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Writers, Ink Podcast: Episode 54 – #audiblegate with Susan May

SPECIAL EPISODE: J.D. and J. are live with author Susan May to discuss #audiblegate, a breaking news story about the ongoing controversy surrounding Audible’s audio book return policy.

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From the Alliance of Independent Authors –


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  1. Stephanie Bond

    4 years ago  

    Thank you SO much for this interview and for shedding more light on the backstory of the Audible returns policy. Kudos to Susan May! I have 32 audiobooks with ACX; I (and all ACX authors) received an email from ACX earlier today (11/24/20) stating “moving forward and effective as of January 1, 2021, Audible will pay royalties for any title returned more than 7 days following purchase.” I emailed ACX to say additionally, I expect a “returns” column to be added to my royalty reports, versus reporting only net sales. I hope other ACX authors do the same.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Seems like ACX is scrambling right now. And I don’t think they’ve said anything about a returns column which begs the question, “How do we know when the book was returned?”

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