$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 [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Links: Authors share favorite audiobooks on Audible. Children’s book market growing

By Joanna Cabot
December 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Children’s Book Market Has Grown 44% in the Last Decade (GoodeReader) Nielsen hosted the first annual Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan and produced research for over a four year period.  They produced research that the children’s book market has increased 44% in the last decade [...]

Amazon lowers royalty rates on Audible ACX-created audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
February 28, 2014 // 4 Comments

Troubling news out of Amazon. GigaOm’s Laura Hazard Owen reports that Amazon’s Audible audiobook platform, which launched audiobook self-publishing in 2011, has announced it is now lowering the royalties it pays on audiobooks created through its “ACX” audiobook creation platform, as well as [...]

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Other Celebs Read Classic U.S. Novels for Tom Hanks’ Production Company and Audible

By Matthew Marchesano
October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

That guy from Breaking Bad is all the rage these days. Aside from being a brilliant meth chef/dealer on television, Bryan Cranston has got a dynamite speaking voice — though you probably already knew that. It’s not surprising then, to hear that the folks over at Playtone (powered by Tom Hanks [...]

Morning Links — Is an Amazon antitrust lawsuit inevitable?

By libertyc
February 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

              Pearson Launches New Incubator Company for Startup Companies (Good e-Reader) Amazon’s Price Parity Clause Attracts Attention of German Antitrust Regulator (GigaOM) Audible Users Get an iPad App (Galley Cat) Random-Penguin & Libraries [...]

Morning Links — DRM, Robotic Librarians and more

By Dan Eldridge
January 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

                  Is This the Most Amazing Library in the World? (Flavorwire) Don’t hold your breath waiting for Amazon to give you Kindle copies of your books (Paid Content) An Open Letter to Audible and Amazon: Stop the DRM (ZDNet) NBA Star [...]

Does $1 bonus offer undermine relationship between authors and publishers?

By libertyc
April 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

E-books aren’t the only form of tech-related books whose business models are seeing technological disruption lately. The Bookseller has a report on a controversial initiative offered by (Amazon-owned) in which the audiobook store will pay authors who sign up to Audible Author Services [...] Establishes Audible Author Services; Program Includes a Fund to Pay $20 Million Directly to Authors

By Paul Biba
April 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release:, the world’s largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment, announced yesterday that it has established a $20 million fund for authors. Authors who sign up to participate in the Audible Author Services program will gain access to Audible’s [...]

Audible launches the Audiobook Creation Exchange

By libertyc
May 12, 2011 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Audible, Inc., today announced the launch of ACX (, a dynamic online audiobook rights marketplace, audiobook production platform and online sales system. The Audiobook Creation Exchange is a groundbreaking innovation that will allow any professionally published book, [...]

Quick Note: Audible audiobooks now available on the Kindle

By libertyc
March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the official Kindle Daily Post: Now hear this! We’re thrilled to announce that more than 50,000 Audible Audiobooks are available for download on the latest Kindle via Wi-Fi delivery. Of course, owners of any Kindle device can continue to purchase Audible audiobooks from and [...]

Quick Note: Audible for Android released

By libertyc
September 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Audible is now available in the Android Market. It features chapter navigation, bookmarking, sleep mode and button free mode. It will support wireless transfer from My Library to your android phone. More info [...]

Cory Doctorow places DRM-free e-books with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo; Apple and Sony hold out

By libertyc
August 7, 2010 // 11 Comments

Cory Doctorow has a column in Publishers Weekly expounding on what he calls “Doctorow’s First Law”: "Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you a key, they’re not doing it for your benefit." In the column, Doctorow reiterates his [...]

Audible releases iPhone app for audiobooks

By libertyc
July 14, 2010 // 2 Comments

The Audible iPhone app is now available and it’s free. It’s a native iOS 4 app so it can multitask. It includes WiFi delivery of audiobooks, listening stats and other features. You can find it at the App [...]

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