When we started Podiobooks.com back in 2005, most people had never read an ebook, and inexpensive audiobooks were only available on tape. The world of indie publishing has changed drastically (for the better!) in the last 10 years, and it’s worth restating Podiobooks.com original intent:
Free serialized audiobooks distributed in podcast form (that’s the definition of a podiobook) are best used as one aspect of an author’s marketing approach.
We never intended to be a publisher. We always intended to be a distribution service. Today, we’re making that distinction a little more clear by announcing integration with Scribl’s CrowdPricing Everywhere service.
Welcome to the future of audiobook and ebook distribution
Authors who choose Scribl as their publisher and distributor of of their for-sale audiobooks will automatically see their titles listed on Podiobooks.com, Audible, and dozens of other audiobook marketplaces. Authors prepare and load a single set of audio files to Scribl, and they’ll take care of distributing the audiobook… everywhere. Including with us!
As we’ve always done, the Scribl-distributed audiobooks listed on Podiobooks.com will remain free. Scribl’s intelligent distribution system will automatically “serialize” the files we need, with the standard intros and outros listeners have come to expect from episodic content typical to podcasts. And yes, we’ll continue to pass 75% of any donations we receive on the books we distribute on Podiobooks.com.
But perhaps best of all, Scribl’s system is working hard to get you paid on the other marketplaces, managing and monitoring the price, sales, and reviews of the for-sale versions of your audiobooks (and ebooks) on myriad other marketplaces. So while Podiobooks.com lets people discover your work, Scribl provides a path to payment directly on the audiobook marketplaces, making it easy for would-be listeners who’d rather pay for the convenience of a one-click download to do so easily, right to their preferred device or mobile app.
And if that’s not fantastic enough, Scribl’s accounting magic has figured out a way to get you paid at or better royalty rates than going “direct” with any marketplace. You’ll never receive less than 70% on ebook sales, and you’ll make 90% on audiobook sales. What’s not to love?
Ready to go? Head to Scribl.com and get started!
But there is no one right way
Even though we’re stoked about this integration with Scribl, it’s not required. If you’re not looking for help distributing or getting paid for your work, you can still follow the steps outlined in the Submission Guidelines to submit your serialized audiobook to us. We’ll happily add the book to our library of nearly 1000 titles, so long as you can hit the technical marks.
However, we strongly encourage you to look at what Scribl has to offer. The world changed on us in the last 10 years. Scribl’s helping to change it again.