Anthony M. Schulte | Audiobooks proponent

Posted: June 26, 2012

Anthony M. Schulte, 82, a publishing executive who was an early proponent of audiobooks and among the first to tap the ready-made audience for books written by trusted television personalities such as Alistair Cooke, Carl Sagan, and Walter Cronkite, died June 17 in a swimming accident in Maine.

Authorities there said he drowned while taking his first swim of the season at his vacation home on Cupsuptic Lake, in the town of Oquossoc.

Mr. Schulte was the No. 2 executive at Random House from the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s, when the company became the dominant force in U.S. publishing.

"Tony was a rare fossil - a gentleman publisher," said the editor Robert Gottlieb. "There weren't many of those."

The audiobooks division at Random House, which was begun at Mr. Schulte's suggestion in 1985, is now the largest in the market.

Mr. Schulte is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Peter; a daughter, Lucy Danzinger; and four grandchildren. He was divorced from his first wife, Sarah Schulte, in 1973.

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