As readers, you should be kept aware of what authors deal with on a regular basis to bring to you our stories in eBooks, print, and audio. Amazon owns Audible, and the latest outrage is outlined by author Suzan Tisdale for your reading enjoyment.
Audible is running its own scam under the guise of a legitimate company. For those of you who are unaware of what is happening, let me break it down for you: authors, once again, are getting screwed over. It’s really that simple.
Audible will no longer offer the Audible Escape subscription as of November 1, 2020, which provided romance fans with access to hours of romance. Of course, the titles will still be available to listeners through Audible subscriptions.
The reason for the change – unknown. I surmise it may be because of Audible Plus, which allows members to listen to anything in the catalog “as much as they want, whenever they want,” which would include romance. The two packages are probably considered rolled into one now.
Okay, love the series or hate the series, I’ll be the first to say it. If it hasn’t happened yet, it probably never will. A small group of fans wishes it to be so, but I don’t see the cast or producers pushing for any second season. It is what it is. A sad and unnecessary ending to a love story that left audiences blubbering tears, stammering mad, and downright depressed for months afterward. It’s time to move on remembering Jane Austen’s words below.
Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Pride and Prejudice
Amazon is at it again. Great for consumers! Terrible royalties for authors. They are launching a new “unlimited subscription.”
No doubt this is going to push up the price of production for audiobooks for everyone, while Amazon pockets more money. I should attempt to get a piece of the pie and buy a few shares of their stock. However, it’s priced at $3,307 for one share as of the close of the market today. Oh, well. If we’d only known how far Amazon would reach to the sky, we could have all retired having purchased stock when it was $18 a share. Who knew?
Anyway, check it out! Follow the link below. You can listen to more books every month if you’re tired of screens and paper for a mere $7.95.
A Glimpse Behind the Veil for Readers
Oh, by the way, the most expensive audiobook that I commissioned cost me $3,000 to produce using a talented narrator who charged $300 per finished hour. That price includes narration for seven-plus hours (for a book approximately 70,000+ words), studio production, and final audio uploaded to Audible. Hmm, do you think I made the investment back? No. Audiobooks are an expensive side for many independent authors. Not all of my books are on audio, only a few, and my return has been minimal.
You may be asking yourself, so what’s the big deal? As a reader, you should be informed on how Amazon works with publishers and independent authors. One of the biggest complaints about their “domination” in the industry is Kindle Unlimited. As an author, if we enroll our books into the KU program, it means that we cannot sell our eBook versions on any other platform as long as we maintain our enrollment. What does that mean? You won’t find our novels on iBooks, Google Play, and Nook due to exclusivity provisions authors must agree to while in KU.
If that wasn’t bad enough to stiffle our sales, while readers pay a flat fee per month to read unlimited books, authors only get paid each time a reader flips a page on their Kindle device. For example, today I had a reader flip 27 pages, which equated to $0.12 in royalties. I can’t even buy a cup of coffee for what I make off of each book in KU.
It is no wonder that complaints are being filed by the industry against Amazon. It’s only a matter of time before their strong-arm tactics of industry domination will be challenged. They are effectively killing off the bookselling industry in many markets. Yes, they are convenient, I give them that much. Nevertheless, do they always have to be the only place we shop? Of course, shame on my for advertising Kindle Unlimited on this website!
Three of publishing’s most important organizations have teamed up to write a letter to the chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating the market power of Big Tech to press their case that, over the last several years, Amazon’s growing dominance over book publishing and bookselling has fundamentally altered the competitive framework of the industry. If Amazon’s power is left unchecked, the letter continues, competition within publishing could diminish even more.
Johanna Lindsey, a romance novelist whose best-selling paperbacks ranged through the centuries, chronicling passionate and independent women in pirate ships, Viking forts, medieval castles, the American West and on a distant planet called Kystran, died Oct. 27 at a hospital in Nashua, N.H. She was 67. She published her first book when she was 25 and sold more than 60 million copies.