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Amazon lowers royalty rates on Audible ACX-created audiobooks
February 28, 2014 | 5:56 pm

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 changing its “Bounty” audiobook incentive program. The ACX platform serves as a clearing house that matchmakes audiobook rights holders with producers and narrators to create a finished product. Previously, audiobook creators who sold via Amazon received 50% to 90% royalties (depending on number of units sold) if they sold exclusively through Amazon and Audible, or 25...

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Other Celebs Read Classic U.S. Novels for Tom Hanks’ Production Company and Audible
October 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

audibleThat 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 and Gary Goetzman) asked him to voice the story of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. As part of a partnership with Amazon company Audible, a special ‘Playtone Presents’ series of audiobooks, “The American Story as You’ve Never Heard It,” enrolls the help of other notable voices as well;...

Morning Links — Is an Amazon antitrust lawsuit inevitable?
February 21, 2013 | 10:12 am

              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 (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: The Cider House Rules by John Irving (and 3 others)...

Morning Links — DRM, Robotic Librarians and more
January 12, 2013 | 11:48 am

                  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 Aims  To Inspire Young Readers With 'Slam Dunk' (NPR) * * * Watch This: First Trailer for Upcoming Pirate Bay Documentary (The Verge) ...

Does Audible.com $1 bonus offer undermine relationship between authors and publishers?
April 18, 2012 | 11:18 pm

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) Audible.com in which the audiobook store will pay authors who sign up to Audible Author Services $1 per sale out of a $20 million fund, in addition to the normal royalties such audiobook sales offer. The offer is open to any author who has an audiobook available for sale through Audible.com or Audible.co.uk. Apart from the $1 per sale, Audible Author Services itself seems to be mainly a setup to let...

Audible.com Establishes Audible Author Services; Program Includes a Fund to Pay $20 Million Directly to Authors
April 16, 2012 | 10:39 am

New audible horizontal From the press release: Audible.com, 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 marketing and merchandising expertise to help them enhance their audience. For each audiobook sold at Audible.com, Audible.co.uk or iTunes, enrolled authors will receive one dollar directly from Audible, over and above the royalty revenue streams Audible’s fast-growing sales are already generating. Audible will provide each participating author with a suite of quick-start tools, including audio samples and...

Audible launches the Audiobook Creation Exchange
May 12, 2011 | 9:22 am

New audible horizontal V188360181 From the press release: Audible, Inc., today announced the launch of ACX (ACX.com), 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, new or old, to become a professionally produced audiobook. By directly connecting professional authors and other book rights holders with actors, studios, and publishers, ACX serves the tremendous demand for audiobooks created by the growth of the digital audiobook sector.  ACX’s audiobook production platform allows authors and publishers access to the thousands of talented actors and studio professionals who bring books...

Quick Note: Audible audiobooks now available on the Kindle
March 24, 2011 | 5:18 pm

quick note.png 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 Audible.com and transfer the titles to Kindle via USB. Audible offers two free audiobooks with a 30-day free trial of AudibleListener® Gold Membership. To get started, go to theAudible Audiobooks Store to view audiobook titles available for purchase from Audible, read by your favorite celebrities, authors and professional performers. Hear Donald Sutherland breathe life into The Old Man...

Quick Note: Audible for Android released
September 2, 2010 | 9:03 am

quick note.pngAudible 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 here....

Cory Doctorow places DRM-free e-books with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo; Apple and Sony hold out
August 7, 2010 | 11:49 pm

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 experience trying to get Audible to forego restrictive licensing agreements on an audiobook of his novel Makers. They declined to allow him to add a boilerplate to the audiobook explicitly authorizing readers to make fair uses of the work, so he did not publish it through them. This year, Doctorow...

Audible releases iPhone app for audiobooks
July 14, 2010 | 11:45 am

Screen shot 2010-07-14 at 11.41.21 AM.pngThe 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 Store....

Audible launches beta Android app
June 6, 2010 | 8:27 am

Audible_Beta_for_Android.jpegAccording to Gadgetell, Until now, because of the service’s DRM, users haven’t been able to use Audible on Android devices. Audible has finally solved that problem by releasing a beta Android app. The app links to your Audible account and allows you to download and listen to any audiobooks purchased through that account. You don’t have to wait for the full download to complete before listening, though which is a nice touch. If you don’t want to download the audiobooks onto your smartphone, side-loading it also available. The app also features Audible news and trophies. There...