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chrisponline

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This idea is completely from scratch so bear with me. Feel free to call me out if it’s completely stupid/ has been done hundreds of times before in different ways.

One of my friends is a professional voice over artist. He works freelance and has done some pretty big adverts. Recently he told me about how his grandad had released a few “walking route” books on amazon and how he was thinking of helping him out by recording an audible version. Now these trekking books rake in 10k a month! This got me thinking. There must be loads of selfpublishers out there who don’t have the means to record an audible version of their book (or perhaps haven’t thought about the value of it).
So here’s the business idea:

Contact good selling authors who are self publishers on amazon. Find books they have published that have lots of reviews and 4 star plus rating. Offer to record an audible version of their book completely for free in exchange for a commission cut of all audible versions sold.
Alternatively- buy rights to the books altogether and start an audio empire.

Thoughts?
 

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Sounds like a really good idea in my opinion!

Do you speak any other languages than English? I feel this could be an especially great opportunity to also translate english audio-books into other languages?

Looking forward to what others think of the idea.

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chrisponline

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Sounds like a really good idea in my opinion!

Do you speak any other languages than English? I feel this could be an especially great opportunity to also translate english audio-books into other languages?

Looking forward to what others think of the idea.

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Champion
Ah man I just actually checked amazon. Looks like they already have a feature for self publishers called ACX to find narrators for your books
 

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Ah man I just actually checked amazon. Looks like they already have a feature for self publishers called ACX to find narrators for your books

They do have this, but thousands upon thousands of authors have no idea it exists and don't use it.

Most of the biggest names in the audiobook industry follow the approach you described in your original post. They contact new or old authors and offer to record the audio version of the book. They do it this way so they cut out ACX and can negotiate a much better deal whether on revenue split or on a fixed price offer.
 

chrisponline

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They do have this, but thousands upon thousands of authors have no idea it exists and don't use it.

Most of the biggest names in the audiobook industry follow the approach you described in your original post. They contact new or old authors and offer to record the audio version of the book. They do it this way so they cut out ACX and can negotiate a much better deal whether on revenue split or on a fixed price offer.
Hmm sounds like it might be worth a trial. Automation would require some out of box thinking though...
 

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