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Monday, January 11, 2016

Expanding the audio front

A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind Audible – Unabridged. Martin van Creveld (Author), Jon Mollison (Narrator).

There are few better suited to write the history of strategy and military thought than Dr. Martin van Creveld, who has been a significant contributor to the literature of war. A professor emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dr. van Creveld is one of the world's leading writers on military history and strategy, with a special interest in the future of war. He is fluent in Hebrew, German, Dutch, and English and has authored more than 20 books, including the influential Technology and War: 2000 BC to the Present (1988), The Transformation of War (1991), and The Culture of War (2010). He is known for his development of the concept of "nontrinitarian" warfare as well as contributing two books to the 4GW canon.

Featuring a foreword by Dr. Jerrry Pournelle, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind begins with the Chinese military literature, then reviews the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works before proceeding to the Middle Ages. From Machiavelli and Montecuccoli to Guibert and Frederick the Great, van Creveld chronicles the gradual transition from medieval to Napoleonic warfare and onward into the nuclear age and the rise of ISIS.

We're very pleased to announce our second audio book, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind, and to be able to let you know that many more are on the way, including Awake in the Night Land, SJWs Always Lie, and There Will Be War Vol. X. And if you haven't heard it yet, you'll likely want to check out the audio sample of Cuckservative: How "Conservatives" Betrayed America as well.

Our goal is to have all Castalia House books available in audio by the end of 2016. I know most of the readers of this text-heavy blog prefer ebooks to audio, but if you've got friends who prefer the latter, do us a favor and let them know about our audiobook line.

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24 Comments:

Anonymous VFM 6016 January 11, 2016 8:03 AM  

Really happy to hear this plan for 2016 since I listen to more books than I read.

Blogger Nate January 11, 2016 8:56 AM  

any one who spends a lot of time in a car, on a motorcycle, or on a tractor, has a deep appreciation for audiobooks.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 11, 2016 8:58 AM  

@2

Seconded.

Too bad I've read almost all the Castalia books.

Hey Nate, did you ever read that novel I sent you? Viidad did, and he said he liked it, but Viidad's tastes don't always translate...

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 11, 2016 10:03 AM  

Ditto, audio much appreciated.

Blogger John S January 11, 2016 10:16 AM  

Glad to hear this. I drive all day and audiobooks are my primary means of "reading". I picked up Cuckservative yesterday, will dig into it soon.

I would advise all the ilk to subscribe to audible's daily deal email. You don't have to be a member to buy, and I've found things like E.B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa" a 14 hour book for $4.95. Not bad. You'll get a lot of wereseal romances for every gem like that, but still...

Anonymous glenleslie January 11, 2016 11:19 AM  

Is there any way to publish on a platform other than audible? It gives me DRM fever. Not that I'm looking for an open format to spread around and violate licensing... it's just that digital media formats fade like the dying grass.

I know ChristianAudio, for example, gives the option of MP3 download for its audiobooks and... i would think that option is more in line with Castalia House' verve than Amazonian juggernaut?

Anonymous glenleslie January 11, 2016 11:28 AM  

and... if Amazon is the only way to go, can you enable the option to add audio for a small additional fee once the Kindle version is purchased? This seems to be an overt option an Amazon author has to enable. (I just purchased Cuckservative on Kindle between posts here and don't see the audio "add-on" option-- there's only the all or nothing-- join Audible or ... no audio).

Anonymous #1037 January 11, 2016 11:45 AM  

Great news. I listen to a ton of audiobooks on my commute.

Blogger John S January 11, 2016 12:13 PM  

(I just purchased Cuckservative on Kindle between posts here and don't see the audio "add-on" option-- there's only the all or nothing-- join Audible or ... no audio).

Wrong. As I said, you don't need to be a member to buy from audible.com. Members get a %30 discount, but anyone can buy.

I already had the Cuckservative ebook, too; but I don't mind throwing our host a few extra shekels.

Blogger John S January 11, 2016 12:37 PM  

Maybe I should clarify: you have to create an account, so you can login from any device and download books (up to 5,i think). But you aren't required to pay a monthly subscription.

As to digital formats changing, audible has been around for more than 10 years and is owned by Amazon, so...

Also, if you use an ipod/phone, don't bother with the itunes audiobook store. Use the audible app, because the itunes audiobooks come from audible.com anyway, but if you buy from iTunes and forgot to back up your hard drive and lose your audiobooks (guilty) they're gone. Buying straight from audible.com, you can delete and re-download any time you like.

Anonymous glenleslie January 11, 2016 1:00 PM  

right. i was commenting more about the signup and buying a full price audio book after having just shelled out for a Kindle book. At this stage, I don't mind doing it for this author. As Castalia's offering expands, it would be good to see the discounted audio which is supported directly in Kindle on every platform (it's still Audible but embedded in the Kindle app).

Blogger VD January 11, 2016 1:28 PM  

As Castalia's offering expands, it would be good to see the discounted audio which is supported directly in Kindle on every platform

How is this done? I don't see any options related to audio in KDP.

Blogger John S January 11, 2016 1:53 PM  

I think it's called wispersync. Here's the link: Wispersync

Anonymous glenleslie January 11, 2016 3:33 PM  

It's the "audio companion" option. This seems to be a distinct option for book authors. I first noticed it last month when I bought Mike S Adams "Letters to a Young Progressive..."

When I purchased the book, the audio was available for US$2.99. It's actually Audible embedded in the Kindle software (not sure when this came to be but I looked on my Android phone when I downloaded the audio and looked around there were .AAX files on the device).

This is different than buying the full Audible ($14.95 - the discount JS mentions (30%) == US$10.40 ). Not to pick at the amounts as things are getting started at Castalia but it does seem to be something the author has to overtly setup.

Anyway, VD responded. I'm sure if it makes sense it will happen. If not (as I can imagine Amazon is taking a hefty cut), no worries.

Blogger Markku January 11, 2016 3:44 PM  

It's not available to us due to being a European company.

Blogger Markku January 11, 2016 3:45 PM  

(Or, it would be in Great Britain, but not the rest of Europe)

Blogger Horn of the Mark January 11, 2016 3:50 PM  

Excellent news. I buy most of the Castalia House books, but I haven't gotten around to reading even half of what's on my Kindle. I'll dip again for these since I consume a lot of audio content.

As for the proprietary file type, you can easily convert aax to mp3 with a free piece of software. The one I've used leaves you with one, unbroken mp3, unfortunately, but at least you have it.

Anonymous glenleslie January 11, 2016 4:12 PM  

HotM - which one are you referring to? the ones I've seen play the AAX back through Audible and record it as it's playing.

Blogger Michael Maier January 11, 2016 6:03 PM  

3. Thomas Davidsmeier January 11, 2016 8:58 AM

Hey Nate, did you ever read that novel I sent you? Viidad did, and he said he liked it, but Viidad's tastes don't always translate...


I don't think you know how true your own comment is... unless you've bought Viidad's CD, that is.

Blogger Dave January 11, 2016 6:29 PM  

Amazon calls it an "Audio Upgrade". I checked my Kindle library and maybe 5% had this option. Didn't see anything below $1.99, a few $2.99 or $3.99. But for instance Neuromancer by Gibson, the audio upgrade is $9.99

Whispersync appears to be how Amazon permits the user to switch from reading to listening or back on one device or across devices.

"Immersion Reading" is intriguing. The text is highlighted while listening to the narration for better reading comprehension. Good for kids or non English speakers.

Hopefully CH can pursue this audio upgrade further. I'm not sure why they would exclude Europe; need to question that? Slow rolling the program?


Blogger Markku January 11, 2016 6:34 PM  

need to question that?

Audible is still an independent company, although it is owned by Amazon. In order to make royalty payments to all the world, instead of just three countries, requires SO much more bureaucracy.

Blogger VD January 11, 2016 7:02 PM  

Hopefully CH can pursue this audio upgrade further. I'm not sure why they would exclude Europe; need to question that?

We cannot. There is no possible way. If we could, we would.

Blogger Dave January 11, 2016 7:27 PM  

All right then, soldier on.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 11, 2016 7:45 PM  

@19

I did the Friday Challenge awhile back when he was doing it. You should read his Halloween story about "bears."

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