#Audiblegate and why it’s important to all authors

How aware are you of the debacle over Amazon’s ACX payments and contracts, and even if you are, do you appreciate the implications this storm has for ALL authors, and not just for those with audio books?

I became aware and interested because I am intending to launch into audiobook production later this year, and the initial reports almost made me wonder why I would even bother doing so. As a result, I’ve decided to go about it using FINDAWAYVOICES instead of ACX, but as I will still be distributing through Amazon ACX, I am following the situation avidly.

So, why should this interest you if you don’t have audiobooks?

It’s all about the fairness of Amazon’s contracts (across the board), the opacity of their reporting and payment calculations, the often deliberately obstructive nature of their ‘help’ agents (particularly if your account has been blocked without any possibility of appeal), and the uncertainty this entire situation has brought to light about the honesty of the company.

Rather than re-hash the post here, I highly recommend you read the ALLi campaign post and help spread the word: alone, we are nothing compared to a company the size of Amazon: together, we have a voice.

#Audiblegate: ALLi Campaign Update — Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

10 comments

  1. Sigh. I wish Amazon was easier to work with. In some ways they are, in other ways, not so much. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Deborah. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I feel the same about Amazon – so useful but also very tricky and not always honest to deal with 😦

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  2. Unbelievable! 😦 x Shared.

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    1. Sadly too typical of Amazon – they hold all the cards and they like to use them 😦

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  3. Dear Deborah,
    why do you deal directly with Amazon? For me it’s done by my publishers/agents. That is much easier as they do this frequently and you have nothing to do with it. I don’t see it as my author’s duty dealing with Amazon.
    All the best and good luck
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Why do I deal directly with Amazon? Because I get a much larger income from them without middle-men like publishers and agents. I am a hybrid author, with both traditionally published books and self-published books, and the latter bring in a much bigger income.
      Amazon treats everyone the same, whether you are a big publisher or not, so at the end of the day, the author always loses out to them. In your situation you simply don’t notice it happening; I would rather know what’s going on.

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      1. Well, isn’t that wrong calculating? Authors I know who self publish just get a turn over between 10.000 and 20.000 but no author can live on this. With my editor and agents about 250.000 to 500.000 books of each title were sold worldwide. That pays VERY much better. They sell because they get payed by me percentage wise and, of course, they have a better base dealing with Amazon and you don’t need to deal with them.

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      2. Er, sorry, I disagree. Amazon deals with publishers on the same basis, whether companies or individuals, and many of my author friends bring in five figures a month from their sales which would be markedly less if they also paid a publisher and an agent. For me, writing is currently a supplementary income while I still run my own company and I much prefer the 70% I get from Amazon to the 10% I get from my publisher.

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  4. Thanks for this heads-up, Debby. I had no idea and was considering audio next year. All the best for your road trip. ❤ Xxx

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    1. Thanks Jane, I’m rather used to driving from one end of the country to the other nowadays, rather than flying. Just wish it didn’t take so long!
      And I still want to do audio books, but this has thoroughly put me off using Audible as the main producer and outlet – disgraceful behaviour 😦

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