Is this the next chapter of audiobooks?
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- Could audiobooks be the secret media to reach your kids’ minds?
- 5 Reasons Nonfiction Authors Should Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
- Because I’m not going to read your book like this–but I’ll listen to it.
- Looking for Audiobook Reviews? Audiobook Boom
- Your audiobook playing in a stranger’s living room? Crazy, I know.
- 5 Reasons Nonfiction Authors Should Hire a Professional Narrator for their Audiobooks
- How $14.38 confirmed my future audiobook publishing strategy.
- When the narrator is deeply connected to the author’s material.
- Why my “Every Single Day” book as audiobook is even more exciting than the print or ebook.
- If your book was available on audio, this might have happened to you.
- You read your books out loud for editing anyway, right?
- Free online tool to add meta tags and image tag to MP3 file
- Add Audible book to your purchase for just $1.99
- Possibly the easiest $50 you might never get. Introducing the Audible Bounty.
- One of my goals for my “Audio for Authors” book and course: Short, Sweet, and Done
- Which microphone to get started recording audiobooks?
- My first test with transcription and how this is going to change … everything.
- The Writer’s Guide to Training Your Dragon (Review)
- How’s that audiobook studio coming along? It might be time to get out of the house.
- Is this the next chapter of audiobooks?
- Audio for Authors: What does this teach? What does this solve? What am I giving?
How $0.17 in audiobook royalties reminded me that the future is wide.
I got my monthly royalty statement from Findaway Voices yesterday. In it, I found this:
Otto Radio and then to hibooks which toted the app (and the service) as “The next chapter of audiobooks.”
Here’s a bit from the app’s about page:
With hibooks you never have to worry about book credits again. Just join and start listening to your favorite books.
Terms of our subscription:
Your hibooks membership will automatically renew within a 24-hour period of each term and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings. You may cancel at any time.
– Hibooks membership is $9.99 USD per month for access to over 50,000 premium audio books.
Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on your country of residence.
Any unused portion of a free trial period, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.
Did you catch the part about no credits? In other words, you pay the $9.99 per month and can listen to as many books as you’d like. Of course, you can only listen to the books they have on offer but then comes my point as an author: are your audiobooks everywhere they possibly can be?
Before yesterday, I hadn’t heard of Otto Radio or hibooks. As an audiobook listener, it sounds like a great deal. But as an author, it’s a deal I can’t afford to pass up.
Because $0.17 is great and all, but what if it’s the tip of the iceberg and you’re … floating around at sea.
The Case for Going Wide with Audiobooks
In case you’re wondering how hibooks and Otto Radio are going to take over the world, here’s my take on that.