Recently my colleagues at More Money Review asked me to research and write an article for them about making money from audiobooks.
Although I found this an interesting subject, I don’t have much experience in this field. While researching what was out there, I came across an excellent Kindle e-book which provides a comprehensive introduction to this subject. I found it invaluable in my research, and thought I would therefore take a moment to recommend it on this blog.
Audiobooks for Indies is by Simon Whistler. It covers pretty much everything you would need to know to get started in this field, including the various ways you can convert an existing book or e-book into audio format. And the best news is that it is currently on sale at the rock-bottom price of 99p/99c.
Audiobooks for Indies focuses especially on ACX, the leading audiobook production platform, which is owned by Amazon. One thing I hadn’t fully grasped is that you can get your book turned into an audiobook free of charge on ACX by offering potential narrators a royalty-share arrangement. This can all be negotiated via the ACX website.
Simon’s guide discusses other options as well, however, including hiring a producer for an upfront fee, and doing the job yourself. The latter is perfectly possible. You just need a decent external microphone and some suitable recording software (Simon recommends the free, open-source Audacity software).
Anyway, I enjoyed learning more about audiobook production, and those of you who are premium members of More Money Review can expect to see my article published there soon. In any event, though, I highly recommend Audiobooks for Indies as an ultra-low-cost introductory guide to this subject.
And remember, even if you don’t have a Kindle e-reader yourself, you can download a free app from Amazon that will let you read any Kindle e-book on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. You can also get a free trial of Audible audiobooks from Amazon by clicking here.
* Have you tried creating an audiobook yourself? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Please post any comments below.