Archive for the 'Rants' Category

Ask Podiobooks: Yes, we’ll take any book. Almost

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I get asked this on a frequent basis: Will you accept my book on your site? Short answer: Yes! As long as you hit our technical requirements, we’re happy to host the files for your serialized free audiobook. We’re not in the business of determining quality. We leave that to the listeners. If they like […]

Inside the Podiobook: Things to check before you submit

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 has a single gatekeeper: me. Getting past the gatekeeper (again, that’s me) is pretty simple. Yet I’m constantly amazed at those who don’t pass on their first submission. And I’m even more puzzled by those who grow frustrated with repeated rejections. Had they taken the time to get things right the first time, we […]

RIAA says DRM is dead but it’s still littering audiobooks

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Reports are coming in from several spots that the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has declared DRM is dead. That comment is attributed to Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA and will be part of an upcoming SCMagazine article. The quote came in the form of a question that appears to be rhetorical: […]

Delclaring the listen vs read audiobooks debate officially stupid

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I guess my last rant on the topics of personal preferences in book reading didn’t go far enough. Because if I hear one more person try and correct someone talking about reading an audiobook, I’m going to scream. For the record: Yes, you can read an audiobook. Stating otherwise shows, at best, your ignorance. And […]

Declaring the audiobook vs print book debate officially stupid

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I’m really tired of the “Which is better: listening to an audiobook or reading a book” debate. It’s inane, banal and pointless. It’s requires the creation of a false dichotomy. A mandate that you fall into one side or the other. The assumption that you can’t do… both. And there in lies the idiocy of […]

Potter Piracy — Will Audiobook Publishers See The Opportunity?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

News broke yesterday that a UK man was arrested for selling illegal copies of Harry Potter and other audiobooks. £85,000 worth of illegal copies, to put a finer point on things. In perhaps his only smart move, he plead guilty. And he still got 21 months in the pokey. So that their is no confusion: […]

Support DRM-free sources. And steal this comic

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Every single one of our audiobooks are DRM-free. They are now, and they always will be. Which means we’ll never ask you to be a criminal. Mad props to xkcd.

Fighting perceptions against new media

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Here are two reasons why traditional media producers decry new media: They’ve listened to something “new media” and were underwhelmed by the quality. I’m sure that happens frequently. There are LOTS of bad new media examples out there, so it’s possible. But that doesn’t mean all new media is bad. But it can reinforce the […]

Four reasons why the audiobook industry is broken

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The interwebs are once again spreading the Good News of yet another company (this time an audiobook retailer) eschewing DRM in favor of .mp3 files. And once again, it seems that few of the news sources haven’t bothered to look beyond a press release and actually see if the claim holds up under scrutiny. In […]

11 Commandments of podiobook production

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Well, commandments might be a little strong, but I’ve been called egotistical before… Tips and and Tricks of Success So you want to make a podiobook, either out of your work or out of some Creative Commons material, do you? Excellent. You’ve made a wise choice in embracing the concept that “information wants to be […]