New Audiobook Distribution Service 'Author's Republic' Offers Wide Exposure and New Options for Authors and Publishers
New "Smashwords for audiobooks" service allows authors to sell audiobooks through over a dozen distributors and retailers
19 Nov, 2015, 09:04 ET
TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Audiobooks.com is proud to announce the availability of new audiobook distribution service Author's Republic, an aggregate audio publisher helping to bring independently published audiobooks onto more platforms than ever before.
Coming off of the 2014 release of Recordio, a mobile and web app designed to make audiobook narration more accessible, Author's Republic is the company's next step in supporting the growing industry of independently published audiobooks and making those titles available to consumers.
"With the explosion in self-publishing and the simultaneous growth in the audiobook industry, getting the right tools in place will help both industries grow together," says Sanjay Singhal, Audiobooks.com CEO. "ACX is doing some great work, but there are a lot of issues there that our service was built to address."
Most notable about the new service is the extensive retail and distributor network made available to authors who use it. Author's Republic will submit titles to over a dozen merchants including Audiobooks.com, Audible, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Downpour, and tunein, as well as library providers like Findaway and Overdrive.
"There are a lot of places to sell audiobooks, but until now, there was no easy way for authors to access them," says Singhal. "Services like Smashwords and Draft2Digital have done great things for eBook distribution. Now, Author's Republic is doing the same thing for audiobooks."
The service also offers competitive royalty rates. On most platforms, authors will receive an average of 35% of what their titles are sold for. Authors selling their titles through Audible, iTunes and Amazon will receive 25% of what their book is sold for on those platforms, a rate that matches the royalty rate offered through ACX for titles sold non-exclusively.
Author's Republic will appeal strongly to international authors and publishers who are often excluded from similar distribution services based on regional restrictions. Author's Republic offers a "back-door" for international authors to bring their audiobooks to the sizeable North American market.
Other stand-out features include the ability to set an MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price), easy monthly royalty payments sent through PayPal, and free ISBNs for any audiobooks submitted through the service.
Author's Republic is open and accepting new titles for submission now. To learn more about the service, visit www.authorsrepublic.com.
Audiobooks.com provides the first on-demand streaming and downloadable service for audiobooks, delivering access on any Internet-enabled smartphone or PC, including Apple iPhones and iPads and Android smartphones or tablet devices. The company is the first and only provider of Cloud Bookmarking, its proprietary technology that synchronizes users' last listened-to bookmark position across all devices. Find out more at www.audiobooks.com.
About Author's Republic
Author's Republic is an audiobook distribution service that makes it easy for independent authors and publishers to sell audiobooks through over a dozen retail and distributor partners and earn up to 35% of what their book is sold for. Authors from around the world can submit titles to be sold on Audiobooks.com, Audible, Scribd, and more. Find out more at www.authorsrepublic.com.
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