The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Audio Book Provision for Independent Bookshops

 
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Libro.fm launched to the general public in the UK and Ireland on 26th July 2023 – readers in the UK and Ireland can now support UK and Irish bookshops by listening to their favourite audiobooks. Irish bookshops can sell audiobooks in Euros to their customers.

Do take a look at this presentation to learn more about who Libro are and how they work with bookshops. 
 
BA members can sign up as a Libro.fm partner, to sell à la carte audiobooks and memberships. Fill in the form to sign up here. Bookselling partners will earn 20-30% on every à la carte sale and 10% on membership payments.

You can also sign up to get free Audiobook Listening Copies (ALCs) for you and your bookselling team. Every month, you'll receive access to a large selection of new and upcoming audiobooks for free. 

Email bookshops@libro.fm if you have any questions.

 
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xigxag, an independent audiobook app based in the UK, has launched their audiobook affiliate program for booksellers. Both UK and Irish booksellers are welcome to sign up to the program.

xigxag is a B Corp Certified audiobook platform offering users an independent alternative to big tech. Their app offers thousands of audiobooks and the x-book®, an audiobook and ebook combined into a single format, all at great prices without a subscription. With a mission to make books more accessible to all, xigxag believes in the importance of everyone enjoying books in the way that suits them best.

By signing up for xigxag’s affiliate program today, you can provide your customers access to a brilliant range of audiobook titles, and earn a commission on each sale.  The xigxag affiliate program is designed to complement your business, without interfering with your current operations. By integrating xigxag’s no-subscription model and audiobook-only platform, you can generate a new revenue stream alongside your physical book sales.

To get started, visit the xigxag Bookseller Portal and complete the short sign-up process. Once approved, you can begin earning money immediately. xigxag will provide you with instructions to get set up, an affiliate link to your landing page, as well as the marketing support to kickstart your participation.

For further information or support in getting set up, email partnerships@xigxag.co.uk
 

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Bookshop.org, the online bookstore on a mission to support independent bookshops, has completed a £1.5m angel fundraising round to add audiobooks and ebooks to its UK platform.

Bookshop.org are planning to launch the sale of audiobooks and ebooks via their platform in Autumn 2024.

Audiobooks
The Bookshop.org offer for customers will be a monthly subscription at £12.99 per month for a single audiobook. Bookshops will earn 20% commission on each title and will access this commission via their account, just as they already do for print books: no additional set up is required.

Affiliation will work as it does for print books: customers can either come through a link you share or choose you from the bookshop map on our site. As with print books, any audio subscriptions not affiliated to a bookshop will generate 10% contribution to the bookshop profit pool, which is then shared equally among all participating bookshops.

Ebooks
Ebooks will launch at the same time but will be sold on an à la carte basis only, with affiliation working just as it does with print books. Commission on all ebooks will be 30% of the selling price.

Booksellers on the platform will be able to add ebooks and audiobooks to their websites and Bookshop.org affiliate pages seamlessly. 

Mobile app
Both audiobooks and ebooks will be bought on the Bookshop.org website and listened to or read in Bookshop.org’s new mobile app which will be available at launch for customers to enjoy a high quality reading or listening experience. Once customers have purchased the title or redeemed a credit for a title on our site, they will get an email to prompt them to download the app (if they already have the app, a link to find the title in their account on the app).

More information will be made available to booksellers in due course.