Friday, July 16, 2021

Listening to Audiobooks


Audiobooks which let you multitask, are a great way to listen to books while driving long distances, walking the dog, or laying on the beach.  And certainly, a wonderful way for blind people to easily enjoy books.

Audiobooks can be listened to on an iPod or iPhone/SmartPhone or MP3 player, even on most e-readers such as Kindle and Nook or your laptop.   If you’ve never tried an audiobook, give it a go. You may be pleasantly surprised!  Or maybe get addicted.  Here is where you can find audiobooks:



Let’s start with free audiobooks at your local library.  Having a library card allows you to borrow an audiobook for free, but also via the Overdrive and Hoopla apps (both are library suppliers).  These digital files are on loan from the library, and you eventually have to return them, so someone else can check them out.

To get started, borrow an audiobook that's available in the OverDrive Listen format or Hoopla Digital from your library. Due to the distribution rights of publishers, libraries have a finite number of digital audiobook files they can lend to their users at any one time.

This is one of the downsides of using a free library service – if one of the titles you want to listen to is currently being used by another patron, you end up on the waiting list. You have to order them again or you may want to invest in a paid subscription.


Kobo Audiobooks

$9.99 USD/month, £6.99 or CAD12.99 after a 30 day trial period - including a FREE audiobook. You can cancel anytime. Get one credit per month after trial, good for an audiobook of your choice regardless of price - choose from well over 100,000 titles. Keep all your audiobooks forever, even if you cancel

Currently, audiobooks in English and French are available to Kobo customers living in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Audiobooks from Kobo are in MP3 or MP4 format.

Apple Books

They have a large selection, especially of popular audiobooks.  Apple Books has about as many titles and popular books as Audible.  However, you do have to purchase them.  There isn't a membership program.  Everything you need is in the Apple Books app.  You can search for, download, and sync audiobooks.  Be aware that their online pricing might change from day to day.

To browse audiobooks, open the Apple Books app and tap the Audiobooks, tab at the bottom of the screen.  Explore new, featured, and trending audiobooks, or tap the Browse button at the top of the screen to see all genres and book store sections.


NOOK Audiobooks

Everyone can listen with the free NOOK Audiobooks app.  One of the most popular apps, it’s free to install and use on most phones and tablets.  Get it for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet.  And don’t miss the "Daily Find".


A library of more than 100.000 Audiobooks.  Listen to over 5,000 titles - unlimited. Use coins to unlock additional titles.  Try for free for three days.


Chapters-Indigo Canada

Find bestselling audiobooks from such authors as John Grisham, Michelle Obama, David Baldacci, Stuart Mclean, Bob Woodward, or James Patterson at their website or in one of their many stores all over Canada.



More than 125,000 incredible audiobooks will take you anywhere you want to go.  Get your first audiobook for free!  Once you've finished your free trial, you'll enjoy one audiobook every month for $14.95 (USD).  If one book just isn't enough, you can buy additional credits at any time.  Download or stream audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet with their free apps for iOS and Android.


Audio Books Now

Choose one bestseller premium audiobook for free with activation of the Club Pricing Plan 30 day free trial.  Club Pricing is a great way to save money on all your audiobook purchases.  With their monthly Club Plan, you'll get the first audiobook you purchase each month at 50% off, then you will receive the normal Club Price (35-40% off).  And, if you do not use your 50% discount, it automatically rolls over to the next month.  You can cancel your monthly Club Plan at any time.



You get more media options for less money (only $8.99) than with Audible – the membership also includes access to eBooks, magazines, sheet music, and documents.  Read free for 30 days.

After you spend your credits for the month, you can’t make additional purchases on the site.  It’s a good option for listeners who don’t get through more than one audiobook a month.



Playster’s monthly membership includes unlimited streaming and digital downloads, making it the best option if you listen to more than one book each month.  Similar to the Netflix model, you get access to a library of eBooks, games, music, movies, and audiobooks, and you can use everything as much as you want, but you also lose access to it all when you cancel your membership.



Add your first audiobook to the cart by choosing the $7.95 FlexPass Price. .This covers the cost of your first audiobook AND your first month of FlexPass™ membership.  Once enrolled, enjoy instant FlexPass™ savings on every audiobook you purchase (90% are priced at or below $12.95).  Buy as many audiobooks as you desire, as often as you like.  Head to the Apple App Store or Google Play and download our app, or listen on your computer.


Why Choose  It is the first audiobook company to make it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through your local bookstore.  Over 100,000 audiobooks to choose from.  The first month is free!

$14.99 (USD) monthly fee (one audiobook per month)

30% off additional audiobooks and gifted audiobooks.

Get a free iOS and Android App.  Your membership credits never expire.

Every purchase supports independent bookstores

Their audiobooks are DRM-Free (listen on multiple devices) Get recommendations from independent booksellers. Libro pays a fair rate to publishers and authors


Audible is a good choice if you listen to your favorite audiobooks over and over. This popular audiobook membership (with more than 300,000 titles) costs $14.95 per month.  The first book is free. It’s the best subscription service for its price, as long as you don’t listen to more than one or two audiobooks a month. Audible also has a plan that comes with two credits a month for only $11.48 per credit. While other audiobook subscription sites only allow you to borrow books, the ones you download on Audible are yours to keep. Even if you cancel your membership, you can still access your books on the app. And if you don’t like a book - just swap it for free!

Audible Silver Plan
While you can buy audiobooks from Audible outright, the service also offers a subscription that costs $15/month.  With it, you get one credit for a free book each month.  If you listen to a lot of audiobooks, that might be a good deal.  However, if you can stretch a single audiobook out over more than a month, then you can save a bit of money.  Audible has a hidden Silver plan that costs $15 every two months, instead of every month.  You still only get one free credit every time your subscription renews, but if six books a year is enough for you, then it’s a no-brainer.

The catch is, Audible doesn’t advertise the Silver plan.  You can’t even sign up for it without asking for it. If you want Audible Silver, head to this support link.  In the first section, select My Account. In the second section choose “Change or cancel my membership” for the first drop-down, then “Upgrade/downgrade my membership” from the second drop-down.  This will help make sure you reach the right person.  You can then contact Audible by chat, phone, or email there..\



Audiobook services with memberships, such as Audible, Kobo, and Playster are valuable for avid audiobook readers, but Barnes & Noble’s Nook audiobooks might be the cheapest retail alternative for infrequent listeners.  Last but not least: make sure that whatever platform you choose is compatible with your computer, smartphone, or tablet’s operating system.


How to Find Free Audio Books

Audible Free Trial Details

Get an audiobook of your choice, free with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible. Choose from more than 150,000 titles and exchange any book you don’t like - no questions asked.

Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle.  Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged.  Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.  Even if you opt-out of the trial, you still get to keep the Audible free audiobook.  Or keep going, it’s all up to you.  To get started click here:


OpenCulture Free Audiobooks

Download hundreds of free audiobooks, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.  Below, you'll find great works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.



Do you like to listen to audiobooks while driving or jogging?  LibriVox offers thousands of free public-domain audiobooks, even classics or out-of-print books.

Internet Archive

If you need access to historical and academic books, the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library is a great source.  17,737 audiobooks are available in different languages and formats.


Loyal Books

Loyal Books shares free audiobooks from titles in the public domain. Enjoy these free audiobooks and use the share button on to tell your friends about all these great public domain audiobooks.

Open Culture
At Open Culture you will not only find the open domain classics, but also stories by James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, and Virginia Woolf.  Or poetry by Maya Angelou and Charles Bukowski.
What’s more?  Get 1,300 free online courses from the world's leading universities --  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, and more.  You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university websites) straight to your computer or mp3 player.


Audiobook Rentals

First car rentals, then movie rentals, now digital audiobook rentals!

  • Save up to 70% off retail pricing
  • Get 30-60 days to complete an audiobook
  • Free up space on your device
  • Choose from thousands of titles and listen on your mobile device.


I hope this extensive list of audiobook suppliers - free, rented, or as a subscription model - gives you lots of incentives to listen to audiobooks.  Enjoy!




Monday, July 5, 2021

July Newsletter for Successful Publishing



Content of this July Newsletter:






Hello, Writer and Publisher Friends,

Welcome July, the month that seems to be dedicated to freedom, independence, and celebrations of country and culture! Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4) and Bastille Day (July 14) are only some of the many holidays that are celebrated this month. Enjoy BBQs and fireworks.  The time of so-called “Beach Reading” is now in full swing.  No matter if on a beach, a cottage, or during a cruise: Book lovers have often more time to indulge in books and to write reviews - or reading to their kids.  Why not spruce up your summer book marketing efforts, create book bundles or book giveaways at this time of the year?  You can even use the slogan: “Christmas in July”!



15 Health and Fitness Magazines That Want to Publish Your Work


Best Health Magazine

Reflects the health concerns and journeys of Canadian women and gender-diverse people. Looking to add stories ranging from expert-backed listicles to in-depth features and fresh first-person essays. Open to writers outside of Canada as long as the story focuses on Canadian voices and issues. Rates are the same for digital and print and start at $0.50 per word. Email


The Other Side of Hope

Refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only: Non-fiction, reviews, fiction, poetry, and interview submissions by anyone as long as the subject matter sheds light on the refugee and immigrant life. Payment: £100 per published author in the print issue, and £50 per published author in the online issue. Deadline: July 31



In print and online WIRED tells stories about how the world is changing, for better or worse, and try to explain why this change is happening. Submit vivid, tightly written stories packed with first-hand reporting and expert insight. Make sure you pitch it to the right section and in the right way: Work Smarter, Gear, and Features. Online: science, culture, gear, business, and security.


Scuba Diving Magazine 

Categories in the digital publication are News, Animal Encounters, Travel, Training, Gear, Conservation. In print, we seek Travel Features, Travel Roundup, Discovery, Science/Policy, and Special Issues.  Pays 25 cents/word.



Elizabeth Kiefer, Features Editor of Cosmopolitan, seeks juicy travel feature ideas. Wants narrative stories with twists and turns, interesting characters and locales, not pieces that function as PR/service/reviews. Rates are contingent on the piece but they pay very well. NOTE: Cosmo is known for paying $1 per word and up. Email:



New Jersey Artist Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists to help them pursue their artistic goals. Categories offered for the 2022 Fellowships are Digital/Electronic, Film/Video, Painting, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and Prose. Fellowship awards have ranged in the past from $4,000 - $17,500.  Deadline July 15


Jentel Arts Residencies

One month-long residency taking place January 15th – May 13th.  Any visual artist or writer over 25 currently residing in the United States or any US citizen living abroad is eligible. Each resident receives a $400 stipend. The cozy and comfortable writer studios have Wifi access. Location Banner, Wyoming. Deadline September 15


The Siena Art Institute’s 2022 Summer Residency Program 

One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center, as well as airfare. Deadline Sept 30


Monson Arts’ Residency Program 

Support for emerging & established artists & writers. During each of our 2-week & 4-week programs, 5 artists & 5 writers are invited to Maine’s North Woods. Get a private studio, all meals & a $1,000 stipend. Opens Aug. 1 - Deadline Sept 15.



Wells Short Story Competition.  Writers must be 21 or under on July 5. Those over 21 can enter for a fee.

Short story on the theme of "Mask." Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Prize: £1,000.  Deadline: July 12


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. 

Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, published between May 19, 2021 - Sept 30, 2021.  Literary nonfiction including, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography.  Prize: Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000.  Deadline: July 14


Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards

Scottish writers over 18 years of age. Prize: £2,000 and personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals. Training in PR, performance and presentation training, and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents.  Deadline: July 14


Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction. Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Prize: $25,000 will be awarded to a novel or short-story collection published between May 19, 2021 - Sept 30, 2021. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists.  Deadline: July 14


Boardman Tasker Prize

The prize will be awarded for a work first published or distributed in the UK between July 15th 2020 - 17th July 2021. Genre: Books with a mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, written in the English language.  Prize: £3,000.00.  Deadline: July 17


Your summer vacation will be a great time to relax, spend time in nature, unplug from your computer/smartphone, and read lots of books. Experience time apart from daily concerns, and gather ideas for new books you will write in the future. Have a wonderful July!



Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann: 
To the TOP Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed ebook: print: ebook: 

  Audiobooks for Success Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks. 1

11 Tips to Create Impressive Videos How to Plan, Create, Upload, and Market Videos   

  111 Tips To Make (More) Money With Writing The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing – An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer   

  111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success   

  111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links   
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer How to Create, Where to Upload, and How to Market Your Videos   

Book Marketing on a Shoestring How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money 


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Guest Author Feature – D.G. Kaye interviewed me for her blog


111 Tips to get Free Book Reviews

I am thrilled to introduce you all to Doris Heilmann, author, and publisher at 111 Publishing.  Doris is the ‘woman behind the curtain’ at 

Many of you who like to stay current with what’s happening in the publishing world may be familiar with Doris and her most informative website. 

She contributes a myriad of articles on current events in marketing for authors.  
Doris is a freelance writer, writing coach, and also author of several books on book marketing. 

I recently wrote a book review on another book of hers, a most informative guide for writers, Book Marketing on a Shoestring, and today we’re going to get to know a little more about Doris and her latest book, 111 Tips to get Free Book Reviews, as well as learn more about Amazon and reading and writing reviews.

Read the whole story here:




Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:

To the TOP

Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed




Audiobooks for Success

Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks.

111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos

111 Tips To Make (More) Money With Writing
The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing -
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer

111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success

111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews
Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews
plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links

111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer
How to Create, Where to Upload, and How to Market Your Videos

Book Marketing on a Shoestring
How Authors Can Promote their Books 

Without Spending a Lot of Money

Hello Friends, visit my Author Page here:

Books by Doris Daily:


Memoirs of an Executive Pilot


To Live is to Fly


Piloten Ausbildung, Jobsuche und Berufsalltag

(in deutscher Sprache - print & ebook)