The Rights Holder is the person or entity that owns all rights required to make a book available for production and distribution as an audiobook. The Rights Holder may be the book’s author, a publisher, a literary agent, or the author’s estate.
Rights Holders use ACX to:
As a Rights Holder, it’s possible that you will receive messages from audiobook publishers that want to license, produce, and/or distribute your audiobook independent of ACX. ACX is neutral about how you choose to produce your audiobook—do it on our system, or outside of it—we just want to make sure it gets made, and made well! That’s why we offer a professional audiobook production and distribution service, but also encourage you to consider working with an established audiobook publisher.
That said, when deciding how you want your audiobook produced, be sure you compare what you’d earn with ACX versus an audio producer. The comparison isn’t always easy, so before making any decisions, be sure check the following:
Check the contract for your print book. It should state whether digital audio rights (or simply “audio rights” or “all rights”) were already granted to the publisher. If you’re still not 100 percent certain about what the contract says—and please be completely certain—call your agent or lawyer and inquire. Learn more about territory rights here.
If the First 15 Minutes of the audiobook was approved, the Rights Holder can still cancel the production by paying the Producer a “kill fee.” Instructions are as follows:
This is covered in greater detail in the Production Standard Terms.
Remember that Producers are putting a lot of time and effort into producing the audiobook, and often are giving up other work when working on the audiobook project, so we’ve tried to build a system that is fair to both Rights Holders and Producers. Being considerate to the hardworking Producers is why it’s good to be 100 percent certain about your rights before beginning a project.
Please be considerate and only post a title to ACX after you’re completely confident that you control the audio rights to it.
It’s certainly possible. You or your agent should read your contract to double check who owns the audio rights. If the publisher holds the rights and has not produced your book as an audiobook, and if they don’t have plans to do so in the immediate future, you should request that your title gets added to ACX—by either you or the publisher. Note that you will have to contact the publisher and inquire as to whether they'd be interested in posting the book on ACX as well.
Tip about Rights:Whether you add your book to ACX, or your publisher does is between you and them. If your publisher still holds the audio rights then they can go on ACX to claim the right to your title (the first step in the process), but then ask you to add the details about the book. Perhaps they’ll also ask that you handle the process of auditioning narrators on ACX. Again, this process would be up to you and them.
You can ask as many Producers as you’d like to audition for your book. Remember, Producers include narrators. In fact, ACX advises you to choose and make an Offer to a Narrator only after you hear them reading from the actual book you want them to record. That’s why we thought it was important to include the audition script feature. You want to hear the Narrator reading your words, not just a generic passage.
How To Do It: From a narrator’s ACX profile page, simply click “Send Message” and write them a note. Include a link to your Title Profile, which should contain a one or two-page Audition Script you want narrators to read and record.
You have two choices:
Please note: The narrators you find on ACX are expected to be Producers, and create fully produced, retail-ready audiobooks. As Producers, they may work with third parties to assist in the production of your audiobook, but the audiobook should be in their voice, or the voice they auditioned with.
We encourage you to try your hand at narrating. Search Google for a local recording studio that has experience producing professional audiobooks. If you can’t find a local studio, try contacting the ACX team, and maybe we can help. We also give tips to help you become a more effective narrator and even set up a simple home recording studio here.
Tip for authors that want to narrate their own books: We’ve found that audiobooks narrated by the author work best for non-fiction works, which don’t require the same kind of acting chops that fiction does.
Product images submitted over ACX must meet the following requirements:
For more information on this, please read the pdf version of our Cover Art Requirements.
Once again, it’s a question of rights. Check whether you have contractual permission from the artist or print publisher. Your book jacket may have combined an original image from one artist with text that was laid out by a separate graphic artist. You’ll need to make sure you have rights to all of it. Otherwise, we advise that you create original art, or have someone you know do so, and then assign you all rights. If you have absolutely no way to secure or create cover art, ACX allows you to choose from a nondescript cover art during the upload process. You are free to use one of the standard cover arts that the system can create on the fly for you. Note that it is of course always best to have highly designed and visually-appealing imagery supporting your product in order to best merchandise your book.
Please be sure to always follow our Cover Art Requirements.
Please note that once your audiobook has begun production you will have the opportunity to upload cover art. (The print book's artwork that comes with the Title Profile will automatically disappear.)
Tip about cover art: The artwork for digital audiobooks is rarely displayed larger than a square inch or so. It isn’t quite as critical as the book jacket that’s used to catch a customer’s eye on the shelf or table in a bookstore.
It’s pretty easy to find and hire a good graphic designer. If you don’t know one, try posting a request on Craigslist. Or use a cost-effective design service like 99designs.com, which is a competitive design marketplace that functions a little like ACX, matching freelance designers with people in need of a design.
Please be sure to always follow our Cover Art Requirements.
Currently, ACX doesn’t accept Public Domain titles posted for production by third parties. However, Audible may occasionally post Public Domain works for production. In these cases, if you are a Producer, you will receive an Offer from Audible and enter into the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms with Audible.
For more on getting your title up and running on ACX, see the section Books and Creating Title Profiles