Answers to Your Questions

Q: How do I load my audiobook in to iTunes/iPod?

Although importing CDs is easy to do with iTunes, it is optimized for music CDs. It can take quite a bit of trial and error to come up with a recipe that works well and are reasonable in size and quality. This file describes the process – Download File

Q: Didn’t you have a review program? I want to review one of your audio books!

It’s true, we did have a review program for bloggers, but it is currently inactive due to the amount of time it took to manage the program as a whole. We hope to revive the program in the future though! In the meantime, we encourage you to let us know if you’d like to review something and we’ll do our best to hook you up. Send a note to review@oasisaudio.com and let us know what title you’re interested in, as well as a little information about yourself and your blog/publication if we haven’t worked with you before.

Q: What is the best MP3 player to use with audiobooks?

There are a number of MP3 players that will work with audiobooks. One important factor is capacity, as audiobooks are usually rather large in MP3 format. It’s also worth noting that smartphones are great devices for playing audio book MP3 files as well.

Q: I’m confused. What’s the difference between a CD and an MP3 CD?

A: Each has its own benefits. Standard audio CDs are playable in almost all CD players, and import well into iTunes and other computer software. MP3 CDs can pack more audio onto a single disc at a lower bitrate, often resulting in a lower price for the user. One drawback is that they don’t work in all CD players (look for an “MP3-compatible” label). The files can still be transferred from the MP3 disc to computer software or another device, but it sometimes requires the user to be a little more tech-savvy.

Q: I want some of these books, but I’d really rather not pay. Is it okay if I do some pirating?

A: No, but thanks for asking. However, if there is an Oasis Audio title you are eyeing, but don’t have much money to spend, we highly recommend the library! Libraries are great. We make all our titles available for purchase to your local librarians, so if there’s a CD you are looking for and they don’t have it, just let them know and they can usually order a copy. Additionally, we work with partners such as OverDrive, EBSCOhost, Recorded Books OneClickdigital and Catalist Digital to provide digital downloads of our titles to library patrons. Ask your local librarian for more info!

Q: How do I get my book published in audio?

A: Getting a book published in audio is just as difficult, if not more difficult, as getting a book published in print. Keep in mind that not all books would make good or entertaining audiobooks. Publishers base their decision on the potential market value of the book, i.e., will people buy it? Publishers prefer to release the audio version of a book in conjunction with the release of the print copy of the book. It is best to use an agent to facilitate this endeavor. Publishers prefer to work with agents, especially those they know, rather than directly with the author.

Q: Can I be an Oasis Audio narrator? Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

A: Maybe! Find out more info about submitting a demo on our Reader Auditions page.

Q: Are there copyright issues with recording someone reading a book?

A: Publishers hold the copyright to the content of each audiobook and audiobooks may not be reproduced (just like printed books) as it is considered copyright infringement.

Q: What is an ‘abridged’ audiobook?

A: Most of our products are audio productions of the complete, unaltered print edition. Sometimes, though, a professional abridger “edits” the work from the original text to encompass the essence of the story while maintaining characterizations, plotlines and style. Most abridgements are done with author approval. Just as many book-based movies do justice to the book while not including every single scene, so an abridgement strives for the same goal of staying true to the spirit and content of the book.

Q: How can I learn more about the audiobook industry?

A: Go to www.audiopub.org

If you have questions that are not covered here, or if you need more information, please contact us at questions@oasisaudio.com