Humble Book Bundle offers Star Wars trilogy radio dramas for $15

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Force is with us. It must be. Why else would the Humble Bundle put out a deal like this now? The latest Humble Book Bundle consists of Star Wars audiobook titles. There are a number of DRM-free audiobooks in the collection, but to be honest I couldn’t tell you what most of them are without [...]

TuneIn offers ad-free radio, sports, and audiobooks for $8 per month

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anyone disappointed by Scribd’s recent decision to pare down its audiobook offerings might have a new solution. CNET reports that streaming radio site TuneIn is adding an $8-per-month subscription option that removes ads from 600 radio stations, adds Major League Baseball and Premier League [...]

Scribd pares audiobook offerings from its subscription service

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Uh-oh, looks like the audiobook fiends have joined the romance novel fiends as an unwanted financial drain on Scribd’s subscription program. The company reports on its blog that it is cutting back its audiobook catalog offerings available to subscribers of its $9/mo service. After thirty days, [...]

Hummingbird Digital Media seeks to compete with Amazon, ‘democratize e-book retailing’

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here comes another Amazon competitor. Shelf Awareness reports that a new startup called Hummingbird Digital Media, founded by American West Books who supplies books to Costco, Sams Club, and other retailers, wants to “democratize e-book retailing.” Exhorting publishers, retailers, and authors [...]

$1.99 add-on Audible audiobooks cause headaches for Amazon authors

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

On The Passive Voice, Passive Guy posted a question about Amazon/Audible audiobook rates and payouts on behalf of his wife, an author herself. She had heard from a friend that their audiobook narrator no longer wanted to work with Audible on a royalty basis because the $1.99 Amazon Whispersync [...]

‘How Do You Find Time to Read?’ and ‘Do Millennials Read E-Books?’: Your responses?

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

So how do you scrape up time for recreational reading? One strategy, of course, is not to watch much TV. But sometimes it isn’t that simple—for example, if you hold a demanding job and must do work-related reading and work-related everything-else. Some readers of Publisher’s [...]

Audible’s ‘Stories that Surround You’ Would Surely Persuade You to Read

By a TeleRead Contributor
June 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Emma Cox Harrowing is the present state of the American reading population. According to a survey conducted by the international Internet-based market research firm YouGov for children’s publisher Scholastic, the number of young American readers who read for fun dropped by almost 10 percent this [...] offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications

By Chris Meadows
February 14, 2015 // 11 Comments

Audible has a great selection of audiobook downloads, and reasonable prices—especially if you buy during one of their frequent sales, using the discount offer for buying them together with certain Kindle e-books, or using one of their monthly credits. But since Audible’s books contain DRM, in [...]

Connor Cochran rebuts Internet troll’s allegations over Conlan Press product delays

By Chris Meadows
December 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Update (9/1/2015): The below story is a little out-of-date at this point, but not quite enough has come to light for a whole new post on the matter, so I’m updating this story for the sake of anyone who stumbles across it in Google. In the months that followed the publication of the original [...]

HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

One of the rallying cries of author advocates and Amazon adversaries alike has been that publishers should start selling their books direct to the public instead of letting middle-man Amazon have so much power. Another rallying cry is that publishers should pay authors bigger royalties. Well, [...]

Zombies, Run! and The Walk cross a pedometer with audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Mobile technology is really bringing about some interesting new forms of gaming, isn’t it? Lately I’ve been experimenting with an Android/iOS smartphone game called “Zombies, Run!” while I play Ingress. I had heard from friends that it was a pretty good game, and after finding out that it [...]

Booktrack announces Series A funding, expansion into education

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Booktrack, the startup company that adds soundtracks to ebooks, has announced its expansion into educational applications, as well as details of its recently completed Series A funding round. For those unfamiliar with the terminology of venture capital, Series A generally designates the first [...]

Humble Bundle about to launch third e-book bundle

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be. It’s going to [...]

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting [...]

Audible changes its royalty payment structure

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

ACX is changing its royalty payments – and not in a good way. ACX is a digital audiobook site owned by Amazon, which has become a place for self-publishers to get their audiobooks onto the market. The company announced the change on its site on Thursday. Previously content creators who sold [...]

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