Distribute your Audiobook Globally with PortableVoices.

Global Audiobook Distribution

We’ve partnered with major audiobook distribution companies, audiobook publishers associations, and many more. We give you access to the entire listening world through retail and library partners ranging from major global brands to fresh new platforms.

What’s Included in the Audiobook Distribution Service?

The PortableVoices Audiobook production service includes everything you need to either be paired with a professional narrator or coached on how to speak it yourself, record, produce, and distribute it to the world.


  • An editing engineer listens to the recording and adjusts the pacing if needed. They’ll remove any background pops, clicks, or distracting noises.
  • From here, a QC engineer takes over. They serve as a second fail-safe for your book, making sure nothing made it past the editing engineer. The goal is to make sure any edits made to your recording are seamless and inaudible.
  • When post-production is complete, you’ll have a chance to review the audiobook yourself. If it’s determined additional pickups are needed we’ll schedule recordings and re-master those as well.


  • Your audio files are uploaded and begin the review process. Once approved, your audiobook is sent to retailers, and it typically goes live within 5 weeks.
  • About 2 months after your audiobook goes live, you’ll be able to check sales reports for each platform.


It is easy to start your audiobook creation journey with us:


Audiobooks must adhere to the PortableVoices requirements. The Quality Assurance team may reject titles that do not meet these standards, and their retail release may be delayed.


PortableVoices distributes your audiobook through established independent bookstores and online retail channels under both the exclusive and non-exclusive contracts. If you grant non-exclusive distribution rights, then you can distribute through additional channels.


PortableVoices works with you to Promote the availability of your audiobook to your fans. Get started with great marketing advice and curated marketing strategy.


You'll receive a monthly digital royalty statement and payment from PortableVoices via direct deposit and MPESA .

Submit Your Audiobook

Fill our submission form to submit your audiobook.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an audiobook and how does it work?

Audiobooks are voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read. Audiobooks can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions. You can listen to audiobooks on any smartphone, tablet, computer, home speaker system, or in-car entertainment system.

How do I estimate how long my audiobook will be?

Dividing the word count of your book by 9,000 will give you an estimate on the final running time of the book. For example, a typical 50,000 word manuscript (200 book pages) will be roughly 5.5 hours of finished audio.

How long does it take to fully produce an audiobook?

The delivery time depends with size of the book but PortableVoices can deliver a retail-ready audiobook within 2 weeks to 3 months from signing your agreement.

How long does it take to record an audiobook?

A professional narrator will record close to a 2:1 ratio. This means that for every 2 hours they spend recording, 1 hour of audio will be used. Authors or newer narrators typically record at a 3:1 ratio which extends the recording time. This is why we typically recommend that all authors work with one of our professional narrators.

I’m going to narrate my audiobook. How do I prepare?

Long-form narration can be a strenuous task. To prepare, spend as much time as possible reading your manuscript out loud, restarting sentences when you make a mistake.
You can also use annotation software to give yourself subtle reminders to breathe and highlight words you’re having trouble with.
While many Authors love the idea of using their own voice to record their book, in most cases, we highly recommend working with one of our professional narrators to ensure your audiobook meets all the required audio standards and is just as enjoyable to listen to as it is to read.