I’m celebrating a new audiobook bundle release this month. It’s titled Romances from the Heart: Darcy and Elizabeth Short Stories Collection 1.
In preparation for the audiobook’s release, I re-released Romances from the Heart in the Kindle edition on Amazon. Unlike the Kindle version, which is available only for a limited time, the audiobook is here to stay for years and years to come. Such is the nature of my publishing contract with ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) which lasts seven years at a minimum.
Not that I’m complaining. Far from it. Romances from the Heart is my twenty-third audiobook to-date, and all of them are narrated by Pearl Hewitt, an award-winning producer who is absolutely amazing. Her brilliant narrations add such rich layers to my stories. I’m eternally grateful that Pearl will be producing my next two audiobooks by yearend: Miss Elizabeth: Where the Heart Lives and By Reason, By Reflection, by Everything.
Three years ago, I created an infographic which highlighted my audiobook sales history. I wanted to capture how Audible listeners who owned my audiobooks made their purchases. I’m glad I did because it has given me a chance to compare how purchasing habits for my audiobooks have changed over time.
The 2014 infographic shows that 27% of the listeners who bought my audiobooks at that time were not AudibleListener members. Compare that figure to the 2017 infographic I prepared based on all of my audiobook sales to date, and you will see that percentage has dropped considerably to 20% which suggests more of my listeners may have become AudibleListener members.
In 2014, 35% of all those who bought my audiobooks were AudibleListener members who chose to use their membership monthly credits. Over time, a greater percentage of AudibleListener members have chosen to use their monthly credits to buy my audiobooks according to the 2017 figure: 39% in fact.
Finally, a larger percentage of AudibleListener members purchased my audiobooks without using their monthly credit: 38% as of 2014 versus 41% as of today. I attribute the jump to the availability of Whispersync for Voice companion narrations for only $1.99 in the US. Alas, the days of Whispersync audiobooks priced at under $2 are fading fast for many titles. The going prices now seem to be $7.49. Talk about an increase. At one point, seventeen of my audiobooks could be purchased for $1.99 each if the companion Kindle edition was previously purchased on Amazon. Now, it’s down to four: To Refuse Such a Man, Matter of Trust: The Shades of Pemberley, The Mission: He Taught Me to Hope Christmas Vignette, and Expecting His Proposal. Who’s to say how long it is before Audible increases the Whispersync price for those titles too.
Just in case you’re still on the fence about audiobooks, consider this: audiobooks provide a wonderfully engaging means of enjoying some of your favorite stories again and again. Plus, the Whispersync for Voice feature that I mentioned allows you to switch back and forth between listening to a story and reading its companion Kindle edition on your cell phone, your tablet, and your PC without missing a single beat. Whether you’re commuting to work, waiting at your doctor’s office, working out in the gym, cleaning the house or a thousand other things, listening to Mr. Darcy while you do so will surely make the experience infinitely more pleasurable.
From all that I’ve read, the demand for audiobooks continues to grow at a faster pace than eBooks as well as paperbacks. Indeed, audiobooks are here to stay. With so many Jane Austen fan fiction authors offering their stories as audiobooks, one of my fondest wishes is that all ardent JAFF lovers will become ardent audiobook lovers too.
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In other happy news, First There is Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variations Collection is on sale worldwide for only 99 cents. That’s three of my bestselling ‘first in series’ stories for under a dollar. Click here and grab your copy of this Limited-Edition box set from your favorite online store today.
Comment for a chance to win an audiobook edition plus a Kindle edition of Romances from the Heart. The two prizes listed are for the US only. One winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 26th. If the lucky winner is not in the US, a digital copy of Romances from the Heart (ePub or mobi) will be awarded.