Cross, Colleen. “Audible Royalties Ain’t Royalties.” Audiblegate, February 22, 2021. Investigation by popular author and former forensic accountant Colleen Cross into Audible’s dishonest ‘royalties’ for authors. This piece is part of Fair Deal Authors and Narrators #audiblegate campaign seeking fairer compensation and business practices from ACX/Audible/Amazon.
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“The Harmful Impact of Audible Exclusive Audiobooks – Libro.Fm Audiobooks.” Accessed November 2, 2021. Libro.Fm is an independent audiobook seller that partners with local bookstores to sell DRM free audiobooks and gives authors a fairer deal. They write about Audible’s predatory business practices and how they hurt independent book sellers and libraries in this article.
Resources and Further Reading
Libby: a free library app, get a card from your local library and check out eBooks and audiobooks on your phone/computer.
Libro.Fm: an independent audiobook seller — buy audiobooks here instead of through audible.
Cory Doctorow one of Audible’s earliest and loudest critics on Audible and Digital Rights Management (DRM) — because of DRM you can only listen to audible audiobooks through the audible app, you can’t listen to it in spotify or itunes, you can’t download the mp3 to your computer even though you ostensibly own the book. Doctorow explains more about the history of DRM and how it affects audiobooks.