March 24, 2008 — In its first month on Podiobooks.com’s audio book charts, The Onion Files has cracked the Podiobooks Top Ten. This is a “list of the most popular books by number of subscriptions in the last thirty days,” says Podiobooks.com’s co-founder, Evo Terra. Currently Major General Val Pattee’s spy thriller is at the number 6 spot.
Episodes may be accessed through Podiobooks.com. Fans are able to listen for free to these episodes.
These audio recordings are narrated by the author, Major General Val Pattee, and were recorded at Agio Publishing House’s home studio. General Pattee is at the forefront of a wave of authors creating their own indie audio books to meet the growing demand for content as MP3 listening devices such as iPods, cel phones and eBook readers become ever more ubiquitous throughout the world.
“Releasing chapters as podcoast episodes through Podiobooks.com can provide excellent publicity for the printed book, and for the complete audio book on CD or DVD,” notes Bruce Batchelor, publisher at Agio Publishing House. “This is part of the new vision of marketing stories as CONTENT through a wide range of editions and channels, rather than the old publishing model of selling only the printed BOOK and only through book stores.”
As soon as General Pattee has recorded all the chapter episodes, Agio will release the full audio book as an MP3 CD, manufactured on demand and available through Amazon.com and Lulu.com.