Author & Journalist

Prior to founding Audible, Donald Katz was a journalist and author for 20 years; his work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and other prizes.

Don wrote The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears (1987); Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America (1992); and Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World (1994). Don also served as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, and Worth. A two-volume collection of Don’s magazine stories, King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories and Valley of the Fallen and Other Places, was published in 2001.


Home Fires, 1992 & 2014
The Big Store, 1987
Just Do It, 1994
The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories, 2001
The Valley of the Fallen and Other Places, 2001


“The King of the Ferret Leggers,” Outside Magazine, October 1987
“Jack LaLanne is Still An Animal.” Outside Magazine, November 1995
“The Voyeur”, Esquire Magazine, October 1993
“A Journey We Did Not Want to Take,” Worth Magazine, April 1995