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Introducing Enhanced Listener Navigation for Your Audiobook

Today, you may notice an update to how you create audiobooks on ACX: customizable Chapter Names!

Now, when you start a new project on ACX, you’ll be able to quickly and easily list the parts of the book you want included in your audiobook production as soon as you claim your title. Simply enter the Chapter Names in the new Table of Contents setup page as you want them to appear to your listener in their Audible app, using the “Import from Kindle” button (available for select titles), or copy and paste Chapter Names from your manuscript.

Authors, now you can easily present to your Producer which sections they should include when recording your audio edition, as well as making your final audiobook easy to navigate for your listener. Producers, this will make it easier for you to upload the corresponding audio to the Chapter Names you see in Production Manager.

So how do you make the most of this cool new feature?

Take the time to curate your chapter names. Now that listeners can use these chapter headings to navigate your audiobook in the app, you want to make sure your table of contents makes that navigation as easy and intuitive as possible. Designate the sections of your audiobook accurately, indicating specific sections like the introduction, prologue, or epilogue, and name your chapters for easy discovery. If you are able to import your table of contents directly from the Kindle version of your book, take a moment to carefully review the chapter headings to ensure all desired sections are present and that spelling, grammar, and formatting is consistent throughout. See below for example.

Poorly Formatted Chapter Names
Correctly Formatted Chapter Names

Remove sections that aren’t for audio. If you’ve ever wondered what sections of your book should (and shouldn’t!) be narrated for audio, this moment serves as an opportunity to remove any sections from the list that should not be narrated for the audio edition, such as the table of contents or index and other front or back matter. The chapter headings you provide will be automatically populated in the producer’s view of production manager so they can upload the appropriate audio for each section, so be sure your table of contents only includes the sections you want your narrator to record.

Pay attention to formatting. To make your audiobook appear consistent with other titles and to give the listener the best in-app navigation experience, take the time to attend to formatting. Review our formatting guidelines, and check your chapter names for consistency throughout your audiobook. Adhering to industry-standard styles for your chapter headings will give your audiobook a polished, professional appearance in the Audible app.

Optimizing your chapter names for enhanced navigation is a small way you can make a big difference to your listener’s experience, and we hope you’ll take advantage of it to help your audiobook succeed!

Happy Birthday to Us! – Part 1

Sunday May 12, 2013 will mark ACX’s 2nd birthday! We’ve grown a lot, and we’ve come a long way since that fateful day two years ago. Our success is all due to two groups: the amazing ACX users (that’s you!) and our fantastic team behind the scenes at Audible.

For our second birthday, you’ll get to meet some of the ACX team and take a trip down memory lane with us, as we share some fun facts and stats from our first two years.

Enjoy the trivia today, and check back on Monday to meet the team!

First audiobook produced through ACX: Living Well with Bad Credit.

Individual producer with the most ACX productions on sale: Kevin Pierce (60).

Rights holder with the most ACX Productions on Sale: Crossroad Press

Best Reviewed ACX title: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (a perfect 5.0 rating across 26 review).

Names rejected before deciding on ACX: LAFA (Liberty and Audio For All), ACSS (Audiobook Creation & Submission System).

Nickname given to the meeting room where the ACX team worked long hours for many months leading up to the launch of the site: The Regal Beagle, as in the bar from Three’s Company where noted ladies’ man Jack Tripper often found himself on hilariously complicated double dates.

Most common non-work-related argument amongst ACX team members: Rush vs Dave Matthew’s Band.

Song played to motivate the troops as we prepared to launch ACX:

Number of marriages + babies of ACX team members since the site launched: 4

Fake narrator used in test profiles before launching the site: Boba Fett 

Activity planned for the first ACX team outing: Go-kart racing.

Reason ACX go-kart outing was cancelled: Venue closed due to filming of the “hit” reality show “Ice Loves Coco.”

Number of titles produced though ACX in 2 years: Over 6,000!

We’ll see you Monday to meet our team, and Like us or Follow us for more birthday fun!

Do you have fun facts or tidbit to share about your first 2 years with ACX? Tell us in the comments!