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Making Of: A Word From the Audio Producer on the Challenges Of Pickle Pie

Luke Rounda has a post about the challenges he faced when he turned Pickle Pie into an audiobook.

Blood runs pink in the latest Vernacular Audiocollaboration with postmodern Greek mythologist and science fiction writer George Saoulidis!
In an all-too-plausible near future Athens, popularity is queen. Debt slavery is not only legal, it’s been gamified. It even has an official bloodsport: Jugger.
Jugger’s playerbase of ruined and exploited female athletes paint the town pink with blood—‘shopped for streaming to all ages.
Inside and outside the Arena, perverts, crony capitalists, and cyborg deathknights run the streets.
But with the help of a gutsy cyberpink girl and a savvy Veil hacker, the bankrupt smithy who crafts the elite their armor suits is about to rewrite the playbook…

Luke Rounda at Vernacular Audio

Read the rest of the post here https://vernacular.audio/pickle-pie/ and find the Pickle Pie audiobook on this page.

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There are many deals to choose from, but one of the best is the Audible deal. We love audiobooks, we listen to them, we produce them, we even recommend some to you.

If you have an Audible subscription already, visit our Audiobooks page for a listening library.

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Our projects will always be DRM-free

At Mythography we create mainly digital goods, so that is a decision that is not taken lightly.

DRM does not work as advertised, and results in a poor customer experience.

Piracy is of course a big issue, but we believe that people who want to support a project will happily buy the original. We do that all the time, we buy the original copy and support the creators.

We do not advocate piracy, nor are we against digital goods protection. We have been burned by DRM as consumers many times and we do not want a single one of our customers to feel the same way. DRM creates issues even with legitimate uses, transferring your original digital goods to a new device, reading the same book on your brother’s tablet, backing up the stuff you bought on your computer to do a format, not having access to workshop UGC on Steam etc. Even being offline on a trip or during a move is troublesome.

We are not lobbying against DRM like these guys do for example in their informative site, but we like the fact that Amazon has given us the choice as publishers to implement DRM or not in our products.

We are simply saying that our choice will always be DRM-free.

If you’re looking for more publishing houses that advocate DRM-free, Baen Books is one of the biggest with the same ideology. You bought it, you own it.

2016 UPDATE. After the Nook store closing in the UK, there are people who will see content that they have paid for simply vanish. Steps are being made to ensure people get moved to another service, as described in this article, but this shows how flawed the DRM system is.

2016 UPDATE #2. We have partnered up with the amazing Streetlib team from Italy, for expanded Europe distribution. Their DRM is “soft,” just a watermark that never prohibits a user from copying his files into another of his devices. They assure us it is so and they seem to agree with us, but if anything changes we will make sure to address that.

2016 UPDATE #3. Regarding Audible. Before we get called out because of the Audible DRM, we need to explain ourselves on the audiobook issue. Audiobook production costs a few thousand, and Amazon’s ACX helps streamline that expensive process and reduce some of the costs through exclusivity. We hope the DRM it enforces on Audible products is not too damaging to the user experience. But you have to understand, that there is really no alternative to audiobook production and distribution. The only choices for now are either go with DRM and ACX, or simply not do audiobooks. We have made a decision to go with it on this particular channel, and are looking for any alternatives that might show up in the future.

2018 UPDATE #4. Streetlib has allowed even the watermark removed, so we’re going DRM-free even from that.

2018 UPDATE #5. After talking with our partners, the content provided through libraries does have DRM enabled. That allows “lending” of an ebook for a limited time, it gets disabled after the lending period is finished. That is the only way for libraries to enforce the distribution of ebooks through the system, giving out one copy per book only at the same time. Obviously this is a form of limiting DRM and it falls into the category we dislike, but it’s utilitarian.

2018 UPDATE #6. In this never-ending battle against this stupidity, Google Play books now shows our titles as DRM protected. However, our aggregator called PublishDrive assures us that it is simply a watermark, called soft-DRM.

2018 UPDATE #7. PublishDrive has removed all forms of DRM from our titles.