Yeah, it’s an education, reading more deeply into the ‘zon’s audiobook practices. Not as lucrative as I’d thought, for sure. I was thinking I could price my audiobook as I wish, but no. I was thinking I could opt in or out of “Whispersync” deep discounts for adding audio to my ebooks, but no.
Q. I do not want Whispersync for Voice-enabled on my content. How can I prevent my titles from being enabled for Whispersync for Voice?
A. Whispersync for Voice is a feature Audible proudly offers to customers, and it cannot be disabled. Whispersync for Voice
adds value to a customer’s reading experience and raises awareness for an author’s titles by linking the Audible edition to the Kindle edition blah blah blah corporate bullshit that means you’re going to take a loss on this.
Each retailer of your audiobook independently prices your product and determines such price in their sole discretion.
While not always the case, the regular price on Audible for the product is generally priced based on its length, as follows:
- Under 1 hour: under $7
- 1 – 3 hours: $7 – $10
- 3 – 5 hours: $10 – $20
- 5–10 hours: $15 – $25
- 10–20 hours: $20 – $30
- Over 20 hours: $25 – $35
To be clear, although the above represents general guidelines as retailer of audiobooks sold on Audible, Audible retains the sole discretion to set the price of the audiobooks it sells.
I.E., with an Audible-exclusive contract, Amazon determines the price on Audible/Amazon. So, yeah. That golden dream of $8 on a $20 book? Probably not. Gayroms seem to be priced around $17.95, but since ALTB is around 45k, I’m thinking they might force me down to $15 or so. So yeah, out of my hands…
Additionally, on Audible, consumers can buy your audiobook “a la carte” for the above price, but many Audible customers are AudibleListener™ members who can purchase the audiobook with an Audible “credit” which they get as part of their Audible membership. These credits are generally for about $15 per month. For more about AudibleListener™ membership, please check out the Audible store. Yes, AudibleListener™ members end up paying less per audiobook, but they are voracious audiobook consumers who tend to purchase over 17 audiobooks per year from Audible. This is much higher than other audiobook customers, who generally purchase just one or two books per year.
In other words, you’ll get less $ from purchases made with a monthly Audible credit. Probably N/A on ALTB as it’s probably going to be in the $15 range anyway, but it’ll be a hit on longer books.
SIGH. But, yeah, there’s no alternative, is there…
All the same… IF I can get up a head of steam with audiobooks, well, it’s a new market for old content, right? And all it’s costing me now is time and labor.
I’m thinking Marc and Jesse are going to land at about 60k. I’ve got one backstory scene (obligatory!) but I cut the second one, on how Jesse forms his team. One, to save time TBH as I need a title out NOW to make $$$. Two, it really was going to slow down the pace of what’s supposed to be a thriller/action-adventure book.
The days are getting longer and I’m getting more motivated – the sun has actually appeared here several days in a row, which helps a lot.