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How Does BookFunnel Deliver Audiobooks?

Audiobook delivery is currently in beta. Read the blog post.

How do readers listen?

Most readers will listen to your audiobook in the BookFunnel app. You, lovely author, can make listeners extra happy by also allowing streaming in the BookFunnel cloud player and (or!) DRM-free MP3 downloads.

Audiobooks in the BookFunnel App

The BookFunnel app is designed for audiobooks.

It’s not a music or podcasting app that can technically play audiobooks but isn’t quite an “audiobook app.” Nope, the BookFunnel app is exactly what audiobook lovers expect! All of the required elements are present: simple design, playback speed control, bookmarks, and the oh-so-important sleep timer.

The BookFunnel App is supported on devices running at least Android 5.1, iOS 11, and Amazon Fire Tablet 5th Generation.

Get the BookFunnel app!

Some people don’t have a modern mobile device, or they prefer to listen to audiobooks on their computer or dedicated MP3 player. You can optionally allow readers to stream the audiobook in the BookFunnel cloud player or download DRM-free MP3 files.

Stream on Any Device Using the Cloud Player

You can optionally allow listeners to stream your audiobook using their internet browser. All modern browsers are supported (even Chrome on Windows XP!), so anyone that can watch a YouTube video can also listen to your audiobook.

If you enable the cloud player, readers can log into their BookFunnel Library and click the book to start listening. No app install or storage space required.

DRM-Free MP3 Downloads

When you upload a new audiobook to BookFunnel, DRM-free MP3 downloads are optional. We want every person that receives your audiobook to be able to listen to it!

If you enable DRM-free MP3 downloads, readers can download the MP3s from their BookFunnel Library by visiting my.bookfunnel.com and logging in with the email address used to claim or purchase the audiobook. The BookFunnel app does not yet support DRM-free MP3 downloads.

Don’t want readers to listen outside of the BookFunnel app and cloud player? Don’t allow MP3 downloads. If you enabled MP3 downloads and have now changed your mind, simply edit your audiobook and uncheck Allow readers to download DRM-free MP3 files on the edit form. You can change this setting at any time and changes are instantaneous.

If you don’t allow readers to listen in the cloud player or to download DRM-free MP3 files, some of your readers will not be able to listen to your audiobook.

* Please note: MP3 downloads are disabled on every audiobook created before February 23, 2021. To allow MP3 downloads on older audiobooks, just edit the audiobook!

How to Enable or Disable the Cloud Player or MP3 Downloads

Select the listening options allowed on each audiobook

You can allow readers to listen in the cloud or download MP3s by editing the audiobook settings. It is just as simple to disable the cloud player and/or MP3 downloads.

To enable the cloud player and/or MP3 downloads:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the title of your audiobook
  3. Click the Action button and select Edit Book Details
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the edit form
  5. Check the appropriate Allow tickbox
  6. Click Save and Close
Your audiobook will indicate which listening options are allowed

To disable the cloud player and/or MP3 downloads:

  1. Click Books on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the title of your audiobook
  3. Click the Action button and select Edit Book Details
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the edit form
  5. Uncheck the appropriate tickbox
  6. Click Save and Close
Your audiobook will indicate which listening options are disabled.

How Readers Can Add an Audiobook to the BookFunnel App

A reader can add the book to their app using a BookFunnel code or by logging into the app using the email address they provided when they purchased or claimed a copy of your book.

Readers will not have access to the MP3s and can’t listen to the book outside of the BookFunnel app. You’ll want to make sure that your landing page clearly states that readers must install the BookFunnel App in order to listen to the audiobook. We want to manage expectations early so that everyone is happy! 

Want to give our amazing new audiobook app a whirl? Let us know! Include the email address you would like the audiobook to be sent to (if other than your account email).

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