It’s your audiobook — you should be able to give it away whenever you’d like. Now you can.

Today we’re excited to reveal Giveaway Codes, a new marketing tool for authors who distribute their audiobooks through Findaway Voices. Giveaway Codes let you offer your audiobook to anyone without making them purchase it from a retailer.

Giveaway Codes are provided free-of-charge, and are available to any authors who distribute their audiobooks through Findaway Voices. The codes are redeemable on the Authors Direct website at authors-direct.com/redeem for US-based recipients only (we plan on expanding soon). Listeners will enjoy your audiobook in the native Authors Direct apps for Android and iOS.

Update October 1, 2018: Giveaway Codes are now available to Canadian listeners too!
When someone redeems a Giveaway Code, they’ll listen to your audiobook in the Authors Direct app, available on iOS and Android.

What exactly are Giveaway Codes?

Giveaway Codes are short and easy-to-type codes made up of random letters and numbers that can be used to access your book for free on Authors Direct. They look something like this: A1B2C3D4.

Every code you receive is specifically linked to your title and is single-use. When you send a Giveaway Code to someone, you should also give them the redemption URL authors-direct.com/redeem so they know where to use it.

How do I get my Giveaway Codes?

If you’re distributing your audiobook through Findaway Voices, you’re already eligible to receive Giveaway Codes for your audiobook (you don’t have to be signed up for Authors Direct). Going forward, all titles will receive 30 codes automatically within a few weeks of when you submit the audiobook for publishing on Findaway Voices.

If you already have an audiobook distributed by Findaway Voices and would like to request Giveaway Codes, find your audiobook in the “Published” tab in your dashboard, and simply click the “Request Giveaway Codes” link. Our team will email you codes (along with instructions for how to use them) within a few days.

How to request Giveaway Codes from the Findaway Voices dashboard.

How should I use Giveaway Codes?

By default, we provide you with 30 Giveaway Codes. You’re free to use them however you’d like, as long as you don’t sell them.

If you aren’t sure how to use the codes, we’d suggest apportioning 10 codes to give to book reviewers (they will disclose to their readers that they are reviewing a free copy), 10 codes to give to your book’s narrator (they likely have a network of fans too), and 10 codes for your network of advanced listeners, beta readers, or editors.

Keep in mind that these codes aren’t meant to be broadcast-advertised, since each is unique and redeemable only once. So you wouldn’t want to read one of these on-air during a podcast, or post it in a Facebook post (unless you wanted to reward only the first person to see the post —everyone else may be frustrated).

What’s Next?

Right now, codes will be given out manually by the Findaway Voices audiobook distribution team. We have plans to integrate the automated delivery of codes directly into your Findaway Voices dashboard, as well as exposing tools to show you which codes have been redeemed and which have yet to be used. We’re excited to give you another valuable tool for marketing your audiobooks.