benkrisCo-Founders: Ben Matchar & Kris Hartrum

Site: Talking Book

Lowdown: Independent audiobook retailer and publisher

Awesomeness: Recently teamed up with indie publishing giant Melville House

With an emphasis on gutsy and innovative titles, Talking Book is the independent publishing house for audiobooks today. Independent and budding authors can work with an actor or narrate stories themselves and then sell their published audiobooks on over 16 channels like Audible and Scribd. Talking Book is empowering authors on more than just the creative front – royalty shares are as high as 75 percent.

Mountain Xpress: Independent publisher Talking Book advances the audiobook industry