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I think that probably everyone has heard of Audible. They advertise everywhere. Their most recent commercial is a little racy I think. They have a woman listening to some romance novel (apologies if I don’t know which one it is. I don’t read that genre) throughout the course of her day, including while she is at work, and it’s talking about “riding a guy like a horse” and “unbuttoning” things. But, that’s just a side note, because I think it’s funny.
Audible for a Reader:
Audible is amazing. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I’d be a reader. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m an incredibly slow reader. It’s very hard for me to just sit and read and not be doing something else.
I use Audible whenever I drive or take the bus, and sometimes when I’m on break. It lets me devour books quickly, and in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do without it.
If you don’t use Audible, I highly recommend it. I was a nay-sayer about books on tape until my guy talked me into getting one for our cross-country road trip. We got it, and it was great, and I was addicted ever since.
Audible for Authors:
Audible is a place, like Amazon, where really anyone can publish their books (from what I understand). You can either record the book yourself (assuming your equipment and delivery are good), hire someone professional to record it for an hourly rate, or listen to auditions, and find someone who will do the job in exchange for profit sharing.
I think that Audible is a great and growing way to reach readers, which offers affordable, and even free, opportunities to writers, indie or traditional.
If you haven’t tried it, give it a go. They offer a free trial. If you’ve published a book, I say put it up on audio book. Opens up a whole other world of readers. And if you’ve got a good voice, you could make a few bucks recording, maybe. All around, it’s a great site and service.