Anforderungen von Audible für Hörbücher
Februar 25, 2024 Von Christian Gera

Anforderungen von Audible für Hörbücher

Audible’s requirements for audio books are high. In this blog article, I’ll show you in a 15-minute practical video lesson (small excerpt from the Audiobook Narrator Titan Training) how you can master everything for audiobooks on Audible using the cheapest equipment.

Here you will receive your promised 15-minute basic training to try out your voice:

Just the basics to get started. No professional chatter: just simple implementation to look over your shoulder. This is how you can put an audio book on Audible with the cheapest equipment. For everyone who just wants to get a taste of whether becoming an audio book speaker is something for them. Also from a technical point of view – to overcome a few hurdles and make the job profile of an audio book speaker more tangible. Fire free:

In summary, you can crack Audible’s high requirements for audio books because…

… this is also how you get through:

  • Minimal costs for equipment such as micro
  • Easy-to-use, free recording software
  • the right 1 to 1 over the shoulder settings
  • the how-to for noise reduction
  • the right settings to be accepted at Audible
  • plus: The correct export for your MP3 file

We’ll get to the professional tools and cutting/professional recording techniques right up to the recording studio later on in the audio book narrator titan.

This is everything you should know to start your business.

That’s exactly how I started small and convinced my first customers.

I think you can do that too, right? Here you can come to the Audiobook Narrator Titan training if you want to learn EVERYTHING (CLICK) .

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By the way: Audible’s design requirements for the cover are often a hurdle. Here is also a quick digression:

Here are the things an audiobook cover must meet in order to be accepted by Audible and other platforms:

  • Our audiobook cover must be square, with a size of at least 3000 x 3000 pixels and a maximum of 4000 x 4000 pixels, definitely not upscaled.
  • It must not be blurry or pixelated under any circumstances, the artwork must be clear and sharp.
  • We shouldn’t have empty borders as filler, the cover must completely fill the square.
  • The file should be in JPG format, in RGB color mode and at least 72 dpi.
  • Titles and subtitles must of course be present, as well as the names of the contributors and publisher if they are specified in the metadata. If there is a series or volume, we can also indicate that on the cover, but only if it is already in the metadata.
  • No additional information such as length, format, URLs or codes on the cover. Also no logos of other brands or the name of the cover designer.
  • Pricing statements such as „special price“ or „low price“ are not permitted, nor are references to physical products.
  • And of course no pornographic or offensive images on the cover.
  • If the background is mostly white, there should be a black border with a thickness of 1 pixel at the very edge, this provides good contrast.
  • Our audio book cover may well be different from the cover of the eBook or paperback, but for recognition it is often good to use similar designs.

It’s best to have the audio book cover created professionally, or we can do it ourselves with Canva (but only in the paid version), as you can edit the size and quality here or download it for use on Audible.

My very personal conclusion again in the summary of all of Audible’s requirements:

Just do it, even if the hurdles seem really high „initially“ – in the end they aren’t. You just have to pay attention to the little things and please always see it from the perspective of your listeners: They want to enjoy a nice listening experience because they spend their free time doing it. And that is a valuable asset these days in the dreary gray of our everyday lives.

Here are Audible’s technical requirements if you, as an audiobook speaker, want to upload an audiobook to take notes (see also in the video above):

  1. Audio format : The audiobook must be in MP3 or Enhanced AAC (M4B) audiobook format.
  2. Bitrate : The recommended bitrate is 64 kbps to 128 kbps for voice and 256 kbps for music. I always set 192 Kbps and that never causes any problems.
  3. Mono or Stereo : The audio file can be in mono or stereo. Mono is sufficient for speech, stereo is recommended for audio books with music.
  4. Sample Rate : The recommended sample rate is 44.1 kHz.
  5. File size : A single file cannot be larger than 170 MB. If the audiobook is longer, the chapters need to be divided into files.
  6. Chapter Markers : It is recommended to have chapter markers in the audio file so that listeners can easily navigate between sections.
  7. Metadata : The audio file must contain the correct metadata such as title, author, album title, genre, and description of the audiobook.
  8. Cover image : As already mentioned above in the text, the audio book cover must also meet the requirements: square, at least 3000 x 3000 pixels, JPG in RGB color mode, etc.
  9. Correct Length : The length of the audiobook must match the metadata provided in the upload process.
  10. Quality Assurance : It is recommended to check the audiobook for quality before uploading to ensure that it sounds good and has no noise or problems.

These are Audible’s basic technical requirements for uploading an audiobook. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure that the audiobook appears smoothly on the platform and can be enjoyed by listeners.

I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive answer and this blog article will help you with your recordings for Audible.

I also had a bit of trouble with it at the beginning; But I’ve now made peace with Audible (even if they still sometimes take a really long time to publish 🙂 ).

In that sense: Happy creating! The answer is art!

Kind regards, your Christian Gera

PS: Start your audiobook speaker training right here (CLICK) or discuss it in Germany’s first audiobook speaker community on Skool. You are cordially invited.

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