Production Earnings and Costs

You have options to meet your budget needs and earning goals when you create your audiobook with ACX. Choose your Producer, negotiate your production costs, and set your production schedule. Or, take advantage of our distribution network for your completed audio files by uploading your audiobook through our DIY option. Whatever you choose, your work will reach one of the largest audiobook distribution networks with millions of listeners.

Invest in your audiobook production and keep your full royalty with the Pay for Production program. With this option, you make a one-time payment to your audiobook Producer based on the length of the finished audiobook, and in return, you retain full royalties and control over your audiobook’s distribution.

Benefits

Exclusive Royalty

Earn 40% of retail for sales on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes with Exclusive distribution.

Non-Exclusive Royalty

Or retain the right to distribute elsewhere, and earn 25% of retail sales on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Your Cost

Pay your Producer a one-time fee for production & collect full royalties.

The Royalty Share option gives you the flexibility to compensate your Producer with an equal share of your royalty earnings for the life of your audiobook. Reduce or pay no out-of-pocket costs to have your audiobook produced and distributed.

Option Benefits

Exclusive Royalty

Split your earnings equally with your Producer and earn 20% royalties on sales of your audiobook.

Your Cost

You pay nothing out of pocket, and your Producer receives payment in the form of an equal share of the proceeds from sales of the finished audiobook.

Royalty Share Plus

Access a higher tier of Producers with a one-time payment.

Prefer to produce your own audio or have finished audio files already? Upload them directly to ACX, and take advantage of our audiobook distribution network. Distribute exclusively or non-exclusively, and receive monthly payments!

Option Benefits

Exclusive Royalty

Earn 40% of retail for sales on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes with Exclusive distribution.

Non-Exclusive Royalty

Or retain the right to distribute elsewhere, and earn 25% of retail sales on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Your Cost

You deliver finished audio files to us, and we'll handle distribution and payment.

Common Benefits

Distribution Network
Distribution to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and their global stores. 
Distribution Term
7 years, renewing automatically at one-year increments.
Distribution Marketplaces
Your audiobook will be available in Audible stores in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan. On-Demand distribution to the Audible Romance Package for eligible books.
Bounty Payment
$75 bonuses can be earned when your audiobook is the first listen of a new Audible member. Learn more.

Common FAQs

  1. How much can I earn from ACX?

    Earn up to 40% royalties when you select our Exclusive distribution option and 25% when you select our Non-Exclusive distribution option, any time your audiobook sells on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. How much you earn will depend on your promotion strategy. Get ideas to develop your marketing plan here

  2. How much will my audiobook sell for in stores?

    Typically, the price set for your title on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes is based on its length, with longer audiobooks priced higher than shorter audiobooks. Read more here.

  3. What's the Bounty Referral Program about? Tell me more!

    Through the Bounty Referral Program, earn up to $75 each time a new Audible listener becomes a member using your referral link, in addition to any royalties earned from the sale of your audiobook. If you uploaded your own audiobook or produced it under our Pay for Production terms, you’ll earn $75 each time your referral link is used to make the first purchase by a new Audible member. If you selected our Royalty Share terms, you’ll earn $50 each time your referral link is used to make the first purchase by a new Audible member, and your collaborator will receive $25. Learn more here.

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