OH MY GOODNESS OMG OH MY!!! When Chad Musick and Cinnabar Moth Press told me about findawayvoices.com , and how we’d be distributing our audiobooks through them because 1) they offer international distribution 2) they distribute to LIBRARIES! and 3) they get us out from under the amazon/audible monopoly distribution and their [truly abysmal] royalties payments but still put our books on amazon/audible – I was ABSOLUTELY THRILLED. For all 3 reasons!
findaway actually distributes to so many international options that I literally had not heard of most of them, and so didn’t really pay attention to names. And then last week (while languishing with some miserable virus) I heard Hank Green mention Libro.fm on his & John’s podcast, Dear Hank and John when referring to his audiobook use (he apparently really loves audiobooks!) (augh I’d love to record for either of their work; I’d love even MORE to record for their video/audio education company Complexly, oh man would I ever. ‘I believe in what they’re doing,’ doesn’t begin to cover it…). An audiobook business I’d never heard of? Well, I have yet to follow up a recommendation from either of the brothers that I wasn’t impressed with so I went to check it out.
Now, since the pandemic introduced me to bookshop.org – an online book store that helps pay your local book store and keep them in business – I have been posting links and generally ranting and carrying on about them ever since. It never occurred to me that someone had created a business that basically did the same thing (are the 2 associated? probably, come to think of it) for audiobooks! You can do a monthly subscription, just like Audible, OR one at a time! but you are no longer throwing money at the big a/a monopoly and thus are no longer supporting their exploitative business model that ranges from authors & narrators right down to packing warehouses.
Libro.fm is that business. If you’re used to Audible subscription, you can have the same deal; if you want to purchase one audiobook at a time like on Amazon, you can do that. Either way, your money supports your local bookstores and I cannot THINK of a better way to spend your book dollars!!
Needless to say, being me, I went on twitter and generally freaked right the fuck out to all and sundry about libro, am posting all of my twitter audiobook promos with the libro link first and a/a second, and I have updated my website to heavily favor the libro links for each book with a larger font and am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS AAAAAAAAA!!!!
So, that was my fun discovery this past week 😀 And a nice break from feeling miserable in bed!
Gracie & Zeus Live the Dream by Elizabeth Roderick
Not My Ruckus by Chad Musick
Red Shoes by Satyros Phil Brucato (coming soon!)
Valhalla With a Twist of Lethe by Satyros Phil Brucato (coming soon!)
Pads for his Throne and The Rescue by Olli Crusoe
a sample of the distribution options through findaway: