The Malone Report
April 2017, Issue #1701
Come What May the Audiobook Coming Soon
I’m pleased to announce that Come What May, the first novel in the Ben Malone Mysteries series will be available as an audiobook in May 2017.
The contract has been signed and production has begun. The audiobook is being produced and narrated by Michael Hanko. It will be distributed by Audiobook Creation Exchange and available from Amazon, Apple iTunes Store, and Audible.com.
I’m really excited about this first venture into audiobook production for several reasons.
First, publishing industry analysts say that audiobooks are currently the fastest growing format publishing. While book sales in print and digital formats are struggling, audiobook sales are exploding, up 38.1 percent in 2015. While the 2016 figures haven’t been released, analysts expect audiobook sales to be up by as much as 40 percent, year on year.
Membership in audiobook sites like Audible is also growing at a rate of about 40 percent year on year according to Tracey Markham, country manager for Audible. More people are learning how audiobooks fit into their busy lifestyles.
Publishing the Malone novels in audiobook format offers the chance for me to connect with “readers” who may never pick up a printed copy of the novels or download a digital version to an eReader device.
Another reason I’m really excited about Come What May, the audiobook, is that I was blown away while listening to the first 15-minute sample produced by Michael Hanko. His voice is a perfect fit for the book and frankly, I found listening to the first sample nothing short of mesmerizing. I can’t wait to listen to the entire thing once the product has been completed.
If you are an audiobook fan, plan on grabbing a copy of Come What May early next month.
First Translation of Come What May
The upcoming release in audiobook format is not the only exciting news this month regarding Come What May.
A contract has also been signed with Italian translator Eva Melisa Mastroianni, of Italy, to translate the first Malone novel into Italian. The Italian language version will be distributed worldwide by literary translation site Babelcube.
Having a book translated into another language is another first for me and something I’m really stoked about. I’m in the process of looking for translators to translate the Malone series into other languages as well like German, Spanish, and French. Ther eare plenty of mystery and thriller readers outside English speaking countries, and every reader should have the opportunity to read a book in his or her native language, whether able to read an English version or not.
I’ll provide updates on the availability of Qualunque Cosa Accada, once the translation has been completed.
Expanded Distribution in Place for Come What May
Did you know that Come What May is now available from all major electronic book outlets?
Last month I announced that the first Malone novel eBook edition was leaving KDP Select and moving to wide distribution. Published with Draft2Digital, the book is now available from Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, Inktera, 24 Symbols, Indigo, Angus & Robertson, Mondadori Store, as well as Amazon Kindle.
You can easily find Come What May at your preferred eBook retailer by clicking on this handy Books2Read universal book link.
Don’t forget that time is running out on the March Madness 99¢ Sale. The offer is good wherever the eBook version of Come What May is sold. The NCAA Basketball Tournament is down to the Elite Eight and the March Madness offer expires on March 31. Grab your discounted copy today before the book returns to regular price on April 1, 2017, at all retailers.