May 19, 2022

Brilliance Audio is Suspending Availability of Download Audiobook Titles for Library Purchase

Always talk about ebooks being pulled or possibly being pulled for library access.

Today, word that one audiobook publisher is suspending the sale of  (as of January 31, 2011) audiobooks for library lending via OverDrive and other vendors.

OverDrive partners were informed of this change in a collection development update email.

Here’s the exact wording of what OverDrive partners received:

Effective January 31, 2012, as instructed by the publisher, BrillianceAudio will suspend the availability of all download audiobook titles for library purchase across all vendors. This change does not affect any titles currently in your library’s catalog. You will not, however, be able to add any additional copies.

Brilliance Audio was acquired by in May, 2007. Amazon also owns, the popular audiobook download service.

A Few of the Many Possibilities That Quickly Come to Mind

  • Brilliance Sells Access to Titles via Audible, No Need To Lend
  • Amazon Will Add Some/All Brilliance Titles to the Their Amazon Prime Program

We have asked Brilliance for a comment and will update if/when we here from them.

See Also: Brilliance Audio Titles in the OverDrive Catalog

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.