Donald Katz (January 30, 1952) is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Newark, NJ since 2007, Audible.com serves millions of listeners and offers over 150,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals, and other programs. Audible also commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. In 2004, Mr. Katz was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey. Audible was a publicly traded Nasdaq company until it was acquired and became a subsidiary of Amazon.com in early 2008. Audible operates eleven global outlets, including websites in the UK and Germany.
Katz was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1952. Katz graduated from New York University in 1974, where he studied with Ralph Ellison, and also attended The University of Chicago as well as The London School of Economics, from which he holds an MSc Economics. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
Before founding Audible, Katz was an author and journalist for twenty years. He is the author of Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America (1992), nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears (1987), winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction; and Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World (1994). Katz served as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Men's Journal and Worth. He received an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of foreign affairs, and his writing won or was nominated for several National Magazine Awards. A two-volume collection of Katz's award-winning magazine stories, King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories and Valley of the Fallen and Other Places was published in 2001.
- The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories. 2001. ISBN 978-0-679-64702-7
- The Valley of the Fallen and Other Places. 2001. ISBN 978-0-679-64722-5
- Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World. 1994. ISBN 978-1-55850-479-0
- Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America. 1992. ISBN 978-0-06-099502-7
- The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears. 1987. ISBN 978-0-14-011525-3
- WebTalk Radio with Rob Greenlee: Don Katz interview, ITC, recorded 2005-05-09.
- "Amazon to buy Audible for $300 million", Franklin Paul, Reuters, Jan 31, 2008