Book Biz: Pricing Books, Rewards of Fifty Shades, Writing Groups, Bookstore Love

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Before driving out to Denver and back last month, I stopped by the local library to borrow some audio books for the nineteen hour drive. I’d tried some abridged books on tape a decade or so ago but found myself going back to read the actual books of the writers that held my interest at that time (Crichton and Hiaasen as I recall).

But the books that I borrowed for this trip were unabridged on multiple (think 18 to 20) CDs and helped the hours spent crossing Nebraska and Iowa pass much more quickly than constantly scanning for any news or NPR station in range.

I don’t know much about the audio market but I am curious. Are there high expenses to produce the titles, do self published and small press titles have a market with audio books, who distributes audio books, etc? If any of you have experience in this area please contact me.

Based on my experience, I suspect audio books can trigger sales of conventional and eBooks. I listened to The Girl That Played with Fire on the drive home and then purchased the other two Stieg Larsson, Lisbeth Salander titles as conventional books.

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Final Thought

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About Wayne Johnson 69 Articles
I've worked in book manufacturing for over 30 years, closing my company Baker Johnson, Inc. in 2005. Currently I work freelance with a large group of publishers, advising them on the printing options available to them as the book industry endures major restructuring. My wife Cathy is a retired psychologist and spent most of her career working with the youth at Maxey Boys Training School. She is a small mammal rehabilitator with Friends of Wildlife. Our daughter Whitney is a PharmD working in the Denver area evaluating the pharmaceutical requirements of nursing homes. Our son Eliot lives in Waterloo and is an editor at Mathematical Reviews in Ann Arbor.