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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Audiobooks and class action

Question for audiobook readers:

We now have the capability of selling audiobooks through the Arkhaven store. We could price them at the same price as a print book, throw in a free copy of the ebook, and do much better than we do on Audible. However, we know that many people on Audible simply acquire audiobooks through free credits rather than actually buying them at the inflated prices there.

So, is there any interest in buying audiobooks directly, which would consist of a series of MP3 files instead of whatever convoluted system Audible uses, or would doing so be pointless? We will still make our audiobooks available at Audioble, we simply won't choose the exclusive option.

Please advise. One benefit will be that we can offer our audiobooks 2-4 weeks sooner than they appear on Audible. The audio quality will be identical, since the source files are the same.

UPDATE: After doing an amount of research, we're going to target a base price of $9.99 for a normal audiobook of 6-9 hours. The maximum price will probably be on the order of $24.99 for a monster book like A Throne of Bones, which we anticipate being on the order of 36-40 hours. We will usually include a copy of the ebook with the audio book whenever possible, but keep in mind that we usually release ebooks long before we record the audiobook.

Instructions for original AH:Q backers:

If you are an original Alt-Hero:Q backer who opted out of the class action waiver in October, please email litle32000 AT yahoo DOT com to let him know that you would like to be included in the class action request for arbitration. He will get back to you with the information that is required. If you backed the campaign but did not opt out, please do not email yet, but wait for further instructions that will be provided in the next two weeks.

If you did not opt out, you can still definitely file your own request for arbitration, but that would cost you $250 and will likely prove to be unnecessary, depending upon how things develop going forward. It is our opinion that Indiegogo is not going to insist on standing by that particular Term of Use in light of the obvious alternative that would require them to pay for what could be hundreds of separate arbitrations.

Especially since we have confirmed that the woman who appears to have been primarily responsible for the deplatforming, Kerry J. Barker, left Indiegogo only weeks after Trust & Safety's retro-cancellation of the AH:Q campaign, for reasons that are as yet undetermined.

UPDATE: Since there appears to be an amount of interest, if you're interested in testing the audiobooks from our store, we have made two small ones available, both for $3.99. Our plan is to keep the prices low, roughly half the price of Audible, and keep the audio files DRM-free.

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100 Comments:

Blogger EasyCompany December 16, 2018 10:30 AM  

YES!

Blogger Tallen December 16, 2018 10:34 AM  

Yes, I would be interested in .mp3 audiobooks.

Blogger LC December 16, 2018 10:38 AM  

I would also be interested in MP3 audiobooks!

Blogger Dr Caveman December 16, 2018 10:51 AM  

It's time to do to Indiegogo what Hulk Hogan did to Gawker.

It'd be interesting to learn if Barker left on her own accord or whether she was fired

Blogger Dr Caveman December 16, 2018 10:54 AM  

It appears to be the latter. She is now head of Trust&Safety at Google, according to her LinkedIn

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 16, 2018 10:54 AM  

I don't have a ton of disposable income, so I wouldn't be buying many, but yes, I would be interested in audiobooks direct, rather than through Audible. And, for that matter, having another platform established ahead of the purge seems like good strategy.

Blogger John December 16, 2018 11:02 AM  

Mp3 audiobooks at a same price point would be welcome.

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums December 16, 2018 11:04 AM  

I fully support the audiobook idea.

Blogger The Chortling December 16, 2018 11:08 AM  

I've purposely avoided Audible directly -- which was really probably a lot of nonsense on my part after Amazon acquired them. I've only purchased audio books which have the Kindle downloadable version (which is, in the end, Audible). Basically have made ever effort to avoid it by buying elsewhere months after appearing on Kindle and lengthy forays into creating my own backups of books in MP3.

I look forward to linking up with the class action action. Not sure why anyone would use a yahoo.com address any longer. that platform gets compromised more times per day than Rose McGowan every hoped to be.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 11:08 AM  

It appears to be the latter. She is now head of Trust&Safety at Google, according to her LinkedIn.

That means nothing. We know how Google feels about me. Ol' Pikachu might have thrown her a bone after being ejected.

Blogger Ty Brant December 16, 2018 11:14 AM  

I would be interested in audio books through the arkhaven store.

Blogger tz December 16, 2018 11:16 AM  

I would definitely prefer direct MP3s - I don't do Audible so for now generally did Kindle read to me instead. I'm not sure on the price, other than not much more than an mp3 audio CD - probably because of the subscription, they charge more for Audible.

Another question is how to split them - by chapter, section, or just one big file. I find I like each depending on the book

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 16, 2018 11:18 AM  

OT: Really pleased with the speed of Infogalactic of late. It's a lot faster than it used to be.

Blogger rotekz December 16, 2018 11:18 AM  

I'm interested in e-reader/audio bundles for non-fiction titles. I like the Kindle titles that offer cut price audio add-ons. Audible credits I save for very expensive titles and don't mind paying extra $$ for Castalia books.
When Castalia Direct can send Paperbacks/Hardbacks to Europe I'd be interested in physical/ereader/audio triple dip bundles.

Blogger 1st Earl Hardwicke December 16, 2018 11:22 AM  

I have an Audible account, I also use Scribd at £8.99 per month.

You can often buy a kindle ebook for 99p, and then the audiobook for a reduced price of £2.99. I use the credits as well. Which work out at about £4, for me.

I think the following prices would be reasonable, but that is excluding a loyalty or fan factor. And more about building a habit of listening to a wide range of books. I enjoy audio for the tone the author is conveying.

20 Hours Plus £9.99, but would prefer two shorter parts.
6 - 20 Hours £4.99
2 - 6 Hours £2.50

Blogger Gregory the Great December 16, 2018 11:26 AM  

I would buy them from you directly because I hate being tied into something like Audible

Blogger Cetera December 16, 2018 11:35 AM  

I would love to be able to buy audiobooks as .mp3 files directly from Castalia House. Audible's app has gotten a LOT better over the years, but I still hate having to use their app. On my smartphone I use Smart AudioBook Player for .mp3 audio books.

I already have several CH titles through Audible, and would not likely be willing to repurchase them again (at least for now), but I LOVE the idea of combo packs from CH. Audible is too darn expensive for any single title, and I'm not thrilled with the monthly membership fee either even though it gets you a "free" audiobook. I'm certain that is how they are trying to incentivize you to buy books at their inflated prices. They're looking to trade on your impatience for escalated costs.

Blogger Crave December 16, 2018 11:36 AM  

I'd rather buy the mp3 direct than through a third party, who may become a problem in the future. Will we be able to redownload files purchased if they become corrupted or lost?

Blogger Damelon Brinn December 16, 2018 11:46 AM  

On my smartphone I use Smart AudioBook Player for .mp3 audio books.

Seconded. I use it for podcasts and other audio too. It's the only one I found that doesn't try to do anything fancy, but just plays the files in a directory in order.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 11:50 AM  

Will we be able to redownload files purchased if they become corrupted or lost?

Not for the time being. The system has a limited ability to handle that.

Blogger Tino December 16, 2018 11:50 AM  

Yes to Audio book combos in Arkhaven Store

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 11:51 AM  

20 Hours Plus £9.99

That's about one-quarter the price of Audible. We definitely will not go that low.

Blogger Chiva December 16, 2018 11:51 AM  

I am for buying audiobooks through the Arkhaven store. Especially if it means the author can get more money than a comparable sale at Audible.

Blogger Shimshon December 16, 2018 11:57 AM  

I'd buy, whatever the cost. My wife prefers audio, and she's looking forward to listening to AToB when it comes out in that format.

Blogger Dave December 16, 2018 11:58 AM  

Dr Caveman wrote:It appears to be the latter. She is now head of Trust&Safety at Google, according to her LinkedIn

I would say the opposite; she left on her own if she's truly the head of Google Trust and Safety. That would be a huge step up from that crowdfunding site that shall remain nameless.

I'm curious what her qualifications are to be in charge at Google if you've got access to her LinkedIn?

Blogger gnossoss December 16, 2018 12:05 PM  

I'd definitely buy more audiobooks that way. I'll take a look at the ones you've put up.

Thanks for making that available, I really appreciate you being willing to look at doing things in different ways to get your excellent products out there.

Blogger P Glenrothes December 16, 2018 12:09 PM  

I would buy audiobooks through Arkhaven. I prefer doing so doesn't require a "Membership".

Blogger Dave December 16, 2018 12:13 PM  

I will be contacting the yahoo email to indicate my interest in the class action.

I've not been an audiobook person, mostly as I wasn't interested in joining Audible. However, I would definitely try out some Castalia titles in the car, especially if you're throwing in the ebook and no long-term commitment is required.

Blogger Cetera December 16, 2018 12:16 PM  

Side note, VD:
Is CH currently taking auditions for audio book narrators? If so, how would one go about auditioning?

Blogger Nebo0193 December 16, 2018 12:21 PM  

Definitely interested in the audiobooks/ combos through Arkhaven.

Blogger Dr Caveman December 16, 2018 12:21 PM  

True. Being fired for retroactively banning AH:Q might even look good on her CV, giving plenty of SJW martyr credit

Blogger Martin December 16, 2018 12:23 PM  

The thing that makes Audible popular is the convenience of an integrated system. Buy once, and use on any device easily. Also, chapter breaks are encoded directly in the audio so that the audio experience mirrors the book. Cover art and meta data is integrated with the audio files. All of this can be done with MP3s or M4As if it is architected properly.

The easiest way by far to pull this off is to use the Podcast model. All of these things are possible in a podcast application. Cover art, meta-data tagging, chapter breaks, etc. A podcast feed can also require authentication. The idea is: Each user has a custom authenticated podcast feed consisting of all of their purchased books. Any podcast app with chapter break support can become the book reading application, needing only a username and password to download any of the user's purchased books. They can use it or not use it that way. Everything remains DRM free, and can still be downloaded and saved in a traditional manner.

Blogger Dan Karelian December 16, 2018 12:33 PM  

I bid 1.25$ per hour price.

Blogger Dr Caveman December 16, 2018 12:34 PM  

She's got a law degree and has been working in Trust & Safety policy positions since 2012 at Twitter, IAC (askFM), that crowdfunding site and now at Google. Before that she worked for seven years with Google in advertising legal support.

So she's deeply entrenched in that ecosystem and has enough legal savvy to jump ship before the shit hits the fan over there

Blogger David The Good December 16, 2018 12:48 PM  

Cetera wrote:Side note, VD:

Is CH currently taking auditions for audio book narrators? If so, how would one go about auditioning?


I handle the audiobook production. Email me a paragraph of you reading a fiction title and a paragraph of a non-fiction title. david@floridafoodforests.com

Blogger David The Good December 16, 2018 12:49 PM  

This goes for anyone that wants to audition, incidentally. We are always looking for decent, reliable voices.

Blogger Frank Underwood December 16, 2018 12:50 PM  

I would buy audiobooks on the Arkhaven store. It is much better to actually own a mp3 copy of the book anyway, and with apps like 'MP3 books' on iOS it is just as convenient as the audible app.

Blogger Original H December 16, 2018 12:50 PM  

I'd likely buy more audiobooks if I didn't have to use Audible.

Blogger Behemoth December 16, 2018 12:51 PM  

I’d honestly maybe buy things twice, but one reason I like audible is it holds my place. I’m ususlly juggling books, and jump in and out of it. I listen when I drive and intermitantly at work, and havibg used MP3 audiobooks before it can be a hastle to find where you were after stopping. Plus, convinience of the app.

But more options is never bad.

That said, need to go finish The Last Witchking. Loving these stories.

Blogger James Dixon December 16, 2018 1:08 PM  

> I'm curious what her qualifications are to be in charge at Google

She cancelled the Alt*Hero:Q campaign. That would be more than enough evidence of her SJW bonafides for Google without anything else.

Now as to audiobooks. Personally, I don't do audiobooks, and unless given the necessity of doing so probably never will.

But given the support community you have and the way Amazon is going, I'd say this is probably a good idea and may even be necessary fairly soon. Standard mp3 format is definitely the way to go. It makes backing up the copy easy, and it's easy to use it on any device you choose (even most car audio systems).

Blogger Dave December 16, 2018 1:11 PM  

David the Good, Master of Audiobooks. Forgive my ignorance, but do you voice your own books?

I've thought once or twice before about voice work; "IN A WORLD..."

Blogger Man of the Atom December 16, 2018 1:14 PM  

"Yes" to Castalia House audio books. Would buy!

Blogger InformationMerchant December 16, 2018 1:25 PM  

How I use audible: Any of your books that were on kindle select rather than unlimited, or the books that were published elsewhere would be an option for the monthly audible credit.

If I can buy the book from you directly, I'm not sure I'd buy the audiobook rather than a regular book.

Your way is definitely better than Audible's way. If I did want an audiobook and had the choice, I'd buy direct. I just don't see myself buying more than one or two a year if you have all your books in print as well as audiobook.

Blogger Crew December 16, 2018 1:42 PM  

So she's deeply entrenched in that ecosystem and has enough legal savvy to jump ship before the shit hits the fan over there

But, given her behavior, she must represent a risk to any company that employs her!

Blogger Jeff Wood December 16, 2018 1:49 PM  

@36

David, when my busy time is over at the end of January, I may take you up on that offer. A British voice, mostly Scots.

@Behemoth

I recently finished Lord of the Rings, impressed to the point of being overwhelmed. It occurred to me too, to re-read Witchking.

I reckon Tolkein would recognise our host as a comrade.

Blogger P Glenrothes December 16, 2018 1:58 PM  

I can play the audio files on my ipod via the emailed link only. Is there a recommended app I can download files to?

Blogger JACIII December 16, 2018 2:14 PM  

There is value in skipping the subscription/credits route. So long as cost is comparable to the subscription/credit scheme per hour. 8 to 10 hours is your run of the mill series audio book time and a subscription is thirty bucks for three credits so $1.00 per hour should pull 'em in.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 2:17 PM  

Is there a recommended app I can download files to?

Anything that plays MP3 files.

Blogger Greg with 1 G December 16, 2018 2:21 PM  

"...but that would cost you $250 and will likely prove to be unnecessary...
...not going to insist on standing by that particular..."

Pay the $250.00 or file my request without paying???

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 2:34 PM  

Pay the $250.00 or file my request without paying???

Do you have an actual question? I suggest reading the whole thing again.

Blogger Pax_Romana December 16, 2018 2:41 PM  

Dave, I'm currently working on audiobooks for Superversive and John Wright; I'll send you a demo reel later tonight, tomorrow at the latest.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to audition!

Blogger JRH, esq. December 16, 2018 2:50 PM  

Happy to buy reasonably priced audiobooks in MP3 format. It's easy enough to convert to m4b using Foobar2000 if I really want to put one one my phone. As to pricing, it would probably make sense to have a "floor" price for novels like $8 or $10, and adjust upward for bigger or more prestigious works when you want to set a higher price point and send a message to the buyer.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira December 16, 2018 2:52 PM  

Nice. The more the merrier, on that op-in list.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon December 16, 2018 2:54 PM  

"So she's deeply entrenched in that ecosystem and has enough legal savvy to jump ship before the shit hits the fan over there"

These people are heavily networked with each other. If she spent 7 years at Google in a left leaning product area, she has scores of contacts at relatively high levels in various Silicon Valley companies.

I've witnessed some rather crazy hiring decisions that are inexplicable if you don't know about the left-wing networking groups in Silicon Valley. One lady that I know segued directly from law school into a 'senior counsel' position at a major company. (How one can qualify as 'senior' without a single day's work experience in the role is beyond me). Another acquaintance was hired as an engineering manager at another large firm, despite having no relevant education and only 2 years experience doing very light corporate web development. He was running a team consisting of real engineers with PhDs and MEng/MSc degrees.

The common thread in both cases is that both of them were involved in 'diversity and inclusion' groups. Heavily networked with the right people at higher levels.

Blogger Michael Kingswood December 16, 2018 3:41 PM  

RE: Audiobooks. Concur completely with offering them up through your site.

That said, I just went and bought both of your samples, and I gotta say getting them chapter by chapter is going to be awkward at best, especially for people who listen on mobile devices. I would suggest you compile them into a single audio file, for a single download.

For longer audiobooks, that will probably run up on max download limits on some application (I hit my head on the Wordpress limit for a while there trying to do the same thing with audio). I went with a Dropbox download link, and I know a guy who uses AWS server space to deal with that. But if you haven't heard about it, Findaway Voices has a new program called Authors Direct, which will offer a way for authors and publishers to sell audiobooks directly from their own websites, download them from Authors Direct, and also access them, if desired, from an Authors Direct mobile app. It's in Beta right now, for only an invited few. But it might bear looking into.

Regardless, great job continuing to innovate.

Blogger KnightTemplarr December 16, 2018 3:43 PM  

The price point for the audiobook/ebook combo would be perfect for me. If possible can you have i =t designed to give them as gifts also? You can't give Audible books as a gifts to non-members.

Blogger P Glenrothes December 16, 2018 3:53 PM  

Note: A Magic Broken is included with The Last Witchking.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 4:18 PM  

I just went and bought both of your samples, and I gotta say getting them chapter by chapter is going to be awkward at best, especially for people who listen on mobile devices. I would suggest you compile them into a single audio file, for a single download.

It's not chapter by chapter. We do them the same way for Audible.

Blogger MendoScot December 16, 2018 4:57 PM  

Instructions for original AH:Q backers:

Does this apply to non-US based backers too?

Blogger Franz Lyonheart December 16, 2018 5:03 PM  

Does this apply to non-US based backers too?

Well, Vox didn't say anything otherwise, and he was pretty clear and comprehensive with instructions. So, there's certainly no harm trying.

I've simply forwarded the email with which I had opted out of Indiegogo's class action waiver to the guy and informed him that I live in England. I presume he'll let me know what happens next.

Blogger John Ferguson December 16, 2018 5:08 PM  

I am an Audible user, but would be really happy to buy Castillia House products direct at the prices you talk about.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 December 16, 2018 5:17 PM  

I am extremely interested.

I work a menial labor job where we're allowed headphones, and I've already bought some of Lind and Creveld through Audible. The low price-point and e-Book inclusion is an excellent idea.

I would note however that a monthly Audible subscription yields 1 credit per month for $14-$15. That would be the price to beat!

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 16, 2018 5:39 PM  

I have one device for all my audible titles. I simply can’t read as many books as I’d like to die to the nature of my days, but I can listen to 75% of the books I want to consume. That being said, I have about 130 titles on Audible and maybe 10 stores in iTunes. The Audible app is far superior to iTunes in terms of maintaining last place “read,” navigating through chapters, replaying the last few seconds/minutes. In addition, I have yet to figure out how to load an audio book into the Audible app (I don’t think it’s possible) unless it’s purchased through Audible. I pay about $23 a month for 2 book credits and get fantastic discounts on other additional titles throughout the year. It’s also tied directly to Amazon Kindle with a very cool sync technology that allows me to read a kindle copy while also listening later to the Audible copy and vice versa.

I will on occasion purchase audio books outside the Audible Amazon garden, but I find it very difficult to load them into iTunes and maintain a continuity of experience. Frankly, I hate it.

I understand and respect the need to build platforms, but it’s not reasonable for me to abandon Amazon Kindle and Audible...yet.

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 16, 2018 5:42 PM  

It’s not the file format, it’s the app. The Audible app is capable of far more audiobook listening functions than another audio file player such as iTunes.

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 16, 2018 5:46 PM  

Again, it’s the app not the file format. Much like I believe the ComiXology app is about the best e-comic book app available, Audible/Kindle is a superior audio book/ebook app. I really dislike consuming my e-content outside of these apps and I’ve yet found a good way to hack and load these apps with content purchased outside the ecosystem. Kindle is slightly forgiving, but files do lose portability when purchased outside the garden.

Blogger David The Good December 16, 2018 6:03 PM  

Dave wrote:David the Good, Master of Audiobooks. Forgive my ignorance, but do you voice your own books?

Yes. I have a voice-acting and radio background.

Blogger David The Good December 16, 2018 6:04 PM  

Pax_Romana wrote:Dave, I'm currently working on audiobooks for Superversive and John Wright; I'll send you a demo reel later tonight, tomorrow at the latest.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to audition!


Great. Talk to you then.

Blogger David The Good December 16, 2018 6:05 PM  

DJ | AMDG wrote:It’s not the file format, it’s the app. The Audible app is capable of far more audiobook listening functions than another audio file player such as iTunes.

This is a good point. VD and I have talked about it already. There is an analogue in the world of ebooks. Sometimes it's simpler for the average person to just buy a kindle book and have it delivered to their device than it is to get another format, convert it and pull it up.

Blogger Dave December 16, 2018 6:08 PM  

but it’s not reasonable for me to abandon Amazon Kindle and Audible

Keep in mind Vox is only gauging interest in providing another option to buy outside of Audible. Now, if Castalia audiobooks are no longer exclusive to Audible, will that exclude the usage of Audible credits to purchase Castalia products?

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 16, 2018 6:14 PM  

@69 Dave, that is an excellent point. I would be quite disappointed if I couldn't use my credits on Castalia House titles. I'd likely only get the ebook versions as I do now instead of the audio titles. For many of my favorite titles I have both making it far more common for me to re-read them from time to time.

Blogger Carbon Based Greg December 16, 2018 6:29 PM  

Arbitration email sent.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 6:41 PM  

Now, if Castalia audiobooks are no longer exclusive to Audible, will that exclude the usage of Audible credits to purchase Castalia products?

No idea. You can probably check by looking up a book you have bought that way to see if it is offered for sale by Apple or Google.

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 6:43 PM  

I understand and respect the need to build platforms, but it’s not reasonable for me to abandon Amazon Kindle and Audible...yet.

We're not asking you to do so. We're pitching to the people who don't particularly like Audible and just want to put their files on a USB stick to listen to in the car.

We'll probably need a very good app to win over people like you. Put together a list of features you want to see and email it to me. We have the capability to do that, after all.

Blogger Silent Draco December 16, 2018 7:01 PM  

I hesitated on the purchase. The Arkhaven store site gave me secure pages (lock icon and https) on shopping and checkout, but the payment screen was not secure and Brave reported a problem (exclamation point and not lock symbol). If I missed something, I'll go back and recheck the Brave setting for Arkhaven. Not seeing a problem yet, though.

I like the package of an ebook and audio files. I do a fair amount of travel by plane and by auto, where I would much rather listen to a book of my choosing than to most of the broadcast or satellite nonsense.

Blogger tz December 16, 2018 7:27 PM  

UGH!
I tried.
I may try later.
I typed my CC info then played the game of "which box didn't I check", then it said I already had an account. So I logged in. So it forgot all the CC info. So I have to continue to play the game.

The epub says "there's already a .mobi file.

And each decremented my "available downloads" so I might not be able to do so if you fix it. Your site doesn't count completed downloads, merely attempted ones.

I hope you fix things before there is a real purchase I want.

Blogger tz December 16, 2018 7:29 PM  

The above was for 4gw war by Lind - there appears to be no epub and I've burned through several "downloads remaining". I will probably just do the mp3, but find it annoying the mobi seems to be linked to the epub.

Blogger YourRuler December 16, 2018 8:05 PM  

Yes yes yes.
I already get the kindle & audible versions so I can listen while driving and still have the option to read the text directly when the opportunity presents itself. I would happily switch to purchasing a combination of the two directly from yourself

Blogger VD December 16, 2018 9:04 PM  

It's fixed, TZ. That was just a dumb mistake. Both links went to the MOBI instead of one to the MOBI and the other to the EPUB. We also added two additional download permissions just in case.

Blogger Behemoth December 16, 2018 9:14 PM  

The true holy grail of audiobook stuff would be a linked audible style app with the full controls linked with an ebook reader so you could jump between text and audio, but thats I think a bridge too far at the moment.

Blogger Joseph Maroney December 16, 2018 11:47 PM  

A major factor for me regarding audio books is being able to switch chapters easily, and I also like being able to use voice commands to skip ahead or rewind by arbitrary amounts of time (maybe mp3s can do this too -- I haven't tried). I could give up the later if the audio book mp3s are at least divided up by chapter. The savings in price would be well worth it.

As far as audible tokens go, I only use them when a book would normally cost over $13. I'm willing to pay $25 for particularly long books on CH though. The value of receiving the digital copy too is just gravy. It's quite generous and makes me pleased to tell all my friends and family about it.

Blogger Meme Realist December 17, 2018 2:24 AM  

Mr. Beale- I'm interested in interviewing you about Jordanetics. I'd like to get your take on why you wrote the book, and overall what your goals are?

Blogger Dirk Manly December 17, 2018 3:25 AM  

@25

"I would say the opposite; she left on her own if she's truly the head of Google Trust and Safety. That would be a huge step up from that crowdfunding site that shall remain nameless.

I'm curious what her qualifications are to be in charge at Google if you've got access to her LinkedIn?"

Being a full-blown SJW *itch. And we know that the moronic Indian at the head of Google now will hire an SJW, even if fired for cause, because he's one, too.

Read her twitter feed. https://twitter.com/kerryjunebug.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 17, 2018 3:29 AM  

@54

"The common thread in both cases is that both of them were involved in 'diversity and inclusion' groups. Heavily networked with the right people at higher levels."

These people aren't problems that need to be solved. These are problems that need to be eliminated.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 17, 2018 3:34 AM  

@81

"Mr. Beale- I'm interested in interviewing you about Jordanetics. I'd like to get your take on why you wrote the book, and overall what your goals are?"

You must be new here. How many hundreds of times has he said that he doesn't give interviews and doesn't talk to the press. An exception is made for Infowars, because Alex Jones is retailing Arkhaven stuff.

The last time Vox gave an interview, the guy who interviewed him got fired within 12 hours of the interview being published.

Blogger Dirk Manly December 17, 2018 3:39 AM  

All of your answers are right here in the blog.

http://voxday.blogspot.com/search?q=jordan+peterson

And looky here:

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/05/why-i-am-crucifying-crazy-christ.html

Blogger VD December 17, 2018 5:23 AM  

I'm interested in interviewing you about Jordanetics. I'd like to get your take on why you wrote the book, and overall what your goals are?

Thank you, but I no longer give interviews to the media, the conservative media, or the alternative/new media.

Blogger Lovekraft December 17, 2018 6:01 AM  

O/T but here's a handy summary of orgs that succumbed to the 'Get Woke Go Broke' principle:

https://www.oneangrygamer.net/get-woke-go-broke-the-master-list/

Blogger cmate December 17, 2018 6:31 AM  

I would buy several books a year if available as mp3's.

Blogger artensoll December 17, 2018 6:37 AM  

I've just bought my first audio book! They are usually too slow and irritating for me but could not resist William Lind and would have bought the ebook anyway, bonus.

The process was smooth and simple, would defo do it again.

Blogger artensoll December 17, 2018 6:40 AM  

Now if anyone can come up with a way to get ahold of the Jeeves omnibus, I will be a very happy bunny...

Blogger Dirk Manly December 17, 2018 8:19 AM  

@87

"https://www.oneangrygamer.net/get-woke-go-broke-the-master-list/"

Twitter will be on that list soon.

The current owners are trying to sell it, and NOBODY WANTS IT.

Declining user base (gee, really? Kicking people off because you have a difference of opinion leads OTHER people to leave, too?), and revenues are no longer covering expenses.

Nobody's going to buy Twitter, because the Mistrust & anti-Safety Clowncil (who have never seen a pedophile tweet that they didn't approve of!) have completely destroyed Twitter's brand name.

The only way anybody would buy it is if they had the bright idea to immediately change the name, and set up a redirect server to point at the DNS name with the new name.

But even that's a risk.

I should send them a bid of $1. And if I win, then immediately fire the entire Mt&aS Council.

Blogger camcleat December 17, 2018 8:42 AM  

"The current owners are trying to sell [Twitter], and NOBODY WANTS IT."

That's been going on a couple of years, hasn't it?

I remember telling my sister in mid 2016 that I doubted Twitter would survive beyond '17. I was off a bit because I did not predict one or two infusions of outside cash to keep it afloat.

Blogger Gregory the Great December 17, 2018 8:44 AM  

why can you not get hold of it? Have you tried Amazon UK?

Blogger Oliver Murray December 17, 2018 9:18 AM  

Yes, very interested in buying audiobooks directly from Arkhaven.

Blogger James Dixon December 17, 2018 9:30 AM  

> why can you not get hold of it? Have you tried Amazon UK?

It's only for sale in the US due to copyright restrictions.

If you're outside the US, you'll have to contact someone there to get it for you.

Blogger SchrefflerFamily December 17, 2018 9:38 AM  

I listen to a LOT of audio books -- and have ever since 2001 (at least. I have books on audible from January 2001 that I still download and listen to whenever I have the urge to hear them again). Over those years, I have purchased/downloaded books from many sources. But yes, I prefer audible (either "purchased" using credits or bought (usually on sale)). It became even more convenient when they merged with Amazon. (And I eventually went from my audible login to merging the amazon login with it) since I can sometimes buy the Kindle book and get the audio at the same time for not much money. But I have even purchased titles AGAIN on Audible that I had in CD Form (David Weber's Safehold series, in particular) due to the convenience of listening to them through the audible app. I have some missionary biographies from chrisitanaudio and the christianaudio app on my phone for listening to them since they were not available on audible. And I have an app called Bookmobile that I use for mp3s I purchase/get free elsewhere (SYNC posts 2 audiobooks free every week every summer. Though the last summers have not been as good as the first few i hit) that I want to listen to bad enough to remember to open a different app. But most of my actual time listening to audiobooks ends up being on audible because it is so easy to manage the files and to actually listen to. So yes, if a audio book was available both on and off audible, I'd likely go through audible to get it.

Blogger jaericho December 17, 2018 11:07 AM  

Just ordered both audiobooks but A Magic Broken is missing part 01 on the page displayed after I purchased it. I also went to the downloads section of my account and it's missing from there as well.

Anyone else experiencing this?

Blogger jaericho December 17, 2018 11:14 AM  

It might just be a mistake on the webpage. The downloaded files are 0-4, but the links say 0,2-5.

Blogger Alt London December 17, 2018 11:45 AM  

I haven't read through all the other comments, so apologies if I'm repeating what's already been stated ad nauseum:

From my point of view, the benefits of using Audible are all in the client software that is used to consume the audiobooks - cloud storage & retrieval, portability and consistency across disparate devices, bookmarks, skip forward and back, sleep timer etc. It's incredibly difficult using whatever random MP3 player software to re-find your place if you lose it/fall asleep etc.. plus none of the other stuff is available at all, since it is only applicable to spoken word format, which most MP3 players aren't geared up for.

That's before we get to whispersync for transition between reading and listening.

Quite frankly, there are thousands of audiobooks available on bittorrent etc, but they almost aren't worth getting for nothing (quite apart from the legal and moral questions) when they're so awkward to listen to outside of a pukka audiobook player client.

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 17, 2018 12:01 PM  

Precisely.

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