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Publishing in Audio Via ACX

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Publishing audio books has become much easier with Amazon’s ACX (Amazon Creative Exchange) platform, and as Pandora White, audio publisher at Orion told The Bookseller last year, “Audio is the fastest-growing genre in publishing. In my 20 years in [the industry], I never thought I would say that.”  She added: “There has been a complete revolution when it comes to audio, with younger people listening to audiobooks for the first time, purely because of the gadgets and smartphones we all have.”

So where do you start? Here’s AXC’s blurb:

Rights holders

  • Want to choose the Producer of your audiobook? ACX helps you get auditions and proposals from multiple Producers and choose the right Producer for you.
  • Not sure whether you want to pay your Producer a flat fee or pay your Producer out of revenues received from the sale of your audiobook? ACX lets you do either. You and your Producer can agree to a Pay for Production Fee (a one-time flat fee) or a Royalty Share Deal (in which case your Producer won’t earn money up front, but will instead share in the proceeds from the sale of your audiobook 50-50).
  • Want a higher royalty rate on sales of your audiobook? You can opt for a significantly higher ACX royalty rate by granting Audible exclusive distribution rights to your ACX-produced audiobook. If you want to keep more distribution options open, you can distribute your audiobook through ACX on a nonexclusive basis and receive the standard ACX royalty rate.

Audiobook Producers

  • Choose your rate for narration/production on a book-by-book basis.
  • You can earn a flat fee for your production work for an audiobook (a Pay for Production Deal), or agree to a Royalty Share Deal with the Rights Holder and earn half the royalties from each sale of the audiobook.

But how much does an audio book retail at? The regular price for the product is generally priced based on its length, a rough guide is 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
Three Options For You
Here’s a summary comparison of the three basic payment and distribution options currently available for audio production deals on ACX. Note that this is a summary only. See the ACX Book Posting Agreement and Production Standard Terms for actual terms that apply:

OPTION 1

Royalty Share

with Exclusive Distribution to Audible

OPTION 2 *

Pay For Production (Flat Fee)

with Exclusive Distribution to Audible

OPTION 3 *

Pay For Production (Flat Fee)

with Non-Exclusive Distribution Rights to Audible

Payment to Producer

Choose a Royalty Share deal or a one-time Pay for Production fee.

Royalty payments from Audible are shared equally between Rights Holder and Producer Rights Holder pays Producer a one-time fee for production

Distribution

Grant Audible exclusive or non-exclusive distribution rights. Either way is powerful— our third party distributors get audiobooks in front of buyers.
The difference is this: Royalty rates are higher when distribution is left exclusively to ACX.

ACX exclusive distribution—
through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes** via ACX, as well as wherever else Audible chooses. Under this model, Audible has the exclusive right to distribute the audiobook. If you choose this option, the audiobook cannot be distributed by any entity except ACX in any market or format.
ACX exclusive distribution—
through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes** via ACX, as well as wherever else Audible chooses. Under this model, Audible has the exclusive right to distribute the audiobook.If you choose this option, the audiobook cannot be distributed by any entity except ACX in any market or format.
Non-exclusive distribution—
through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes** via ACX, as well as wherever else Rights Holder chooses. Under this model, Rights Holder can grant distribution rights to parties other than Audible in any market or any format.

Royalty Rate

40% of retail sales split equally between Rights Holder and Producer. In other words, each gets 20% of total retail sales. 40% of retail sales paid to Rights Holder. 25% of retail sales paid to Rights Holder.

Bounty Payment

Earnings can increase with these extra payments.

ACX pays Rights Holder and Producer $50 every time the audiobook is the first audiobook purchased by an AudibleListener™ member on Audible. The $50 payment is split 50-50 between Rights Holder and Producer, amounting to $25 each. See terms. ACX pays Rights Holder $50 every time the audiobook is among the first audiobook purchased by an AudibleListener™ member on Audible. See terms.

Royalty Payment
Frequency

ACX sends a monthly statement and a check or electronic payment to US users(when there’s at least $50 to be paid). Users in the UK receive electronic payments and statements monthly.

Separate payments sent to Rights Holder and to Producer (when there’s at least $50 to be paid). Payments to Rights Holder (when there’s at least $50 to be paid).

Term of Audible Distribution Rights

7 years

Distribution Territory

If you’re a Rights Holder who’s unsure if you have the proper rights to your work, to find out more information click here.

ACX supports Worldwide and ten other distribution territory options. Learn more here.

*Note: If you’re a Rights Holders with an already-finished audiobook that you want to make available for distribution through ACX—or if you want to produce your audiobook independent of ACX and then make it available for distribution through ACX—you can deliver the completed audiobook to Audible through ACX by following the instructions in the Production tab of your ACX title profile. You will still have the option of granting Audible exclusive or non-exclusive distribution rights in the completed audiobook, per the terms of columns two and three in the above chart.

**As of March 2014, Audible has five stores (US, UK, Germany, France, Australia), and iTunes has twenty-three stores (AU, AT, BE, CA, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, JP, LU, MX, NL, NO, NZ, PT, SE, US) that will sell your audiobook.

Worth checking out? Visti ACX for more info! 


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