Audiobook Production and Distribution

Imagine your book enjoyed by listeners all over the world, distributed by over 40 of the world's leading audiobook retailers* including Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.  With the help of eBookIt.com, we can make this possible.

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We Can Do It All.

We can take care of your entire project for you (audiobook production and distribution), including working with the actor that you select from our eBookIt approved vocal talent. However, if you prefer to record your book yourself or find your own narrator, you can provide us with the completed audio files and we can take of the distribution for you.

Audiobook Production.

Begin by choosing one of our eBookIt approved narrators who will work with you to produce the sound most appropriate for your book. We will take of editing and mastering the audio files. Rates are based on a "finished hour," which includes the narration and necessary editing. All prices are based on 9300 words per finished hour.

Audiobook Distribution.

Once we have a completed audiobook that meets the quality criteria of Audible.com, we submit your audiobook for distribution. Within about 3-4 weeks after production, your audiobook will available through over 40 of the world's leading online audiobook retailers, libraries, and schools*. See our FAQ section for our complete distribution list.

What we do for our share

eBookIt.com was founded to make the jobs of authors and publishers as easy as possible, assisting them through the often highly technical aspects of ebook, print book, and audiobook creation and distribution. There is a $99 setup fee for distribution plus the 15% share of net sales. This fee includes the following:

An iTunes-Ready Audiobook for Your Own Distribution

The audiobook files we create for you can be distributed through your own website(s), and will be sold on eBookIt.com.

Extensive Global Distribution

Distribution to over 40 of the Internet's most popular online audiobook retailers, libraries, and schools.

Creating Your Audiobook Image from Your Ebook or Print Book Image

Audible.com and partners require a 2400px x 2400px image. We will use your existing ebook image to create this image, by modifying it to fit the proportion.

Quality Checking and Correction

If you are providing your own files, we run them through our quality assurance check to ensure they meet all of Audible's audio standards. We will fix simple issues for no charge, and we can fix more complex issues at our studio rate of $100 per hour.

Integrated Reporting

We register your audiobook under our account and integrate the all sales in a single sales reports that can be viewed on online or downloaded in Excel.

Project Management

We just need your book in a pdf or comparable format, and we take it from there, working with you in the process to make sure the product is turning out like you expect. Your audiobook will benefit from our experience of producing thousands of audiobooks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Audiobook Production

Pricing for audiobooks depends on the services you need. Consider the following examples:

  • You have your audiobook files ready to go (narrated, edited, mastered) and you just need distribution. This would be a one-time fee of $99, plus 15% of the NET royalties earned. So if you make $100 for the month, our share is $15 and your share is $85.
  • You need us to produce your audiobook for you (narrated, edited, mastered) as well as distribute. If we are producing your audiobook, the $99 distribution fee is waived. Our studio rate is $175 per finished hour, and there are roughly 9300 words in a "finished hour." So if your book is 30,000 words, that would be about 3.23 finished hours @ $175 per finished hour or $565.25 total. The actual price will vary based on the pace of the book, i.e., the how many words per hour the narrator actually speaks. Children's books are generally read more slowly. With distribution, our share is 15% of the NET royalties earned.
  • You have your audiobook files almost ready to go (narrated, edited) and you just need distribution and some assistance with getting the files distribution-ready. This would be a one-time fee of $99, plus 15% of the NET royalties earned for the distribution. For the audio mastering, our studio rate is $100 per hour (not per finished hour of audio, just how long it takes us).

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This depends on how long your book is and how soon your chosen narrator can complete the job. When we give you a quote for the audiobook, we will include an estimated time frame. Generally, you can estimate about one week of production per hour of audio. As for going live, Audible and partners advertise about 3 to 4 weeks, however, during the virus the time has been many weeks longer.

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For distribution only, it is just $99, so payment is made up front and the distribution is done usually within hours.

As for narration, we don't ask for any payment until you approve the first 15 minutes. Once you approve the first 15 minutes, 50% of the estimated project fee is due. When we complete project, the balance is due. The balance is then calculated based on the actual length of the audiobook.

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Audible is very strict about the image, so it is best to have the person who designed your ebook/printbook cover also design your audiobook cover image to these specs:

  • Images must be no smaller than 2400 X 2400 pixels in size.
  • The resolution of these images can be no smaller than 72 dpi.
  • Images must be squared. The squared cover must be a true squared cover and cannot be rectangular with colored borders on the side. (ex. CD case cover/jacket)
  • Images should be at least 24-bit.
  • Images cannot refer to physical CDs or media other than the audio presented.
  • Pornographic and offensive materials are not allowed.
  • Image types allowed: JPEG, TIFF, PNG
  • Each image should be labeled as the full title (ex. Book_title.jpg) or ISBN (ex. 1234567890123.jpg)
  • Images must contain both the name of the title and author(s)
  • Images cannot contain any borders. Audible considers borders any kind of "filler" used to make an ebook image into a square.

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Creating audiobook-ready files is not easy, and any deviation from the below requirements will cause the files to be rejected. Audible.com has very strict standards in order to maintain quality.

  • Opening and closing credits audio files. Two separate files are required to begin and end your audiobook.
    Opening Credits:

    [title of audiobook]
    Written by [name of author]
    Narrated by [name of narrator]
    Closing Credits:

    This has been [title of audiobook]
    Written by [name of author]
    Narrated by [name of narrator]
    Copyright [year and name of copyright holder]
    Production copyright [year it was recorded] by [company name]
  • All recordings must be human-voice -- no computer-read books accepted.
  • File type accepted: MP3 (192 kbps or higher)
  • Files must be CBR (constant bit rate) as Audible does not accept VBR (variable bit rate) files.
  • Submitted audiobooks may not contain both mono and stereo files. Stereo files must not be joint-stereo. Mono files are strongly recommended.
  • Each audiobook should be encapsulated in its own folder or directory. The directory should match the full title of the audio.
  • Each file must be comprised of a single chapter, episode, or story (unless otherwise not possible). Note that each file will typically become a “track” that a customer may use for navigation.
  • If the audio has no chapters, please split the audio into segments that are no longer than 2 hours each, but no shorter than 30 minutes each (when possible).
  • Each file should be preceded by a three digit number that denotes the order in which the files should appear. The file names should appear as: 001_title.mp3, 002_title.mp3, 003_title.mp3.
  • Provide a sample file that is named, “title_sample.mp3.” The sample audio must not exceed 5 minutes in duration and it must be longer than one minute. It should start with narration, not opening credits or music, and must not include explicit material. This sample is used by customers to preview your audiobook.
  • “Ripping” audio CDs is strongly discouraged as errors can often produce skipping and other audible glitches in the audio.
  • Each file must be free of extraneous sounds (mouse clicks, mic pops, mouth noises, etc.)
  • Each file must measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS and have -3dB peak values and a maximum -60dB noise floor
  • Each uploaded file must have between 0.5 and 1 second of room tone at the head, and between 1 and 5 seconds of room tone at the tail.

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Depending on number of audiobooks sold/rented and the retailer, your royalty is anywhere from 25-50% of the sales price, and as with our ebook distribution, eBookIt.com's share is just 15% of the net sales (25% for non-exclusive audiobooks sold through the eBookIt.com bookstore). Download our distribution details sheet for full details.

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Audiobook Distribution is just $99.
Audiobook Production is just $175 per finished hour.

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* We can guarantee that your book(s) will be submitted to and made available to all these retailers, but it remains at the retailer's discretion which books they choose to carry. Virtually all the retailers, especially the major ones are not selective but some are.