More coverage of ACX

As we continue to add titles, refine and upgrade the ACX site and keep tabs on all of the audiobooks already in production since launch, it’s nice to be reminded that authors and narrators appreciate what we’re trying to do! Below are some excerpts from some really nice recent blog coverage. Thanks to all for helping to get the word out!

Dave Courvoisier covered ACX on his blog, Voice Acting in Vegas, including an insightful Q&A with our own Jason Ojalvo:

“Launched to the public in May, Audible’s new ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) seems to be a win-win-win.

Audible realized it was having trouble keeping enough fresh AudioBook titles in supply for their voracious listeners… Voice Actors are always seeking new opportunities…and publishers wanted access to fresh narrators and distribution channels.

ACX solves all those issues in a three-way mix.”

See here for the entire Q&A.

Karen McQuestion wrote about ACX on her blog, McQuestionable Musings:

 “I have an interest in how emerging technologies create opportunities, so I was fascinated to read about something called ACX — Audiobook Creation Exchange. It’s a concept that couldn’t have happened a few years ago, not for lack of books or voice talent, but because the technology wasn’t there yet. It is now, and I predict ACX will revolutionize the audiobook industry in the same way e-books have changed publishing.

 What does this mean for writers? Assuming you own the rights for your book, you can have an audio book created for no upfront cost. It’s another way to get your work out in the world, and another potential revenue stream that wasn’t accessible before.”

Audiobook narrator Paul Strikwerda had some great feedback on ACX on his blog, including what he particularly likes about the ACX model:

  • It’s FREE! Yes, you’ve heard me. There’s no paid membership and there are no exorbitant escrow fees;
  • ACX has a well-designed website and excellent customer service’
  • There’s no middle man. Believe it or not, there is direct contact between narrator, producer and author/rights holder, resulting in…
  • Reasonable rates and the opportunity to take a chance sharing royalties;
  • Quality Control: ACX is very picky about recording and production requirements. It takes more than a credit card, a mic and some shareware to list oneself as an audio book narrator;
  • A wide distribution network.

And at Voiceoverextra.com, Andy Bowyer had this to say:

“Once upon a time, not that long ago, getting picked up for an audiobook gig meant you either had a publishing/production house that wasn’t a prohibitive commute from you, and you could go in and record a book “on site.”
 
Or, you had a pipeline to enough auditions from publishers/authors that appreciated the power of a good home studio, that the odds weren’t always stacked against you.
 
On May 12, 2011, that all changed.
 
ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) opened its doors – after spending quite a bit of time in beta testing – and suddenly there wasn’t just one book to audition for, but literally hundreds to choose from.
 
Probably the most astounding thing about this service is that it is utterly free to use.
 
The ACX team is, in my experience, pretty responsive about answering questions regarding the mastering process, and the site even offers a few video tutorials, including some tips and tricks on mastering.”
 
 
 

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