This page contains pictorial representations comparing the current royalty percentages (to the best of my knowledge) for a number of aggregators under various contract options for an audiobook sold at Audible. The full 100% bar in the right-hand column represents the price paid for an audiobook at Audible. The bright green segments show the relative proportions an author will receive in royalties for each of the listed aggregators, for wide versus exclusive, and 50/50 royalty share versus per finished hour.
Note that Spoken Realms has not been included on this list, as their contracts prevent them from publicly stating their royalties, but they are very competitive and an option with royalties comparable to others listed. Note also that ACX is not currently available for Australian and New Zealand authors and narrators, but I’ve included them here as a comparison.
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This table shows (in bright green) the percentage of a book’s selling price that the author should earn, and allows you to compare the offerings from various aggregators, whether wide/exclusive or PFH/royalty share. This is a comparison for audiobooks sold at Audible and Amazon, (since they are the biggest markets). Irrespective of aggregator, I believe percentages from other retailers are generally more favourable for authors and narrators than those listed for Audible and Amazon (for example, many other retailers only take 50%, rather than 60 to 75% like Audible and Amazon do).
Findaway Voices as Aggregator Only (no audiobook production) – Wide Distribution – PFH
ACX – Exclusive Distribution – PFH
Audiobooks Unleashed – Exclusive Distribution – PFH
ACX – Wide Distribution – PFH
Audiobooks Unleashed – Wide Distribution – PFH
ACX – Exclusive Distribution – Royalty Share
Findaway Voices as Aggregator and Audiobook Producer – Wide Distribution – PFH
Author’s Republic – Wide Distribution – PFH
Audiobooks Unleashed – Exclusive Distribution – Royalty Share
Findaway Voices – Wide Distribution – Royalty Share
Audiobooks Unleashed – Wide Distribution – Royalty Share