Books on Tape
Parent companyPenguin Random House
FounderDuvall Hecht
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York
Publication typesAudiobooks

Books on Tape (sometimes abbreviated BoT) is an audiobook publishing imprint of Random House which emphasizes unabridged audiobook recordings for schools and libraries.[1] It was previously an independent California-based company before its acquisition by Random House, in 2001.[2]

The company was founded by Olympic gold medalist Duvall Hecht in 1975 as a direct to consumer mail order rental service for unabridged audiobooks on cassette tape.[3] It was one of the pioneering companies in the fledgling audiobook business along with Recorded Books.[3]

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  1. ^ Alexandra Alter (August 1, 2013). "The New Explosion in Audio Books". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2014-12-20.
  2. ^ Jim Milliot (October 22, 2001). "Random Buys Books on Tape". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Virgil L. P. Blake (1990). "Something New Has Been Added: Aural Literacy and Libraries". Information Literacies for the Twenty-First Century. G. K. Hall & Co. pp. 203–218. Retrieved March 5, 2014.