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  1. 5 out of 5

    The Behrg

    Overall impression: Quick and easy read but light on content. This is a very BASIC "how-to" guide about Amazon's ACX program and the options for creating audiobooks. It's one of those non-fiction books with a lot of white space to inflate page count, summaries at the end of 3-5 page chapters, and repetitive information that is word-for-word copied multiple times. Anyone who's spent 2 minutes on youtube or ACX.com itself can find the same (or better) information (in fact, the author suggests you g Overall impression: Quick and easy read but light on content. This is a very BASIC "how-to" guide about Amazon's ACX program and the options for creating audiobooks. It's one of those non-fiction books with a lot of white space to inflate page count, summaries at the end of 3-5 page chapters, and repetitive information that is word-for-word copied multiple times. Anyone who's spent 2 minutes on youtube or ACX.com itself can find the same (or better) information (in fact, the author suggests you go to youtube and search for tutorials ... why did I buy this book again?) Was hoping for more in-depth content. I don't typically leave negative reviews but I felt this was a gimmick more than a helpful resource.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    Fantastic book if you want to expand into audiobooks as an author or narrator.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margarita Morris

    This is an excellent guide for anyone thinking about producing an audiobook of their work. Simon Whistler takes the reader through all the options step-by-step in a clear, engaging style. He gives good advice, always pointing out the pitfalls where there are any and using real-life case studies to illustrate his examples. The book is thorough, well laid-out and, with the table of contents, would be easy to refer back to as a reference guide. There are also lots of handy links to websites for any This is an excellent guide for anyone thinking about producing an audiobook of their work. Simon Whistler takes the reader through all the options step-by-step in a clear, engaging style. He gives good advice, always pointing out the pitfalls where there are any and using real-life case studies to illustrate his examples. The book is thorough, well laid-out and, with the table of contents, would be easy to refer back to as a reference guide. There are also lots of handy links to websites for anyone requiring further information on a topic, and a comprehensive appendix at the back. This is a must-read for anyone thinking about going down the audio route. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Killian McRae

    An excellent guide for Indie Authors to get a crash course in audiobook production, whether that's for the purposes of knowing the process when handing it off to someone else to do, or if they intend to produce one on their own. An excellent reference book on the subject.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate M. Colby

    For the sake of full disclosure, I need to say that I received an advanced reader copy of Audiobooks for Indies for being a listener of The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. A review was not a condition of receiving the ARC, but it was requested as a favor. In all honesty, even if I had purchased this book, it would have been worth every cent. Audiobooks for Indies by Simon Whistler will soon become the definitive go-to guide for independently published authors looking to expand their streams of i For the sake of full disclosure, I need to say that I received an advanced reader copy of Audiobooks for Indies for being a listener of The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. A review was not a condition of receiving the ARC, but it was requested as a favor. In all honesty, even if I had purchased this book, it would have been worth every cent. Audiobooks for Indies by Simon Whistler will soon become the definitive go-to guide for independently published authors looking to expand their streams of income by breaking into the audiobook market. Whistler’s guide is comprehensive and clear, and his instructions and advice are easily implemented. Whistler covers nearly every aspect of audiobook creation and his guide truly helps the reader which production methods (if any) to pursue with his/her novel(s). The core content of Audiobooks for Indies revolves around the various audiobook production methods. Whistler fully explains how to execute each method, provides multiple pros and cons of each method, and even gives a case study detailing why another author chose this method and how it worked for him/her. The chapters are to-the-point but still packed with information, and they empower the reader to choose which (if any) method to implement. Besides how to produce an audiobook, Audiobooks for Indies also explores why and when to pursue audiobook production. Whistler pulls no punches: he gives an honest opinion on when creating an audiobook will be profitable and worthwhile, yet he remains optimistic to his reader. Likewise, Whistler outlines several options for what to do after the audiobook goes on sale, listing several audiobook-specific marketing strategies and giving honest feedback on how well the reader can expect them to work. Perhaps the most helpful parts of Audiobooks for Indies are in the details. Whistler begins and ends the book with definitions of important industry terms used throughout the text. This is a huge asset for any individual who is not experienced in audiobook creation and its retailers. Additionally, throughout the text, Whistler directs the reader to resources that he has created. These include tutorials on how to create the best recording space, a detailed spreadsheet for calculating the financial costs/benefits of creating an audiobook, among others. In short, Whistler does everything possible to educate his reader on the basics terminology and functioning of the audiobook industry and then expands this into more in-depth material that the reader can customize to his/her own needs. Personally, I only knew the most basic information about producing audiobooks (gleaned from The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast which Whistler runs), but after reading this book, I feel fully confident in my ability to make an intelligent decision regarding when and how I will create an audiobook and what I will do with it afterwards. I even feel like Whistler gave me enough technical knowledge that I could narrate my own books (but I also know enough about myself to know that I will not). My only critique of the entire book is that I wish Whistler would have expanded on the areas he deemed “outside the scope” of the book. If you are looking for a guide to tell you when, how, and why to create an audiobook, Audiobooks for Indies by Simon Whistler is worth a read. It is the best audiobook production guide that I know of to-date, and it is only a matter of time before it is held up alongside other indie guides as a “must-have” book for all independent publishers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meg Cowley

    Audiobooks For Indies was a fantastic read! I now know so much more than I could have ever thought about creating audiobooks, all from this one source. I could not recommend a more thorough, interesting and superbly constructed book for indie authors to read. It's separated into sections based on the main areas of creating audiobooks, which seem to comprehensively cover any aspect you might consider, from how to create audiobooks in terms of technology and working with others (or just yourself!), Audiobooks For Indies was a fantastic read! I now know so much more than I could have ever thought about creating audiobooks, all from this one source. I could not recommend a more thorough, interesting and superbly constructed book for indie authors to read. It's separated into sections based on the main areas of creating audiobooks, which seem to comprehensively cover any aspect you might consider, from how to create audiobooks in terms of technology and working with others (or just yourself!), to financing them/rights, to the sales platforms available, marketing and finances. Simon illustrates with case studies throughout, a great insight into how real indies have used the various options out there. He identifies how indies can work with other profesionals, splitting royalties or giving upfront payments to one or more narrators, or even a studio. He gives specific examples where authors have chosen various financial deals, which validate why choosing and particularly knowing about all the options is so important. In contrast to identifying how to work with others, Simon also identifies how to DIY it all from start to finish. This part was great! Specific equipment is named and linked to, so it really could not be easier to start up yourself, even down to fine details like where to record effectively and how to use the various software options available to maximum effect. (Really looking forward to getting stuck into making DIY audiobooks as a result!) In fact, there's links throughout to ensure the reader is never left wanting more! These are easy to navigate from within the book, read/view/etc and then hop right back into the text without losing your place. Superbly constructed. The book is packed with information - its full of relevant, key information and stats, that always serve a purpose and are not gratuitous. As such, because I was interested in learning about audiobooks for indies, it wasn't dry and I never felt like putting it down. Others might find that a negative point and become bogged down with facts and figures, but for me it only served to add depth to the writing. Simon also addresses the issue of whether you *should* create an audiobook. They seem by all measures a fantastic opportunity, but Simon raises the very valuable point that this doesn't mean every book should be made into audio. Certainly genre and content need to factor into that decision, but also timing. Is your book a good audiobook opportunity? If so, now or later? Objectivity was a great aspect of the book. Though Simon is very much pro-audio, he does provide comprehensive coverage of all options available, including limitations, which gives the book brilliant balance. Each chapter is also summed up with key points. This means that everything is concluded neatly and succinctly, and when flicking through the book, gives an overview thats useful to dip in and out of any parts you want to re-read (and you will want to re-read it!) Overall, I really can't recommend it highly enough. I cannot wait to try it for myself (but not yet, as thanks to Simon I now know that now isn't the right time!). Thanks to Simon and all who contributed to the case studies! (Disclaimer - I was supplied with a free copy in exchange for an honest review).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Adams

    I've been considering bringing some of my books to the audio book marketing and I'm glad I read this before I did. It’s opened my eyes that there’s a lot more to audiobooks than signing up for ACX, clicking a few times and letting the sales begin. As a process it’s easy, but where this book is invaluable is that it highlights the business strategy behind why you should, or should not, produce an audiobook. "Audiobooks for Indies" is written so it can serve two purposes: as an overall introduction I've been considering bringing some of my books to the audio book marketing and I'm glad I read this before I did. It’s opened my eyes that there’s a lot more to audiobooks than signing up for ACX, clicking a few times and letting the sales begin. As a process it’s easy, but where this book is invaluable is that it highlights the business strategy behind why you should, or should not, produce an audiobook. "Audiobooks for Indies" is written so it can serve two purposes: as an overall introduction for people new to the idea of audiobook production and as a reference you can return to anytime you need to know more, or have a question, about a particular part of the process. As a newbie, the upfront chapters were packed with much needed information, especially the “Should I Create an Audiobook Chapter?” along with a breakdown of the ACX options for royalty share and paying upfront for production. Whistler packs these chapters with not only his own experience (he voices and produces books himself), but also with authors who have used the various methods to produce audiobooks. There are also links to helpful websites and documents. I loved some of the Excel worksheets that can help you figure out if you’re making the right investment. The marketing and finance sections, as well as how to work with the narrator will be sections I return to when I take the plunge. While the entire book was informative, some of it didn’t apply to me right now (and may not ever) with topics like audio theatre (usually multiple narrators with sounds effects and music), voicing my own recording (I doubt anyone needs to hear that), and using multiple narrators (so each character has a voice). This was all still good stuff to know. The timing of this book was spot on for me, giving me the information I needed to make an informed decision (which, for now, is actually not to plunge into the audiobook market). I’ll keep an eye on how the market, and my own author platform, evolves in the coming months and will re-evalaute form time-to-time. I’m sure I’ll be returning to this book for advice when I do.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ronn

    Finally, a book that covers audiobook production. I've been looking for a book like this for a while but haven't been able to find a good one. Simon Whistler is an experienced narrator and he provides a breakdown of ACX, the narration process, and DIY audiobook production that is logical and easy to follow. Simon is an accomplished audiobook narrator, and I've been listening to his show, the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast for quite a while. He's definitely an expert in this area. The second half Finally, a book that covers audiobook production. I've been looking for a book like this for a while but haven't been able to find a good one. Simon Whistler is an experienced narrator and he provides a breakdown of ACX, the narration process, and DIY audiobook production that is logical and easy to follow. Simon is an accomplished audiobook narrator, and I've been listening to his show, the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast for quite a while. He's definitely an expert in this area. The second half of the book was the most useful for me. Simon's coverage of Audacity and the technical aspects of audiobook production was excellent, and I've never seen it covered quite like this. It's simple, easy to follow, and he gives plenty of links to videos to help with some of the more difficult aspects of the process like mastering and compression. What I like is that he doesn't get bogged down in the details. He explains things in easy-to-understand language and gives you what you need to learn more on your own. These sections were well-written and worth the price of the book alone. While I thought that the book started off a bit repetitive, and I didn't necessarily care for the different types of audio production (such as multiple narrators or audio theater), it was at least interesting to see different perspectives. I received this book as an ARC from the author, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to have read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    S.B. James

    I received an ARC of this book so that I might read and review it. This was an extremely helpful book for me! I was actually looking forward to reading this book at some point anyway, since I knew that the author's podcasts have always been helpful. If someone is ever thinking of doing audiobook versions of their indie books, this is the book to read! The author goes over a lot of topics, without going so mind numbingly in-depth that you have to put it down because you're feeling overwhelmed. The I received an ARC of this book so that I might read and review it. This was an extremely helpful book for me! I was actually looking forward to reading this book at some point anyway, since I knew that the author's podcasts have always been helpful. If someone is ever thinking of doing audiobook versions of their indie books, this is the book to read! The author goes over a lot of topics, without going so mind numbingly in-depth that you have to put it down because you're feeling overwhelmed. The way this book was written, it made me think that all of the various methods of getting your book made into an audiobook are do-able. Even narrating it yourself is possible, thanks to some software and some simple hacks you can make to a room to shut noise out as much as possible. The author even guides you insofar as whether your book would even make a good audiobook or not. Some of the reasons are pretty obvious, but some are a bit more subtle. Needless to say, an indie author needs to put some thought into why they want to make their book into an audiobook and whether it's a good idea or not, since it's a time as well as a monetary investment in many circumstances. I would say this is one of the most valuable parts of the book. All in all, this book is a sensible guide that belongs in any indie author's book collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Bruns

    A few months ago, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a former business colleague asking how my writing career was going. He wanted to know when I was planning to release the audio version of my book. He explained that he doesn’t read much anymore, but spends more than two hours a day in his car commuting, so he listens to audiobooks. I’ve never listened to an audiobook. Ever. But maybe it’s time I started. When Simon Whistler, voice actor and owner of the indie champion website Rocking Self-Publi A few months ago, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a former business colleague asking how my writing career was going. He wanted to know when I was planning to release the audio version of my book. He explained that he doesn’t read much anymore, but spends more than two hours a day in his car commuting, so he listens to audiobooks. I’ve never listened to an audiobook. Ever. But maybe it’s time I started. When Simon Whistler, voice actor and owner of the indie champion website Rocking Self-Publishing, offered an ARC of his new book Audiobooks for Indies, I jumped at the chance. It was a perfect place for me to start my audiobook exploration. Simon assumes you know nothing about audiobooks (a good assumption, in my case) and walks you through the steps of: Is an audiobook a good business decision for your novel? How do you find a narrator? What are the commercial options for your audiobook? What should you expect from a narrator and vice-versa? Can you do it yourself? Should you? Selling audio rights Nothing drives a point home better than telling a story, so Simon uses case studies to illustrate the essential learning in each chapter. All in all, a fantastic resource for the audiobook newbie. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Blaine Moore

    I read an early version of this book, and then re-read the new edition of the book after it came out. This is an excellent guide for somebody looking to get their books up for sale for audiobooks using ACX. There is enough detail and plenty of information in the book for navigating the ACX system and hiring a narrator for your book; if you decide that you are going to record your own audiobooks then this book will provide a primer and an idea of what you are in for, but you will probably want to I read an early version of this book, and then re-read the new edition of the book after it came out. This is an excellent guide for somebody looking to get their books up for sale for audiobooks using ACX. There is enough detail and plenty of information in the book for navigating the ACX system and hiring a narrator for your book; if you decide that you are going to record your own audiobooks then this book will provide a primer and an idea of what you are in for, but you will probably want to look for more detail elsewhere after practicing your craft a bit. I enjoyed the frequent case studies that provided good examples for the different methods of producing your audiobooks, and there are quite a few links to outside resources that can be used for more information or that are better described through video. Well worth a read if you are thinking of dabbling in audiobooks.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Good advice, both theoretical and practical, for indies who want to get into the audiobook market. It was repetitive in places, but overall was a great primer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Señor

    This is a book by an audiobook narrator who assembled all his experience into easily digestible chapters. He even ADS in thoughtful pieces of other authors. How much better does it get? As great as all those real life examples from different people are, the best part is the one on how to do an audiobook yourself. And that part is not only based on the author's own experiences but the most intensive one as well. Some fine nuggets of wisdom about hardware, software and all required setup can be fou This is a book by an audiobook narrator who assembled all his experience into easily digestible chapters. He even ADS in thoughtful pieces of other authors. How much better does it get? As great as all those real life examples from different people are, the best part is the one on how to do an audiobook yourself. And that part is not only based on the author's own experiences but the most intensive one as well. Some fine nuggets of wisdom about hardware, software and all required setup can be found in there. On top, he even says when it's better NOT to create an audiobook. That alone can be worth picking up this book. Recommended. Clearly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sonny Hill

    Wonderfully informative! I listen to all of Simon's podcasts and I always finish a lot smarter than before I listened. Reading this book takes that to a whole new level. I knew next to nothing prior to reading it, but now I'm informed enough for basic decisions and to make intelligent inquiries to those who are experts in the field of facilitating the production of audio books. This book is full of outstanding information that is presented in a way that doesn't overwhelm you. Bravo, Simon! You've Wonderfully informative! I listen to all of Simon's podcasts and I always finish a lot smarter than before I listened. Reading this book takes that to a whole new level. I knew next to nothing prior to reading it, but now I'm informed enough for basic decisions and to make intelligent inquiries to those who are experts in the field of facilitating the production of audio books. This book is full of outstanding information that is presented in a way that doesn't overwhelm you. Bravo, Simon! You've done it again! Eric M. Hill Author of Christian Spiritual Warfare Novels

  15. 5 out of 5

    Doug Solter

    This is a great book for writers who are interested in all aspects of producing Audiobooks through Amazon's service ACX. Simon is thorough on explaining many aspects of audiobook production and explores the different choices authors have. He takes you through how to find the best narrator for your book and how to effectively evaluate him or her. If you want to turn your book into an audiobook using ACX, I highly recommend this book as a starting point towards understanding this exciting new mark This is a great book for writers who are interested in all aspects of producing Audiobooks through Amazon's service ACX. Simon is thorough on explaining many aspects of audiobook production and explores the different choices authors have. He takes you through how to find the best narrator for your book and how to effectively evaluate him or her. If you want to turn your book into an audiobook using ACX, I highly recommend this book as a starting point towards understanding this exciting new market for authors.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin Hartshorn

    I've been considering audiobooks as an additional income stream for more than a year, and Simon Whistler's book was just what I needed: a clear, concise guide to all the different ways to turn a book into an audiobook, with the pros and cons of each. Everything is well laid out with examples and specifics. Now, I know audiobooks are not something I should be trying to do for the next couple of years. When I think I'm ready, I'll definitely be looking for the latest version of Whistler's book to I've been considering audiobooks as an additional income stream for more than a year, and Simon Whistler's book was just what I needed: a clear, concise guide to all the different ways to turn a book into an audiobook, with the pros and cons of each. Everything is well laid out with examples and specifics. Now, I know audiobooks are not something I should be trying to do for the next couple of years. When I think I'm ready, I'll definitely be looking for the latest version of Whistler's book to get the scoop and decide which path will be best for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Val O. Morris

    As this will be a new venture for me soon, I value any advice from the pros I can find. Audiobooks for Indies is an excellent source for such advice. Concise yet bursting at the seams with useful info. The author even included the (current) steps required for listing your book on ACX's site. He really makes things stupid-proof, and I also appreciated the case studies from other authors/narrators. 

  18. 5 out of 5

    Larry Fogel

    Definitely the best guide for making audiobooks - actually, one of the ONLY ones. Look no further. Excellent introduction for writers who are interested in finding out all they need to know to get started on making their book into an audiobook. And then it's a good handbook to keep referring to afterwards. A lot of easy to follow instructions, warnings, shortcuts, and advice. (And as an Indi-musician who has home-recorded and mastered two CD's, I still learned a lot from this guide!)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Suarezserna

    I'm glad I read this book before I began recording my first audiobook, it gave me the feeling of knowing what I'm doing and how the industry works. Totally worth it. It has advice for both DIY users like me, and for authors who are planning on either hiring or having a joint venture with a narrator.

  20. 5 out of 5

    JEO Ocean

    Was a great book for indie authors considering adding audiobook files for sale. Talks about various ways it can be set up or done, including contracting the talent to doing it yourself. Super informative.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karyn Lawrence

    A nice primer but kind of dated I was hoping for more information about the marketing aspect, but found the book worth the 99 cents. It did feel like there was some padding. (Information copied and pasted in additional chapters.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Drae Box

    This is great for those who have never researched into audiobook creation or considered becoming an audiobook narrator professionally. For anyone that has done some investigating, the advice in here is pretty standard.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dana Reynolds

    Great starting point This is just what I was looking for to get the lay of the land for recording and producing my own audiobook. Terrific supplemental resources at the end also.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    Excellent guide — omprehensive (but not dense) and well organized, with a friendly, informal style.

  25. 4 out of 5

    T. Hodges

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    Elsa Lewis

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Rayn

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