A Note to Indie Authors on the Recent Spotify Announcement

If professional scribes don’t value their content, no one else will.
Nov | 9 | 2023
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BY Phil Simon
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A Note to Indie Authors on the Recent Spotify Announcement

If professional scribes don’t value their content, no one else will.
Phil Simon
Nov | 9 | 2023

A Note to Indie Authors on the Recent Spotify Announcement

TL;DR: If professional scribes don’t value their content, no one else will.
Phil Simon
Nov | 9 | 2023

Many indie authors use Findaway Voices to distribute their audiobooks to a wide array of outlets. I have for three of my last four titles.

Spotify’s recent announcement to let premium members access 15 hours of free audiobook listening every month is, in a word, concerning. I spent way too much money using proper narrators to just give my content away for free—or pennies on the dollar. Consider disabling that option for your titles. I have. Not coincidentally, Spotify now owns Findaway.

There is no sense in giving your content away for free.

I wish that I could have done the same for copyrighted books that Meta illegally used to train its newfangled AI tools. I suspect that lawsuits are coming no later than next year, but I digress.

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An 8-hour audiobook for $15 is a freakin’ bargain. Go bowling or to a TopGolf for half that time, and your bill will be much higher. There is no sense in giving your content away for free.

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