Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And the beat goes on...

So it seems that there is still the ongoing battle of Amazon vs Hachette.  Not sure how author's sales are being affected, but I'm sure they'd rather this drama was over with.

Along the same lines I ran into this article the other day (I've been slacking on post lately!) and thought it was interesting.  The synopsis: Cory Doctorow, an author and long time advocate against DRM thinks that audiobooks will be the next big dust up.

: just wait for the Audiobook Wars

None of my books are available in audiobook format.  There are a few reasons for this:

- I'm not a huge audiobook person so no personal interest (to date) in getting that edition made.

- I haven't researched associated cost, but I can imagine that it's somewhat expensive, especially compared to the physical book and ebook publishing cost.

- It seems that ebooks are a very small percentage of overall sales in the book market.  Most of my sales are via ebooks.  Here is an article back in June that shows difference between ebook and audiobook sales (second chart)

Book revenues are up.

Now with all that said, I'm not opposed to having any of my titles in audiobook format.  And from a choice perspective, it gives the reader yet another format to choose from.  So why not?  While it's not a priority for me now, I'm sure I'll put some research into it in the not-too-distant future.

Who among you enjoy audiobooks?  Is it your primary format of choice or dependent on circumstances?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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