Audio Archives

Caedmon Audio (formerly Caedmon Records)

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Harper-Collins, Caedmon

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

While Caedmon was originally recordings of poets and authors reading their own works. Since Harper Collins took over, the website is devoted to audio books. The site shows clips of a selection from audiobooks.

Update: Harper Collins Publisher now lists all publishing houses specializing in audiobooks owned by Harper Collins.

Description of archive history or URL

Caedmon Records began in 1952, recording readings and events of famous poets and writers on vinyl. The company has since then been bought by Harper Collins and most of their repository have been recorded digitally, now available on this site.

Contact information

Contact is for entire harpercollins site.

Searchable options


Relation from the audio to the text


Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items


Author bios and context within literary history

none: these might be other people reading from an author's book; info about the book and link to author bio

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)


Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

photo of book cover

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

opens in a new black screen, unknown audio player

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Downloadable audio: so you could listen to it on any device, including smart phones and tablets, but it does not specify.


limited because there is no search

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


Other notes

this company began as a vinyl recording company that recorded poets and poetry readings, however since harper collins bought them, the focus on their website has been on audio books.