Publishers can greatly increase potential profits on their content by making a modest investment in audio production, and thereby controlling the distribution of that audio, as opposed to exclusively licensing it and accepting fractional revenue.

Consider the fact that the same distribution channels that are selling eBooks are also selling audio. For a publisher, controlling your own audio and selling it through these channels can be the difference between dollars and dimes.

The table below spells out a hypothetical risk vs. reward scenario on a typical project:

The table below assumes that the hypothetical audio asset is a 50,000 word YA novel, priced at $19.95 and sells 1000 units @ an average of a 50% discount.

Licensing Audio                                                                     Distributing Your Own Audio

Investment $0 Investment: $4,000
Licensing Advance: $500 Licensing advance: $0
Additional revenue

(8% royalty against advance)

$298 Additional revenue: $9,975
Total Profit: $798 Total Profit: $5,975