods product*.  The three-year  partnership includes all front list and select back list titles for non-fiction trade and fiction audio products in CD and MP3 CD format.

Unique to this agreement, past favorites from Rick Warren, Max Lucado, Colleen Coble, Lysa TerKeurst and many more will be included in the available backlist CD products.

“With certain backlist titles being available in hard goods for the first time, this new partnership will increase our audio presence in the world’s retail and libraries markets,” said Cat Zappa, director of licensing for HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  “We are thrilled that loved titles like ‘America the Beautiful’ by Ben Carson and ‘Grace, Gold and Glory’ by Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas will now be available to our audio listening audience.”

The much anticipated title “Francis: Man of Prayer” by Mario Escobar—the complete biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, who replaced Pope Benedict XVI—releasing in May will be one of the first titles audio-published and distributed by Brilliance Audio, with the contractual partnership going into effect immediately.

Gabe Wicks, vice president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s creative services group added, “The audiobook space is evolving quickly, and as a publisher we need to be nimble to appropriately respond to the changing market.  Partnering with Brilliance guarantees we’ll be able to do that while, at the same time, expanding our audio product list. This new relationship is a positive for both Brilliance and HCCP, but it’s an even more exciting development for our authors and their fans.”

For more information on HarperCollins Christian Publishing, please visit www.harpercollinschristian.com, and for information on Brilliance Audio, Inc. please go to www.brillianceaudio.com/harper-collins-christian.

*Distribution in Australia and New Zealand is non-exclusive

 HarperCollins Christian Publishing is comprised of both Thomas Nelson Inc. and Zondervan. The two publishing groups provide bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content, including BibleGateway.com, and live events for the Christian market space. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is committed to inspiring the world with content that honors God. For more information please visit www.harpercollinschristian.com.

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