On May 8th Storytel goes online in Russia with 2,000 audio titles mostly concentrated within lighter fiction, with some non-fiction, as well. By the end of the year the service will have grown to 4,000 titles, and will include most of the current Russian bestsellers. Subscriptions will cost 449 rub per month.
"Our goal is to make audio books very popular in Russia. We have an excellent local team in place, and they're going to work hard to ensure Storytel reaches its goals," says Storytel CEO Jonas Tellander.
Publishing houses cooperating with Storytel in Russia include the French publishing group Hachette's Russian subsidiary Azbuka-Atticus, as well as Audiokniga, Ardis, Vimbo and AB Publishing. Authors and readers are compensated according to international standards.
Classic titles by authors such as Boris Pasternak and Vladimir Nabokov will now be available through Storytel, as well as works by contemporary authors Victor Pelevin och Dina Rubina. Foreign authors such as Stephen King and Ernest Hemingway will also be available.
Storytel's organization is comprised of two divisions, Streaming and Publishing. The Streaming division offers a subscription service for audio books and e-books under the brand names Storytel and Massolit, currently available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Holland and Poland. The Streaming division also publishes audio books through StorySide in Sweden, and Rubinstein Audio in the Netherlands. The Publishing division is comprised of the publishers Norstedts and Massolit (adult trade), Kontentan, Telegram and the Danish People's Press (adult trade), as well as Rabén & Sjögren, B. Wahlströms (children's and young adult), and Norstedts Kartor (maps).
For more information, please call: Stefan Tegenfalk, Head of New Markets +46-73-3839601
Boris Makarenkov, Country Manager Russia +79-250106710