Posts tagged Audible
Audible’s ‘Stories that Surround You’ Would Surely Persuade You to Read
June 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm
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 year. Unfortunately, even adults no longer care for written stories. A Pew Research study said that nearly a quarter of the American adult population had not even thought of picking up a book in 2014. However, here’s a piece of good news. The number of Americans returning to reading is...
Audible.com offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications
February 14, 2015 | 10:45 am
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 some respect they are only as good as their player—which, sadly, is not all that great. I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It’s something I can do during the parts of my day job that don’t require a lot of brainpower, and it’s fun to hear a good book reading....
Weekend Links: Authors share favorite audiobooks on Audible. Children’s book market growing
December 21, 2014 | 11:17 am
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 and 67% of teens read for pleasure. *** Why I AM Participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2015 (Book Riot) Jessica wrote a great post about not participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I can identify with a lot of what she wrote — feeling the pressure to meet your reading goal, feeling bad about...
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Audible launches beta Android app
June 6, 2010 | 8:27 am
According 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...