The Case of the Disappearing Audiobooks

Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, Ackermann's Rpository April 1809

A while back, some of my readers alerted me to a problem with my audiobooks. They were unable to re-download two of the Dressmakers books, Silk is for Seduction and Vixen in Velvet, which they’d previously bought.

Upon checking with my publisher, I learned that the audio sublicenses for these two books had ended. I will not attempt to explain sublicenses or why I can’t just push a button and get things back into print or audio or eBook. I understand it, but explaining it is beyond my powers of articulation. Also boring.

What I still don’t understand is why, once readers have bought the audiobook, they can’t have access to it forever, the same as a print book.

What I can tell you in this particular case is, a license expired and has to be renewed. Apparently, this takes rather longer than it does to renew your driver’s license, because the restart involves a lot of different contracts & technical matters. All this will take a couple of months. Amazon has the two audiobooks as becoming available on 12 November.

I’m very sorry for the aggravation. I am not sure why it happened, but I can say that my publisher immediately went to work to fix it.

Thank you to the readers who let me know, so that we could get the repair process going. And thanks to all of you for being so patient with the vagaries of publishing* as well as my writing!

*My readers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are all too familiar with that special circle of hell known as sublicensing.