historical fiction, Kindle, Reading

Do you know about this Audible bargain?

“Add Audiobook for $1.99” add audible

Audible (recorded) books do not come on tape or compact disc–you listen on your Kindle, phone, or computer. A subscription currently costs $14.95 per month, with the first month free. But many Audible books are available at a small added cost when you buy the Kindle ebook. I think this is also true if you bought it earlier.

If there’s an Audible version, a notice appears at the right of the ebook page.

I checked a number of online forums to make certain you don’t have to be an Audible subscriber to get this special price. For me, this seems like a great deal. Of course the producers and authors don’t get much out of it–my royalty for The Girl on the Mountain audiobook sold this way is less than 50 cents.

Audible edition

Lots of people say they like to listen to the narration as they read. That may be similar to my preference for having English subtitles on video–seeing as well as listening improves the experience. My oldest Kindle has a text to speech feature, but it’s a machine-made robot voice, not the real-person narration you get in an audiobook.

I am not an Audible subscriber, though if I had a long commute every day I’d definitely pay for this kind of entertainment, and I may subscribe someday if my eyes get worse.

Meanwhile, getting a recorded version for $1.99 sounds like a great deal.




Going Wide with Draft 2 Digital…

For three years my ebooks have been available only for Kindle, for the sole reason that Amazon’s promotional opportunities worked well. But there has been one book for which Amazon has not delivered a reading audience– my science fiction (futuristic society) novel Dell Zero.

publishing-logo-ibooksI’ve believed for a while that younger readers might buy ebooks from iTunes rather than from Amazon. With the encouragement of John L Monk, whose Jenkins Cycle novels are now doing well on iTunes, I decided to sever Dell Zero from the restrictions of Kindle’s “Select” program, and place the ebook on several other sites.publishing-logo-kobo

In case you’re not familiar with Select, it’s a voluntary Amazon program that makes an ebook available only for Kindle. Books in the program are granted a few promotional opportunities, and Select books are also available to be borrowed by subscribers to Amazon Prime (Kindle Owners Lending Library) and Kindle Unlimited.publishing-logo-nook

publishing-logo-oysterI started stepping away from Select by exploring the requirements for placing an ebook on iTunes, but quickly learned the
process didn’t seem to be possible from a Windows computer. That’s when I also learned about Draft 2 publishing-logo-scribdDigital (D2D), an “aggregator” which will format your manuscript and send it to half a dozen sales channels. D2D takes a cut of earnings, of course, but the submission process took only a few keystrokes. Most of the sites I didn’t know anything about. So we’ll see what happens. It’s easy to “unpublish” on these sites should I decide later that Amazon Select offers more possibilities.publishing-logo-pf

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