Amazon’s audiobook publishing and retailing branch Audible announced today that its Audiobook Creation Exchange distributed ten times as many audiobooks in 2012 than it did in its first year.
“We are thrilled that our vision for ACX has been embraced and that the system is working,” said Jason Ojalvo, Audible VP Content Creation, in a press release. “It is wonderful to see so many authors (and actors) finding success on ACX, giving new voice to their work and expanding their audience too. The success of the Audiobook Creation Exchange has proven that every audio right has value, and that in 2013 there’s every reason for all authors and rights holders to make sure their books are available in audio.”
The platforms allows authors to access a talent pool of actors to create the audiobook, including the option to audition voice talent for the project, as well as the tools needed to narrate their own projects if so desired. A prestigious collection of publishers are also using ACX to create the audio editions of their titles coming to market, including Random House, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., and Pearson Education; participating rights holders’ representatives include Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Writers House, and Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Similar to the KDP or CreateSpace platforms, authors can earn royalties of up to 90% on titles produced and distributed through the Audible catalog.
Mercy Pilkington is a Senior Editor for Good e-Reader. She is also the CEO and founder of a hybrid publishing and consulting company.