Landover, Md.-based audiobook publisher RBmedia has continued its push in the international market with the acquisition of John Verlag’s German-language audiobook catalog.
Founded by journalist Michael John in 2006, John Verlag primarily publishes nonfiction audiobooks in the politics, investigative journalism, business, biographies, and advice genres. Its catalog of well-known authors includes Robert Marc Lehmann, Martin Sonneborn, Alice Schwarzer, Robin Alexander, and Elton John.
Titles acquired through this deal will be added to the company’s RBmedia Verlag audio division, which already publishes fiction audiobooks through the Hörbuch München imprint and nonfiction under the ABOD label.
Miles Stevens-Hoare, managing director of RBmedia international, said, “The acquisition of John Verlag adds to RBmedia’s presence in the German audiobook market and continues our international expansion." Since 2021 RBmedia has extended its global footprint with the acquisition of five European audiobook catalogs—Booka, ABOD, Hörbuch München, Éditions Thélème, and now John Verlag.