Sweden’s Storytel partners with Poland’s T-Mobile to deliver audiobooks

Not content with launching in India and preparing to launch in Italy, the Swedish audio-book subscription service Storytel has signed up with Polish telco T-Mobile PL to provide Polish audiobooks direct to T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile’s director of B2C marketing, Piotr Markowski, explained, Taking into account the dynamics of the audiobook market, I am convinced that Read More …

Storytel dots the ‘i’s with an Italy launch pending, having just opened in India

It seems like only days ago that I reported here on TNPS that Storytel has launched in India, beating Amazon’s Audible, not due to go live in India until the new year some time. Storytel also has a launch in the United Arab Emirates pending. Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market Read More …

Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market

Audiobook producer and distributor Storytel added its ninth global audiobook subscription platform this week. India joins home country Sweden, and Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Spain in having a Storytel platform. The United Arab Emirates may be next. Storytel is one of the world’s largest audiobook producers and distributors, turning out about 2,000 Read More …

Charlie and the Crowdfunded Chocolate Factory

Back on November 1st a little known children’s product start-up by the name of Yoto launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its smart-speakers project. Of course we are all by now familiar with smart-speakers, and they are even shaping storytelling, with interactive audio content being created specifically for devices like Amazon’s Alexa. But for Read More …

Amazon’s Audible opens up its romance audiobook subscription service to ACX authors. But what’s in it for the author?

While getting self-published ebooks into the Kindle Unlimited (KU) ebook subscription service is as simple as going exclusive with Amazon and ticking the enroll box, getting indie audiobooks into the Audible audiobook subscription service is a little more challenging. First off, the subscription service is only for romance genre audiobooks. If we can meet that Read More …

The BBC gets interactive with Alexa and audio

One of the most exciting aspects of the Global New Renaissance now unfolding is how digital technology is allowing new art-forms to emerge that, far from destroying publishing, are energising and empowering the industry. Virtual reality and augmented reality are good examples. Enhanced ebooks and interactive ebooks another. Now comes interactive audiobooks. Interactive with Amazon Read More …

“Hear everything from whispers to heavy breathing” – unlimited romance from Audible

Audible has launched a new unlimited subscription service for romance audiobooks, whereby readers can pay $6.95 as an add-on to an existing Audible subscription or pay a flat fee of $14.95. Each book is rated either sweet, simmering, sizzling, hot damn or O-O-OMG, and readers can drill down through 41 micro-categories and 131 story and Read More …

Tencent moves on Wattpad as Wattpad hits 60 million users. Could Nook be next?

Back in September I ran a post here on Nook’s future, speculating on the possibility Nook could be acquired by the Chinese ebook behemoth Tencent, which was actively looking for global expansion possibilities. A sentiment shared by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson at the Hot Sheet. Nothing yet to suggest Tencent has Nook on its Read More …