The term podiobook was coined by Evo Terra in April 2005 to describe serialized audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, much like a podcast.
Are these books really free?
Yes. The serialized audio book versions we make available on our site are really free. However, these authors work very hard working on their books, and we work hard maintaining this site and paying the hosting bills. If you donate to a book, 75% of your cash goes to the author and the remainder goes to pay for hosting and bandwidth. And maybe someday, salaries for the staff. Please, be generous!
Why are authors making these versions available for free?
Many authors do this to get exposure for their work, others do it in the hopes you’ll buy a physical copy of their current or perhaps next work in development. Still others simply do it for the sheer joy of writing. And while it’s not required, you have the option to donate money to the author of your choice. When you consider that audio books run usually twice as much as their hardcover counterparts… we hope you’ll be generous. Authors receive 75% of all the proceeds from the donations from listeners. The smaller portion goes to the maintenance and upkeep of Podiobooks.com.
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