Your Audiobook on Apple Books
Findaway Voices is now the easiest and best way to get your audiobook for sale on Apple Books. Learn more about what's new.
Findaway Voices is now the easiest and best way to get your audiobook for sale on Apple Books.
Starting today, Findaway Voices is delivering your audiobooks directly to Apple Books. We're excited and proud to be offering this exciting change to our author offerings and making it easy to be part of the Apple Books audiobook catalog.
If you want to sell your audiobook on Apple Books, upload it to Findaway Voices today. Findaway Voices is the easiest and best way to distribute your audiobook to Apple Books.
If you want to sell your audiobook on Apple Books, upload it to Findaway Voices today.
This is fantastic news for authors wanting to increase their revenue on every audiobook sale on Apple Books. Why? When you deliver your audiobook to Apple Books through Findaway Voices, you set your list price and earn 45% of that list price for every sale.
Previously, authors were earning 25% royalties on non-exclusive audiobooks, or 40% for exclusive audiobooks, with no control of their list price. Now there’s a single royalty rate for everyone — with no exclusivity commitments.
When you deliver your audiobook to Apple Books through Findaway Voices, you set your list price and earn a 45% royalty on every sale… with no exclusivity commitments.
What does this change mean to you specifically? Here are some details, played out by scenario:
“I have an audiobook submitted directly through ACX, under an exclusive agreement.”
If your audiobook is in an exclusivity agreement with ACX, your audiobook is still for sale on Apple Books at the 40% royalty rate.
As long as you own your rights, or paid upfront for your audiobook production, you may request moving from exclusive to non-exclusive terms after one year. Once that happens, you may sell your audiobook anywhere and everywhere. Bring your audiobook to Findaway Voices to start earning a 45% royalty on sales at Apple Books, as well as reaching dozens of other retailers, subscription services, and library systems around the world.
As long as you own your rights or paid upfront for a production through ACX, you may request moving from exclusive to non-exclusive terms after one year.
If your project was created with a Royalty Share deal, you must wait for the 7-year term to expire before requesting the move to non-exclusive terms (we recommend setting a calendar reminder).
“I have an audiobook submitted directly through ACX, under a non-exclusive agreement.”
If you distribute your audiobook directly through ACX non-exclusively, your audiobook is still being sold by Apple Books at the 25% royalty rate.
Since your audiobook is non-exclusive, there are no restrictions to where else you’re allowed to sell your audiobook. You may upload your audiobook to Findaway Voices to reach Apple Books at the 45% royalty rate, along with many other audiobook retailers.
“I already use Findaway Voices to reach Audible and Apple.”
If you distribute through Findaway Voices, your Apple sales were previously making royalties at the 25% non-exclusive ACX rate. Now that we’re delivering audiobooks directly to Apple Books, we’ve automatically moved your title over to direct distribution and provided Apple Books with your already-set retail list price. Starting today, you will earn a 45% royalty on your Apple Books sales.
No action is necessary for existing Findaway Voices customers to take advantage of this new royalty rate—we've taken care of everything. There was also no interruption or downtime when your title wasn’t available to customers searching for it on Apple Books (in fact, your audiobook may show up twice for a short period while everything is launching).
“I use Findaway Voices for distribution everywhere else, but I uploaded my audiobook to ACX myself to reach Audible and Apple.”
In this case, we know your title was already reaching Apple Books through your ACX agreement, and we also know that your audiobook isn’t signed into any exclusivity agreements (since you use us for other distribution). Because of this, we’ve made sure this transition is seamless for you. Today, your audiobook is available on Apple through Findaway Voices. Royalties will take over at the new 45% rate and will be reported with all your other sales through Findaway Voices.
“I don’t have an audiobook.”
There’s never been a better time to get started. There are more options for selling your audiobook than ever before, and audiobooks are getting an unprecedented amount of attention from consumers and the media. Start a new project with Findaway Voices today and let our casting team get to work recommending great narrators for your audiobook. Learn more and get started at findawayvoices.com.
If for any reason you don’t want your audiobook sent to Apple from Findaway Voices, you may opt out at any time—you are not committed to any minimum distribution terms. You may edit your audiobook’s distribution settings on the Findaway Voices website and republish the changes. Or contact our distribution team and we’ll help you out.
A Special Moment for Audiobooks
Let’s take a moment to reflect—this is a special moment.
The past 12 months have shown incredible growth for audiobooks and provided self-published authors with an unprecedented amount of new opportunities. A year ago, Google wasn’t selling audiobooks. Walmart wasn’t selling audiobooks. Kobo had just launched audiobooks. Otto Radio (now hibooks), Beek, and Instaread hadn’t launched audiobooks yet.
Exclusivity meant something different a few years ago. The audiobook market continues to grow and evolve at a breakneck pace. And with the market’s evolution, the winning strategy keeps evolving too. Audible is big, but going exclusive with any single platform and missing out on every other opportunity is an increasingly expensive move.
Going wide is looking better and better every day.
We’ve always believed in the power of wide distribution. Just look at what’s happened in the past year… what will the audiobook market look like in another 7 years?