Check out the new Amazon Author Central Pages at Audible (for Audio Books) + a couple of tips

AUDIBLE AUTHOR PAGES

Author pages created via Amazon’s Author Central now automatically feed into Audible.com (an Amazon company for audio books).

You can see a screenshot of my Audible author page above.

When I visit Audible’s home page,

https://www.audible.com

it shows me a few best sellers, but doesn’t offer any obvious way to search for audio books.

What the site wants is for me to sign in with my Amazon.com account to initiate a 30-day free trial.

But I’m not ready to begin a trial. That’s nice to know, but why not wait until you’re ready to begin your trial?

So here is a way around this problem:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of Audible’s home page.
  2. Click the New Releases link (even if you don’t want to explore New Releases).
  3. Now you will see a search field at the top right corner. This will let you search the entire store, not just new releases.

I followed those steps to search the entire Audible store for audio books without having to login with an account.

ARE YOU AN AUTHOR?

If so, here is another handy tip for you.

When I searched for my audio book (Why Do We Have to Go to School?) and clicked the link to open its Audible page, I got a ridiculously long URL:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Why-Do-We-Have-to-Go-to-School-Audiobook/B0114RR08M?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=1RT6R6GKVHXDMZP5B2VX&

Of course, I could have shortened it on my blog because I can make the Text to Display different from the full URL, but I wanted to show you how ridiculously long that URL is.

There is a simple way to shorten it without having to create a special link or apply HTML.

The trick is to find your ASIN. It’s already there. If you look at the long URL above, you will see the following ASIN (just after Audiobook):

B0114RR08M

Copy and paste this ASIN. Next, copy and paste the beginning of the Audible URL, which is https://www.audible.com/pd/ and join them together. When I do this, I get the following short link, which works:

https://www.audible.com/pd/B0114RR08M

That’s a handy short link to use to share your Audible audio book page.

There is a similar trick at Amazon for print books and Kindle eBooks. First find your ISBN or ASIN, and join this to https://www.amazon.com/dp/ like my example below. But my example below ‘looks’ different from my example above. When I placed my ISBN, 1512044288, at the end of https://www.amazon.com/dp/ to make the URL, it automatically turned into the Kindle Instant Preview for the Kindle edition (even though I used the ISBN for the print edition—the two editions are linked together at Amazon, so it doesn’t matter). I don’t see a URL below: Instead I see a picture of the front cover, a Buy on Amazon button, a Share button, and a button to click to see a Free Preview (but since this is a print replica book created with the Kindle Textbook Creator, it just says that the preview isn’t available—if you have a reflowable Kindle eBook, like most eBooks, you would instead see a free preview).

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

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Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers

  • Volume 1 on formatting and publishing
  • Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
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  • Kindle Formatting Magic (coming soon)

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