Yen Press announced a new partnership with Hachette Audio to produce, sell, and distribute digital audiobook editions of the acquired titles. This arm of the company has been established as Yen Audio. It will be headed by Publisher and Managing Director Kurt Hassler, who is teaming up with Hachette Audio’s longtime Publisher and SVP Anthony Goff, who negotiated the world rights deal for Hachette Book Group.
Hassler said of the partnership, “Yen has been aware of the interest in audiobook adaptations of its novels for some time, and we’re incredibly excited not only to finally be taking this step but to be doing so with the Grammy Award-winning talent at Hachette Audio. We could not be more excited to be launching both this program and partnership.”
“This partnership is an amazing opportunity, and one we’ve cultivated for many years, since Yen was a part of Hachette Book Group,” concurred Goff. “I couldn’t be more pleased to work with Kurt, and the fantastic team at Yen, as we look forward to introducing more audio interpretations of their popular series to listeners around the world.”
The first titles will release over the Summer and Fall of 2021 and include Solo Leveling and Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad. The audiobooks will cost $25.98 each and will be available wherever downloadable audiobooks are sold, across platforms including Apple Books, Audible, Audiobooks.com, Downpour, Google Books, Libro.fm, Kobo, and more.
The voice cast for the audiobooks will be announced soon.
Here’s the current line up of titles:
- SOLO LEVELING, VOL. 1 – July 2021
- SWORD ART ONLINE 1: AINCRAD – Aug 2021
- OVERLORD, VOL. 1 – Sep 2021
- SOLO LEVELING VOL. 2 – Oct 2021
- SWORD ART ONLINE 2: AINCRAD – Oct 2021
- THE MIRACLES OF THE NAMIYA GENERAL STORE – Nov 2021
- THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL, VOL. 1 – Nov 2021
- OVERLORD, VOL. 2 – Dec 2021
- SWORD ART ONLINE 3: FAIRY DANCE – Dec 2021
Let us know if you’re excited about this new way to experience Light Novels.
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