Legal Contracts

ACX Glossary of Terms

  • ACX means the audiobook production service and rights marketplace owned and controlled by Audible, Inc. and available at www.acx.com.
  • Account Holder Agreement means the general ACX account holder agreement all users must agree to in order to establish and maintain an account on ACX. Click here to see it.
  • Accept or Acceptance means a Producer’s acceptance of a Rights Holder's Offer to produce an audiobook on ACX. A Producer can only accept an offer by clicking the “Accept” button on the Production Offer Page sent by the Rights Holder.
  • ACX Audiobook Production Agreement means an audiobook production agreement between a Rights Holder and a Producer on ACX. An ACX Audiobook Production Agreement consists of the Deal Confirmation Page and Audiobook Production Standard Terms.
  • Advance means a monetary advance against royalties paid by Audible to Producers from time to time in its discretion on certain titles produced by a Producer under a Royalty Share Deal, which advance must be recouped against and earned out from future royalties the Producer will earn on the audiobook that is the subject of the deal.
  • SAG-AFTRA means the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
  • AFTRA H&R means the health and retirement program SAG-AFTRA offers to SAG-AFTRA members and persons who have elected to participate in AFTRA health and retirement.
  • Agent means an author's literary agent. An Agent can be a Rights Holder.
  • Author means the author of a book. An Author can be the Rights Holder.
  • Narrator means a person who provides the oral narration services for an audiobook. A Narrator can be a Producer.
  • Mastering Engineer means a person who improves the audio quality of an otherwise finished audiobook. A Mastering Engineer can be a Producer.
  • Editor means a person who edits the initial raw recording of an audiobook. An Editor can be a Producer.
  • Offer means an offer by a Rights Holder to a Producer on ACX for an audiobook production project, as set forth in a Production Offer Page. An Offer is subject to the Rights Holder’s and Producer’s acceptance of the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.
  • Offer and Acceptance Procedures means the procedures on ACX that a Rights Holder must follow when making an Offer to a Producer and that a Producer must follow when accepting an Offer.
  • Book Posting Agreement means the click-through agreement on ACX that a Rights Holder must accept in order to claim the rights to a book on ACX and create a Title Profile for the book on ACX. Click here to see it.
  • Deal Confirmation Page means the page generated by ACX after a Producer has accepted a Rights Holder's Offer on ACX, which contains the specific business terms applicable to the ACX Audiobook Production Agreement between the Rights Holder and Producer, such as a) delivery due dates, b) word count), c) languages, d) Audible distribution rights (exclusive or non-exclusive), d) territory distribution rights, and e) financial terms. A Deal Confirmation Page incorporates the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.
  • Audition Script means the one to three pages of text from a book posted by a Rights Holder in the book’s Title Profile, which Producers (or Narrators they subcontract) may perform and send to the Rights Holder as an audition for the audiobook production project.
  • $50 Bounty means the bonus payment Audible offers when an audiobook produced through ACX is the first purchase made by an AudibleListener member. Bounty Payments can only be earned by Rights Holders under Pay for Production Deals. Bounty Payments can be earned by both Rights Holders and Producers under Royalty Share Deals, in which case the Rights Holders and Producer split the bounty payment ($25 each). Click here for details and additional terms and conditions.
  • Independent Contractor Agreements means the form independent contractor agreements that a Producer must use to engage the services of a subcontractor when subcontracting a portion of the work under an ACX Audiobook Production Agreement to another person or entity.
  • Pay for Production Deal means a deal for an audiobook production project on ACX between a Rights Holder and Producer where the Producer is paid a flat, one-time fee for the Producer’s services.
  • Pay for Production Fee means the one-time fee paid by a Rights Holder to a Producer for the production of an audiobook under a Pay for Production Deal.
  • Producer means a person or entity on ACX capable of producing a commercial-ready finished audiobook and who will be responsible for producing a commercial-ready finished audiobook under any ACX Audiobook Production Agreement entered into by the Producer. A Producer can be a Studio Professional, Narrator, Mastering Engineer, or Editor.
  • Production Offer Page means the page generated by ACX when a Rights Holder sends an Offer to a Producer, which contains the specific business terms applicable to the Offer, such as a.) delivery due dates, b) word count), c) languages, d) Audible distribution rights (exclusive or non-exclusive), e) territory distribution rights, and f) financial terms. A Production Offer Page incorporates the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.
  • Production Standard Terms means the standard contract between a Rights Holder and Producer for an audiobook production project on ACX, which incorporates the applicable Deal Confirmation Page.
  • Publisher means an entity that owns or controls the audio rights to a book. A Publisher can be a Rights Holder.
  • Rights Holder means the person or entity that owns or controls the audio rights to a book posted on ACX for purposes of ACX. A Rights Holder can be a Publisher, Agent, Author, or Author's estate.
  • Royalty Share Deal means a deal for an audiobook production project on ACX between a Rights Holder and Producer on ACX where the Producer is paid on a royalty share basis, meaning the Producer shares all royalty payments with the Rights Holder in a 50-50 split.
  • Title Profile means the profile created for a book by a Rights Holder when the Rights Holder posts the book on ACX and makes the book available for production as an audiobook on ACX.
  • Stipend means a monetary amount paid by Audible to Producers from time to time in its discretion on certain titles produced by a Producer under a Royalty Share Deal, which amount does not have to be recouped against or earned out from future royalties the Producer will earn on the audiobook that is the subject of the deal.