Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Audio, In-House Audio Production Studio

NEW YORK – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media today announced the launch of HMH Audio. The audio imprint will publish audiobook editions of many of HMH’s front list adult and young reader titles along with select backlist, beginning in fall 2019. 

Executive Producer Tommy Harron has joined the company to lead this effort, reporting to HMH SVP and Publisher Bruce Nichols. HMH Audio will operate out of a newly-built studio within HMH’s New York City offices at 3 Park Avenue. Among the first titles that the imprint will release are the Best American Short Stories 2019, Tim O’Brien’s Dad’s Maybe Book, and Jami Attenberg’s novel All This Could Be Yours. In total, the company expects to publish approximately 75 audio titles per year.

“It is no secret that the audio market has been growing at an explosive pace, and for some titles it has become the bestselling format,” said Ellen Archer, President of HMH Books & Media. “We are thrilled to enter this market directly and to be able to bring our authors to their audiences across all print and digital formats.”

Harron has spent the past decade at Hachette Audio as an engineer and producer and will initially hire a small team to support the business. 

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media

For nearly two centuries, HMH Books & Media (NASDAQ: HMHC) has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to offer educational and entertaining content for all audiences. Its distinguished author list includes ten Nobel Prize winners, forty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, fifteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Amos Oz, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Kwame Alexander, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg. HMH is also home to The Best American series® The Whole30®, Weber Grill, Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, and other leading lifestyle properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. HMH Productions develops and produces media and licensed products related to brands such as Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.  

Lori Glazer
SVP, Executive Director of Publicity
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt