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Sarita
01-25-2007, 08:03 PM
I'd like to know what everyone thinks of this new medium. Check it out here (http://www.podiobooks.com/index.php) and tell me your thoughts. It looks like you provide your audio book free of charge as a podcast and in return you get exposure. I've downloaded a few first chapters to take a listen and see what it's all about. I heard about podio books on a recent I Should Be Writing (http://shouldwrite.blogspot.com/) podcast.

Any opinions? Any experience?

Jamesaritchie
01-25-2007, 08:15 PM
It may have some benefits, but I always thought "Exposure" is what you get from standing out in a cold rain too long. People die from exposure every year. For way too many, what "exposure" really means is "your work isn't worth buying."

ChunkyC
01-25-2007, 08:49 PM
We had a pretty good discussion of this sort of thing not too long ago in this thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51065). :)

PeeDee
01-25-2007, 09:54 PM
We had a pretty good discussion of this sort of thing not too long ago in this thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51065). :)

That was, overall, a good thread.

Sometimes, giving away books works wonderfully. I've spoken before about how impressed I am by my Baen Books disc, which not only has complete novel text on it, but a complete audio book too. I love it.

That said...I'm well past the point, as a writer and a person, where I'm going to write much of anything that I intend to give away. Harlan Ellison had some rather pointed things to say on that subject, and I agree with him. If I can find the quote, i'll post it.

veinglory
01-25-2007, 10:02 PM
If you have an extensive backlist I think free ebooks and audiobooks may be a great strategy. Otherwise you would probably do better to sell them at a profit ;)

PeeDee
01-25-2007, 10:04 PM
I'm sorry, I think "podiobooks" is a stupid, stupid word.

That said, I think here are huge uses for audiobooks, uses that are just going to grow in the coming year or two. But, just like the internet, I don't see the use as being "here's my stuff for free, an' I hope yer likes it."

veinglory
01-25-2007, 10:07 PM
Audiobooks for ipods does strike me as a new market for short stories. They tend to work better than whole novels in a 'walk about' form.

PeeDee
01-25-2007, 10:13 PM
Audiobooks for ipods does strike me as a new market for short stories. They tend to work better than whole novels in a 'walk about' form.

My thoughts exactly. Although I adore having novels on my ipod, what i've enjoyed most is Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things short story collection. It's wonderful for walking.

Sarita
01-26-2007, 08:16 AM
Short stories... excellent idea.

Podio reminds me of potty, which of course makes me think of nasty bathroom functions, but hey... that's just me. I love the idea of getting audiobooks for free. I got Wizard of Oz and Wind in the Willows this week to listen with Finn. :)