Dan Holloway reports from the Futurebook conference, and the future belongs to audio. Also, Spotify buys Findaway in a potential audiobook game-changer.
With the rise in streaming services, many authors have visions of their stories tapping in to the books-to-big-screen pipeline. So far, Wattpad has come through on this promise to take stories from young writers and sell them to services such as Netflix. Now, there's another company, called Inkitt, and they just got a new round of investment to make that happen.
We're taking a podcast break during the month of August, so instead we'll bring you what we've covered so far on our 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy. Below are some of the highlights, with links to the full podcasts and transcripts. We'll return in September with new episodes.
Paid newsletters are an increasingly popular way for authors to keep in touch with their readers. Are they for you? The Alliance of Independent Authors' Self-Publishing News podcast looks at new options for monetizing social media content such as Twitter super followers and Tumblr posts. News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy discuss new ways for indie authors to diversify income streams. Also, do Substack's subscription newsletters offer a real opportunity or a distraction?
Today, we will talk about the audiobook partnership between Storytel and Spotify, which should give Amazon's Audible a run for its…