In a previous blog post, I discussed the pros and cons of creating your own audiobook, as well as must less resource-demanding solution. Here, I am going to assume that you have considered the options carefully, and have decided to at least further explore the option of creating a human-narrated audiobook. This post is a "how to" on creating an audiobook, doing it yourself. This document also assumes you have a MAC -- this is the only way I know how to create audiobooks. If you are on a PC, I suggest searching Google for options.
This was an interview conducted by one of our clients, Henry Baum, from http://www.selfpublishingreview.com (SPR) with founder of eBookIt.com, Bo Bennett.
SPR: So what's Ebookit - when did it begin and how have things been going since you started up?
BB: eBookIt.com is a service for authors and publishers to convert their book(s) to popular ebook formats, and distribute their book(s) using the world's leading ebook retailers. We started this business back in October of 2010, with a public launch on January 1, 2011. In just under 10 full months of business we 25 formatters who have manually converted over 1300 books, and have published/distributed over 800 titles in thousands of ebook stores on the Internet, including all the major players such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and many more.
Since age 10, I have been a devourer of books -- mostly in audio format. I like to read, but I love to listen. There is something about the spoken word that works better with my style of learning. And I am not alone. We all have different learning styles, and we all differ in how we like to spend our downtime. Some of us read, some of us watch, and some of us listen. So the question is, as an author or publisher, is it worth your time and money to convert your books into audiobooks?
I received an email this morning from a dejected eBookIt.com customer whose book we completed and submitted to retailers a little over 60 days ago. Here's an excerpt from the customer's message:
"I was in shock not to see one single book sold. I realize that millions of books are on the Internet, but there are millions of people out there."
Although Bo wrote a previous post about how books don't sell themselves,I thought I would share my response to this customer, as I'm sure there are others who will benefit from this information and encouragement. Enjoy!
What is an ebook worth? On the one hand, isn't it just an intangible collection of bits of data that can be duplicated for no cost? Perhaps the price should be very low? On the other hand, is it really the data you are selling or the information that you worked extremely hard to create? Perhaps the price should be high. Or perhaps you are like most authors and just have no flippin' idea.