An initial trial of the model, with actor Robert Llewellyn's book The Man in the Rubber Mask which details his time on the BBC's Red Dwarf, achieved over 20,000 listens for each of the three chapters distributed so far. The second audiobook from Unbound will be Evil Machines, a new book of stories from Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
"Audioboo is primarily a place where people share the spoken word and that's what differentiates us from competing platforms", commented Audioboo founder Mark Rock.
“We’ve had a fantastic year so far, working with a number of newspapers, radio stations and broadcasters. I feel like now is the time to expand and see how social audio can work alongside other publishing industries.
John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound commented: “Audioboo is the perfect fit for us. They are innovative and proactive with a very active community of users. ‘To boo’ has already become a verb. Unbound is about bringing writers and readers closer together and you can’t get closer than listening to the author read their own work, wherever and whenever you want to.”
The first chapters of Robert's book can be found at: https://audioboo.fm/channel/rubbermask