RBmedia has formed BookaVivo, a new Spanish-language audio unit. The operation will house RBmedia’s recently acquired Booka audiobook publishing business and all new Spanish-language titles produced by RBmedia. In February, RBmedia acquired Spain-based publisher Booka’s audiobook publishing division, including its catalog of Spanish-language titles.
RBmedia has also appointed Roseann Lake its Spanish content publisher, and she will oversee BookaVivo. Prior to joining RBmedia, Lake was a journalist, first as a reporter in Beijing and then as Cuba correspondent for The Economist. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin, and is the author of Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower, published by Norton in 2018.
With the creation of BookaVivo, RBmedia said the new unit will begin to release Spanish audio editions by authors who are already part of its English-language catalog. With BookaVivo, RBmedia said it “is positioned to aggressively pursue and acquire the rights to additional high-profile titles and authors that are popular with Spanish-speaking audiences.”