Do you care if the person reading the audio book out loud to you is a celebrity? Audible, the “the largest producer and seller of digital audio books”, thinks you do. According to an article in the LA Times Books section (love!), Audible is commissioning big names like “Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson” to record audio books of their choice. Audible is paying these celebrities “unusually high fees for their services” (unusually high for voice actors?). It is unclear if these higher fees will translate into higher prices for Audible consumers. (Although many of Audible customers are subscribers who pay a fixed fee per month to buy “credits” that can be exchanged at a 1-to-1 rate for books, some books do require more credits than others.)
What do you think? Would you pay more to have a book read to you by Dustin Hoffman than Stephen Hoye?
PS. My first poll! Woohoo!