If you have a fully finished audiobook and are ready to distribute it then you should check out audiobooks.com's new service.
Launching this week, Author’s Republic enables authors and publishers to distribute audiobooks to several retailers and distributors, including Audible, Findaway, Downpour, and Overdrive, as well as Amazon and iTunes (via Audible) and B&N, Scribd, and TuneIn (via Findaway).
According to the press release, Author's Republic pays 25% of the sale price in Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and 35% of the sale price in other channels.
But that's not actually true. The FAQ more clearly states that AR pays 70% of the net proceeds (a variable amount which is considerably less).
But Audiobooks.com thinks this could still appeal to some authors. From the press release:
Author's Republic will appeal strongly to international authors and publishers who are often excluded from similar distribution services based on regional restrictions. Author's Republic offers a "back-door" for international authors to bring their audiobooks to the sizeable North American market.
Other stand-out features include the ability to set an MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price), easy monthly royalty payments sent through PayPal, and free ISBNs for any audiobooks submitted through the service.
"There are a lot of places to sell audiobooks, but until now, there was no easy way for authors to access them," says Singhal. "Services like Smashwords and Draft2Digital have done great things for eBook distribution. Now, Author's Republic is doing the same thing for audiobooks."
Given that Audible is the majority of the market, this doesn't strike me as really all that useful. If one has the audiobook already, one could simply deal directly with Audible. Or, one could go through ACX to get the audiobook made in the first place by professionals.
But if an author or publisher wants to cover all the bases then this would be a relatively convenient way to do so.
P.S. While we're on the topic, Author's Republic does have a tool which authors can use to produce an audiobook. It's a DIY iOS app called Recordio.
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