- How long is the distribution term for my audiobook once it's done?
- How much will a Rights Holder get paid?
- How will my audiobook be sold if I choose the exclusive option?
- How will my audiobook be sold if I choose the non-exclusive option?
- Who pays in a P4P deal?
- Can I change my contract from Exclusive to Non-exclusive?
- Can I receive an extension on the deadline for my audiobook project?
- What if I am under a contract before March 12, 2014?
- Can I dissolve my audiobook production contract?
- What happens if I realize after my audiobook's already on sale that I don’t actually have rights to the title?
- What happens if I realize during the production process that I don’t actually have rights to the title?
Audible will have the right to distribute your audiobook for seven years. (Remember that you can choose an exclusive or non-exclusive distribution option.)
Your income from audiobook sales will depend on how many audiobooks you sell. ACX pays higher royalties to Rights Holders that choose exclusive distribution over non-exclusive distribution of 40% versus 25%.
A Rights Holder's books sold exclusively through ACX will be available for digital download to consumers on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. These three leading digital retailers in the market reach the vast majority of audiobook buyers.
If you, a Rights Holder, choose the non-exclusive distribution option your audiobook can distributed through any retailer. By posting your book on ACX, that means that, if the book is made into an audiobook, the audiobook will, at minimum, be available for digital download to consumers on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. These three leading digital retailers in the market reach the vast majority of audiobook buyers. If Rights Holders want to distribute their audiobooks outside of Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, then those arrangements must be made independent of ACX.
Producers that enter into a Pay-for-Production deal with an ACX Rights Holder are paid directly by the Rights Holder at the completion of the project. Please contact the Rights Holders directly for payment. Once payment is received, go to the title profile on ACX.com for that project and indicate that you have been paid, which completes the process for your production of the audiobook and will release it for distribution to our retail channels. For more information, read the full Royalty Payment Terms and Procedures.
Changing the distribution rights to your audiobook depends on the payment option you have chosen. If the audiobook was completed as a pay-for-production deal, the distribution rights can be changed from exclusive to non-exclusive after it has been live in the store for one year. If this audiobook is in a royalty share deal, then the agreement can never be changed. For more information, please reference section 12.a. of the Book Posting Agreement
Due dates do not have to be changed on the ACX site. As long as both the Rights Holder and Producer agree to a later date, you do not need to make changes to your contract.
Books that went into contracts by March 12, 2014 will continue to accrue royalties under the structures that escalate for every 500 units sold (25%-70% for non-exclusively distributed titles and 50%-90% for exclusively distributed titles).
Contract cancellations will need to be reviewed by our Rights department. If you have contacted your Producer or Rights Holder and agreed to dissolve your contract, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org from your ACX email address with your name, the request, and the reason for your request. You must also CC the other party to notify us of your mutual dissolution request. We are unable to process your request without consent from both parties.
If you do not have the other party's email address, please use the ACX message system to agree on the terms of your dissolution. After you have come to an agreement, please email ACX at email@example.com with your name, the request, and the reason for the request.
If you approved the 15 Minute Checkpoint, the production can still be canceled by paying the Producer a “kill fee.”
More details are available in the Production Standard Terms.
Remember that Producers are putting a lot of time and effort into producing the audiobook, 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% certain about your rights before beginning a project.
Only post titles to ACX that you are completely confident that you control the audio rights to it.