In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway takes a look at how Storytel partners with Spotify.
ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway
In this months self-publishing news podcast, Howard and I recall at a month in which subscription reading bent its muscles. We focus in specific on the launch of Amazons brand-new serial membership platform, Kindle Vella. On tonights #indieauthorchat with Tim Lewis, at 8pm GMT, well be talking with Jessica Bell about covers.
Storytel Audiobooks by means of Spotify
This is one of those huge stories thats been unavoidable for a number of years now. And while Mark Williams and I, and others, have actually both been talking non-stop about the increase of subscription and the possible effects of audiobooks following the music market, doubtless it will still have taken many by surprise.
Spotify intends to be “the singular platform for all audio”
Lets begin with what Spotify has to say about the statement. In the press release, Global Head of Studios Courtney Holt states this:
Its still massive news that Amazon Publishing has signed a deal with the Digital Public Library of America. The deal will permit town libraries to acquire ebooks under a variety of metred use arrangements. Books will be available through the SimplyE app, an aggregator platform established by New York Public Library.
While many hybrid authors published by imprints like Thomas and Mercer will be impacted, this offer does not use to self-published titles in the Kindle Unlimited program. That, of course, is Amazons extremely own lending programme, and I picture they will protect that very closely undoubtedly. So if you want your ebooks in libraries, its still a case of going through a platform that disperses to the Overdrive catalogue.
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Thinking about ways to network, and alternative income streams leads me to this excellent piece by Jane Friedman. Friedman is, of course, among the most brilliant analysts on all aspects of the composing company. And in this piece she takes aim at what you may call (shes far too courteous) the “author revenues” puff piece. She points out on the one hand the over simplicity of such statistics which inevitably do not have granularity and completeness. They also miss out on the fact that an authors earnings visits no means entirely from writing books these days.
” It is Spotifys goal to be the particular platform for all audio: music, podcasts, live discussions, and now through this partnership, audiobooks.”.
Publishers have actually been at war with libraries for a year and a half now. Amazons imprints simply didnt sign agreements to enable library loaning. Most notably, the state of Maryland is pursuing legislation that would approve its libraries the right to any ebooks they desire, regardless of what publishers policy may be.
Recently my piece about self-publishing 3.0 kept in mind that Clubhouse was losing steam after a preliminary bounce. Interestingly today, we were sent news of one specific routine session on the audio networking platform that may be of interest to indie authors. Woman Friday Productions now host a routine “room” on Clubhouse. Since today, there are few book publishing professionals on the platform. Occasions are midday on Thursdays Pacific Standard Time.
As always when it concerns stories about Storytel and subscription, I would extremely advise anybody to read Mark Williams comprehensive account. It offers much of the back story to this present offer.
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That leaves definitely no uncertainty about the extent of the audio giants ambitions. What does this in fact indicate in practice? This means audiobooks will be readily available through Spotify from this year. That implies if your audiobooks are offered through one of Storytels 25 markets to its 1.6 million customers, they will from this year stream that audio through Spotify. Spotify has 158 million customers over 178 markets. They have no strategies at the minute to press Storytel onto that customer base. That “at the minute” is doing a lot of work. This is proof if it were required that when it concerns audio, Audible is a long method from being the only player in the game. And if Amazon is looking for a monopoly similar to the ones it keeps in ebooks and print books, it will have a tougher time. Its not up versus slow to manoeuvre publishers. Its up against tech giants.
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This suggests audiobooks will be readily available through Spotify from this year. That means if your audiobooks are readily available through one of Storytels 25 markets to its 1.6 million customers, they will from this year stream that audio through Spotify. Spotify has 158 million subscribers over 178 markets. Its still huge news that Amazon Publishing has actually signed an offer with the Digital Public Library of America. Remarkably this week, we were sent out news of one particular regular session on the audio networking platform that might be of interest to indie authors.
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