Audiobooks: My love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship with Audible

I love audiobooks and they’re an important part of my catalogue and my writing process.

But in Australia, we’re not allowed to sign up with ACX, which is the author-facing back end of Audible. Some people saw this as an opportunity, and offered to set up and manage ACX accounts on our behalf. This is how I got mine. I’ve used the audition process, which is quite good but mostly I’ve uploaded audio I’ve produced off-site. This part is fine.

But when it comes to paying the authors….

ACX/Audible says you get 40% of the cover price when you’re exclusive. I’m not exclusive, so I get 25%.

Ah yes, they determine the price of your audiobooks, so you get 40/25% of a cover price they determine. BUT if someone uses a credit that they get through their subscription, you get less. Much less. Of course almost everyone uses credits.

So if you listen to a book where the cover price is $25, I get less than $1.

On top of that, people “return” books.

All the frikken time. And if they return a book, I get nothing. If they return a book and I haven’t sold a book yet, I owe them money. Audible made some policy changes where they *say* we still get paid if a book is returned more than 7 days after the purchase, but I have proof that’s not actually happening.

*sigh*

ACX promised, years ago, that other countries would get access. Hasn’t happened. Doesn’t look like it will happen. I’m afraid my books will become orphaned when the people I use to manage the account can no longer provide that service.

I’m out of spoons to deal with Audible’s bullshit.

I won’t be listing my new books there.

The books that I have there exclusively will be removed once the contract is up. I will probably re-record them.

You can get my books on my website, where the books are DRM-free. If you like subscriptions, you can use Kobo Plus, Scribd or your local library through the Libby app or whatever they use.

So here is the deal: audiobooks on my site are $9.99. You can listen to them online at Bookfunnel, or use the Bookfunnel app to stream or download and listen off-line. There is no DRM. $9.99 is the price of a monthly subscription at Audible, for which you get one credit. BUT if you use code WEBSITE30, you get 30% off all books except the most recent ones and ones already discounted. You pay $6.99 (cheaper than Audible) and I get most of it, instead of you paying $9.99 and me getting 90 cents and Audible getting everything in between.

My audio books

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