Tantor Media

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Tantor Media is an imprint of RBMedia, its parent company. It produces unabridged fiction and nonfiction audiobooks. It is in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Tantor Audio include notable titles, such as National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize winners and numerous New York Times Best Sellers.[2] Tantor offers its audiobook titles as both physical discs and as downloads for the retail and library markets;[3] Tantor's print and ebook line launched in 2012.[4] In January 2015, Tantor was sold to Recorded Books but would continue to operate with its own imprint and offices. In 2017, Recorded Books re-organized into RBMedia and Tantor operated as an imprint of RBMedia.

Tantor Media
Parent companyRBMedia
FounderKevin Colebank, Allen Colebank, and Laura Colebank
Headquarters locationOld Saybrook, Connecticut
DistributionIngram Publisher Services[1]
Publication typesAudiobooks, Books
Official websitewww.tantor.com


2000: Tantor Media was founded by brothers Kevin and Allen Colebank and Kevin’s wife, Laura, above a San Clemente, California garage. Tantor is Tarzan's elephant friend in Edgar Rice Burroughs' book Tarzan of the Apes, the first audiobook the company published.[5]

2003: Tantor begins to license exclusive rights from publishers.

2004: Tantor relocates to Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

2007: Tantor experiences a sales growth of 628% since 2005 and its staff expands from 15 to 50 employees.[6]

2008: Tantor introduces their Audio&eBook classics line, which includes an ebook in PDF format with all classic audiobooks. The PDF allows the listener to search the text for reference or read along with the audio.[7]

2009: Tantor Media begins publishing as Tantor Audio.

2010: Tantor Media launches Tantor Studios, which will offer full audio production and distribution services for publishers and authors.[8][9]

2012: Tantor Media begins publishing print and ebooks.[10][11]

2013: Behind the Candelabra makes the New York Times Best Seller list.[12]

2014: Recorded Books acquires Tantor Media.[13]

2017: Recorded Books re-organized into RBMedia.


Audie Awards


2006: Richard K. Morgan's Market Forces, Narrated by Simon Vance [14]

2007: Patricia McConnell's For the Love of a Dog, Narrated by Ellen Archer [15]

2009: Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, Narrated by Simon Vance [16]

2010: Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman's Tears in the Darkness, Narrated by Michael Prichard [17]

Christian Moerk's Darling Jim, Narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre [18]

2011: Robert Hellenga's Snakewoman of Little Egypt, Narrated by Coleen Marlo [19]

2012: Mark Logue and Peter Conradi's The King's Speech, Narrated by Simon Vance [20]

Charles Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Narrated by Simon Vance [21]

2013: Kent Hartman's The Wrecking Crew, Narrated by Dan John Miller [22]

Sara Tuvel Bernstein, with Louise Loots Thornton, and Marlene Berstein Samuels' The Seamstress, Narrated by Wanda McCaddon [23]

Benjamin Hoff's The Tao of Pooh, Narrated by Simon Vance [24]

Florence William's Breasts, Narrated by Kate Reading [25]

2014: Anthony Lawrence with Graham Spence's The Elephant Whisperer, Narrated by Simon Vance [26]

Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass, Narrated by Jen Sincero [27]


  1. ^ "Publishers We Work With - Book Distribution | Ingram Content Group". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ "Audio Reviews". Library Journal. April 2009.
  3. ^ "Reviews". Library Journal. March 2012.
  4. ^ "Audiobook House Tantor Launches Printed Book Line". Library Journal. September 2012.
  5. ^ "Article". Library Journal. March 2008.
  6. ^ "Indies Experiments Pay Off". Publishers Weekly. February 2008.
  7. ^ "Tantor Media". Library Journal. April 2009.
  8. ^ "Audio Newsbriefs". Library Journal. April 2011.
  9. ^ "Tantor Rolls Out Tantor Studios". Publishers Weekly. March 2011.
  10. ^ "Audiobook House Tantor Launches Printed Book Line". Library Journal. September 2012.
  11. ^ "Audiobook Leader Tantor Media Launches Into Print & eBook Publishing". PR Newswire. September 2012.
  12. ^ "eBook Nonfiction List". New York Times. June 2013.
  13. ^ Milliot, Jim (2015-01-06). "Recorded Books Buys Tantor Media". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
  14. ^ Audio Publishers Association (2006). "Audies Winners". p. 2.
  15. ^ [1] Audio Publishers Association. 2007.
  16. ^ [2] Audio Publishers Association. 2009.
  17. ^ [3] Audio Publishers Association. 2010.
  18. ^ [4] Audio Publishers Association. 2010.
  19. ^ [5] Audio Publishers Association. 2011.
  20. ^ [6] The New York Times. June 2012.
  21. ^ [7] The New York Times. June 2012.
  22. ^ [8] AudioFile. May 2013.
  23. ^ [9] AudioFile. May 2013.
  24. ^ [10] AudioFile. May 2013.
  25. ^ [11] AudioFile. May 2013.
  26. ^ [12] AudioFile. May 2014.
  27. ^ [13] AudioFile. May 2014.

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