There are several platforms available for publishing and distributing audiobooks. The best platform for you will depend on your goals, preferences, and the level of control you want over your audiobook.
Here are some of the top platforms to consider:
- Audible ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange):
- Audible is one of the largest and most well-known audiobook platforms owned by Amazon.
- ACX allows authors to publish audiobooks by connecting them with narrators and producers. You can choose to pay upfront for production or share royalties with the narrator.
- Offers wide distribution through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
- Findaway Voices:
- Findaway Voices offers a similar service to ACX, providing tools for authors to find narrators and produce their audiobooks.
- Findaway Voices also offers distribution to various audiobook retailers, libraries, and subscription services.
- Author’s Republic:
- Author’s Republic is a distribution platform that helps authors publish and distribute audiobooks to a wide range of retailers and libraries, including Audible and Apple.
- Librivox is a volunteer-driven platform that focuses on producing free audiobooks of public domain texts. It’s a great option if your book falls within the public domain.
- Spotify for Podcasters:
- If you’re interested in producing your audiobook as a podcast-style series, you can consider using Spotify for Podcasters to distribute your content to Spotify’s large user base.
- PublishDrive offers a wide range of distribution services for ebooks, print books, and audiobooks, making it convenient for authors who want to distribute across multiple formats.
- iTunes (Apple Books):
- Apple’s iTunes and Apple Books store is another major platform for audiobook distribution, and it’s accessible to a wide audience of Apple device users.
- Google Play Audiobooks:
- If you’re looking to reach Android users, Google Play Audiobooks offers a distribution platform for audiobooks.
- Rakuten Kobo Audiobooks:
- Kobo’s audiobook platform provides distribution to their audiobook store and the Kobo app.
When choosing a platform, consider factors like royalty rates, distribution reach, production options, and any exclusivity requirements. Research each platform’s terms and conditions to find the one that aligns best with your goals and preferences. Additionally, if you’re considering a wide distribution strategy, you might want to publish on multiple platforms to maximize your audiobook’s visibility and potential reach.