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Air Awakens Audiobook 2nd edition FAQ

Hello!

If you’re reading this page then you might be curious about the 2nd Editions of the Air Awakens audiobooks.

Hopefully, this page will answer all your questions so please read carefully 🙂

I will be updating this page from time to time, so check back also!

THE 1st EDITIONS

The first editions of the Air Awakens audiobooks were recorded by Devan McGaughey (books 1-3) and Natalie Naudus (books 4-5).

WHY 2nd EDITIONS?

While Devan and Natalie did exceptional jobs bringing the world of Air Awakens to life in their own ways, many readers have found the narrator switch jarring. At the time, this was an unavoidable switch due to production and scheduling limitations. Additional resources weren’t available to do an immediate re-recording with a single narrator.

The physical copies of Air Awakens received an update at their 5 year anniversary. So it only seems fitting that the audiobooks will receive a similar treatment.

CAN I STILL PURCHASE THE OLD AUDIOBOOKS?

You will be able to until about late March 2022 (see below for more on the time frame). However, after that, unfortunately not.

I spoke at length with ACX — the audiobook aggregator many authors, myself included, use — and it isn’t possible for me to have two editions of the same book available for retail at the same time.

Moreover, since these are a new editions with a new narrator and not just minor tweaks and re-recordings, I can’t just upload the new files in place of the old.

ACX informed me the only way forward is by removing the old audiobooks and publishing the new 2nd editions. This will effectively make the second editions a “new” book.

I understand this might be frustrating for some readers (it is for me too). However, I hope you’ll find some of the solutions below acceptable for you if you find yourself already in possession of the 1st edition audiobooks.

I ALREADY PURCHASED THE 1st EDITIONS, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEM?

First off, stay calm. There’s an element of this that’s “let’s wait and see” because we’re not entirely sure yet…

This topic was another thing I spoke at length with ACX about. And the answers were honestly murky. For that reason, I’m trying to be proactive. There could be no issues. But there might be, so I’m trying to get out ahead with a plan.

My goal with the 2nd editions is to offer a new (and hopefully improved) audio experience for Air Awakens, not to frustrate readers or force them to pay again for something they already own. So, to that end, and based on my understanding of my conversations with ACX, here are the steps I recommend taking if you’re someone who already bought the 1st audiobooks:

1) Make sure they are downloaded to your device.
Since the books will no longer be listed, they might not be able to be streamed any longer. The representatives I spoke to at ACX seemed to think though that as long as the books were downloaded, you should still be able to listen to them without issue.

2) Locate, and screenshot, your proof of purchase.
I realize this might be hard to find if you purchased them some time ago. However, this is part of why I’m making this announcement early — so you have time to prepare.

If you previously purchased the audiobooks, AND they disappear from your device once they’re taken down, AND you would rather keep the original audiobooks rather than getting a refund and buying the new audiobooks (or can’t get a refund)… you can send your proof of purchase to elise.kova.author[at]gmail[dot]com to get a ONE TIME, digitally watermarked, download for the 1st editions.

Since it is possible that there will be no issues accessing the original audiobooks for people who have purchased them, please do not send proof of purchase until we confirm what the retailers have done once the old books are taken down. Hopefully, this is a lot of worrying over nothing. But I like to be prepared 🙂 

IF I DIDN’T PURCHASE THE 1st EDITIONS CAN I BUY THEM LATER?

Not at this time or for the foreseeable future.

The intent is going forward for the new editions to be the only ones available through retailers. Offering the 1st edition downloads will only be for people who purchased the books and lost the copies they paid for due to ACX/Audible/iTune system errors.

WHEN WILL THE 1st EDITIONS BE TAKEN DOWN?

Expected: March/April 2022

However, because of the nature of how ACX works, it’s impossible to have an exact date. Please check back for any updates and keep an eye on my newsletters.

WHO IS THE NARRATOR FOR THE 2nd EDITIONS?

Caitlin Kelly.

Caitlin has brought to life such books as: The Cruel Prince, Elementals series, Keeper of Lost Cities series, and many more.
You can see her full website here: http://www.caitlinkellyvo.com/

And, yes, Caitlin will be narrating all 5 books. 🙂

WHEN WILL THE 2nd EDITIONS BE AVAILABLE?

Expected: April/May 2022

However, because of the nature of how ACX works, it’s impossible to have an exact date. Please check back for any updates and keep an eye on my newsletters.

WILL THERE BE AN AUDIO OMNIBUS EDITION OF THE 2nd EDITIONS?

Yes.

It should be available within a few days of the individual editions becoming available.

How much will the 2nd Editions cost?

The cost of the audiobooks is actually calculated automatically based on length. So while I don’t yet know the exact pricing, I can reasonably estimate that all 2nd edition audiobooks should be within $1-$2 of the prices of the 1st editions.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE AIR AWAKENS AUDIOBOOKS NOT ANSWERED HERE

I try to get everything, but always know I’ll miss something. If I missed your question I’m sorry! Please use my contact form to ask and I’ll get to you as soon as I’m able: https://elisekova.com/contact/

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A DIFFERENT AUDIOBOOK…

If you have a question about a different audiobook that’s already released, you can contact me via my contact form here: https://elisekova.com/contact/

If you are looking forward to an audiobook not yet released, I am excited to say that all of my titles that currently don’t have audiobooks are in some stage of recording (pre, active, or post production). Once I have exact dates, I will be certain to share them on my social media. Thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm.


I know there might be mixed feelings about these 2nd editions, however I hope that once you hear the work Caitlin has put in, you’ll be as thrilled as I am. It’s my goal to always keep working to improve my reader’s experience and put out the best product I can.

Sincerely,

Elise Kova