Bonnier and Storytel enter war of words over audiobook fees

Bonnier and Storytel enter war of words over audiobook fees

Bonnierförlagen, Sweden’s largest publisher and part of Bonnier Books, has ceased supplying new audiobooks to the country’s largest streaming platform, Storytel, in a row that could shape how subscription services compensate publishers and authors.

The dispute is over how Storytel reimburses Bonnierförlagen for the consumption of its audiobooks. Bonnier is one of only a few publishers paid on a per title basis—thought to be around SEK50 (£4) for each listen. However, for most publishers Storytel uses as standard a revenue share model, whereby publishers are paid based on a percentage of ...

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