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Publishing News Roundup Series: Subscription Wars in Audiobooks

by Maureen Crisp •  September 30, 2020  •   Follow

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Audiobooks have rising in popularity during quarantine. How will publishers take advantage of that?

Audiobooks have done consistently well since they first came about. During quarantine they seem to have done just as well, if not better, and the change seems to be here to stay. As the only publishing channel that is seeing consistent success, how will publishers move their business models to accommodate their insatiable readers, or rather, listeners?


Ear wars



In the publishing blogosphere…


This week Mark Williams from The New Publishing Standard shone a light on a new move from Amazon. Audible launched an unlimited audiobook subscription in Spain. This looks like a big test of audio subscription and the beginning of subscription wars in audiobooks.

Amazon is also making moves on the podcasting front – adding podcasts to Amazon music.


Cory Doctorow is an astute observer of the tech space and an award-winning writer of cyberpunk and surveillance novels. Over the years he has been a high profile anti DRM campaigner. He is holding a kick-starter to get enough money to independently produce the third audiobook in the Little Brother series away from the Amazon system. Kickstarter profiled why he is taking on a corporate monopoly. 


Jane Friedman is an astute observer of the publishing ecosystem. This week she published two in-depth articles looking at the publishing printers supply chain and Amazon’s increasing power in the bookselling market across the world.

If you were wondering when your printed book might show up or why Random Penguin is acquiring other publishers, check out these articles.


Publish Drive – EBook distributors to the rest of the world, have looked at what the best selling genres were in August across the world. Do we all read the same books in times of crisis?


The New Statesman has taken a close look at Goodreads and wonders whether the time is ready for some disruption here. Does Goodreads even do what it says it should on the box?


If you need a shiny landing page, without a website attached, check out Carrd. They offer a neat website page that you can customise for free. 


In The Craft Section,

Discipline vs Enthusiasm- K M Weiland


Struggling through the first draft– Heather Webb


The power of facial expressions– Almost an author


Tips for the historical writer– Sue Coletta- Bookmark


Setting elements– Now Novel – Bookmark


How to write a kissing scene– Ride the pen – Bookmark


Ten editing tricks to make your writing better- Gabino Iglesias


In The Marketing Section,

Email marketing – Miblart- Bookmark


Selling kindle books internationally – Dave Chesson- Bookmark


The power of author collaborations– Sandra Beckwith


No excuse for not knowing where your books sits– Nathan Bransford


Going against the flow -reflowable book layouts- The Book Designer


30 scary author website mistakes– Pauline Wiles


To Finish,

With the fight for our ears going on in the publishing world I thought I might share the podcasts I listen to fairly regularly on the publishing business and other tricks and tips to do with writing and marketing. These podcasts are published weekly. 

The Creative Penn. (The BEST!)

The Self Publishing show. (NB: Mark Dawson’s self publishing 101 course is now open.)

6Figure author. (Jam Packed Tips!)

The SPA girls.  (Brilliant Kiwi Indie Romance Writers)

The Sell More Books Show. (News and Tips)


I also drop into Alliance of Independent Authors and Stirling and Stone every now and then and visit great writing podcasts like – Sacha Black and Mur Lafferty.

There is a writing podcast for everyone….


Grab your headphones!






About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.