2022 in Self-publishing: Spotify sells audiobooks, artificial intelligence makes book covers; Amazon changes returns policies.
Audible’s new returns policy fails to satisfy rights holders. Microsoft bring AI-generated art to everyone with Design and Image Creator. Ingram invests in NFT marketplace Book.io.
2021 in self-publishing saw Spotify buy Findaway, the rise of all you can eat subscription, NFTs and digital narration.
New report claims Amazon makes $121bn revenue from its sellers. Youboox Switch allows readers to switch from ebook to audiobook seamlessly.
Audible's expansion of its unlimited subscription model to India while it refuses to accept AI narration has implications for indies. ALLi wins Romantic Novelists' Association's Indie Champion Award.
As you probably know, ALLi has been supporting the Audiblegate campaign run by the valiant and inspiring Susan May, aiming to right the wrongs done by Audible-ACX's user agreements and payment practices. The campaign is making significant in roads, but in order to continue, we're asking for the community's help.
Publishers sue Audible for up to 5 years missing royalties over lack of returns transparency in Audiblegate latest. Frankfurt loses major exhibitors for its in-person book fair while publishers seem to be thriving without the book fair merry-go-round. Only Fans reverses content crackdown raising questions over the relation between platforms and payment partners.
This post marks the first in what will be a series of update post combining the most important news and information as the campaign progresses.
ALLi's Watchdog Desk contrasts ACX and Audible with six rival audiobook distribution services — Author's Republic, Findaway Voices, Kobo Writing Life, Lantern, PublishDrive, and Soundwise — to explore options for authors who wish to reach a wider audience beyond Amazon's walls.
Twitter's new super followers offers newsletters and other revenue opportunities. Overdrive CEO looks at future of ebook lending.
This is the fourth in a series of posts about the campaign known to self-publishing authors as #AudibleGate. ALLi would like to extend thanks to Colleen Cross for this post and for her work with the Fair Deal for Rights Holders and Narrators pressure group. Colleen’s first post provided useful background information that sets the context for the second more detailed post about one particular earnings category read that here. Today we're looking at whether or not you should sell your audiobook rights.
Today, we're going to talk about Findaway Voices, an audiobook service that's an alternative to Audible, which is causing headaches for indie authors after the Audiblegate controversy. We'll also talk about something called social reading. And we'll look back on the legacy of Jeff Bezos at Amazon.