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TeachOutLoud FAQ

Welcome to the TeachOutLoud FAQ. We hope this FAQ will answer any questions you have about the TeachOutLoud service. If you have a question that isn't answered here please click the "Live Help" button on left column or contact us
 
Q: What is TeachOutLoud?
A: TeachOutLoud is a new service from LearnOutLoud.com that allows you to self-publish your audio and video educational content. We provide all of the services that are required (hosting, e-commerce, distribution, customer service, etc.) so you can focus on what you are best at: Creating great content. We're currently in a private beta for TeachOutLoud but if you would like to be involved please send an e-mail to TeachOutLoud@learnoutloud.com and include information about the type of content you have produced or plan to produce. For additional information about TeachOutLoud we encourage you to visit our main informational page at https://teach.learnoutloud.com/Learn-More which includes a series of short video presentations about the service.
 
Q: What types of content are appropriate for the TeachOutLoud service?
A: In general we're looking for content that is educational, inspirational and entertaining. And in the words of Doug Kaye we'll settle for two out of three. To get a sense of the type of content we're looking for please browse our Catalog. You'll see that there is a wide variety of material that we feature there. If your content fits easily into one of the categories there it is probably acceptable.

In addition, we're looking for material that is of a high quality (well structured, good sound quality, etc.). We realize that both of these standards are somewhat subjective and apologize in advance if we cannot accept your content. If you are unsure as to whether your content is appropriate for the TeachOutLoud service please send an e-mail to TeachOutLoud@learnoutloud.com. A link to a sample of your audio would be appreciated.

 
Q: What services do you provide with the TeachOutLoud service?
A: We encourage you to watch our short video here. It explains our services in more detail. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at any time.
 
Q: How much do I get paid, how do I get paid and when do I paid?
A: As a TeachOutLoud content provider you receive 60% of the net revenues from the sale of your product. Net revenues are defined as the price of the product. You can elect to be paid via check or via Paypal. Royalties are paid quarterly and are disbursed within 30 days of the end of the month in which they are earned.
 
Q: How can I find out more information about how royalty payments work?
A: We encourage you to check out our PDFs here. It explains royalty payments in more detail. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at any time.
 
Q: Where do you ship to?
A: We ship to all 50 states. Unfortunately we do not ship to any other countries at this time. For information about our Shipping Policies, click here.
 
Q: If I post content through the TeachOutLoud service am I giving up any rights to the content?
A: No. As a TeachOutLoud content provider you retain the rights to your content and all associated copyrights, trademarks, etc. This is a dynamic industry and we feel that it's important to keep your options open. Our agreement with you is non-exclusive and therefore you can sell your content through other channels and remove your content at any time (with some minor restriction as outlined in our Membership Agreement).
 
Q: How can I find out more information related to intellectual property?
A: We encourage you to check out our PDFs here. It explains intellectual property considerations in more detail. We also strongly encourage to thoroughly review our Membership Agreement. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at any time.
 
Q: Do you apply any form of digital rights management (DRM) to TeachOutLoud content?
A: We do not apply any form of digital rights management (DRM) to TeachOutLoud content. It is our feeling that the costs outweigh the benefits when it comes to DRM for TeachOutLoud content. For a listing of some of the reasons why we feel this is so, please read our blog on the subject of DRM. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at any time.
 
Q: So just how do I get started?
A: The first thing you'll want to do is familiarize yourself with all of the TeachOutLoud information that we have available at https://teach.learnoutloud.com/Learn-More. Most of your questions can be answered there and in this FAQ. Once you've reviewed that material including our Member Agreement then you'll want to register for the site. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute. Once you've completed registration go to our Get Started page to start publishing. Then you're off and running.

For next steps, please see below.

 
Q: OK, I've signed up and entered TeachOutLoud. Now what are the steps that I need to take to get titles up on LearnOutLoud.com?
A: It's actually pretty easy. You'll probably want to start by creating an author and/or publisher page (further details about this are included below). Once you've done that (or decided not to) then you'll need to create a product page. More details about that can be found further down this page. We've tried to make creating a product page as simple as possible and it shouldn't take you all that long. If you get stuck anytime during the process you have a number of options available to you:
  • Consult this FAQ or any of the tutorials we have posted at https://teach.learnoutloud.com - Most of your questions should be answered by the FAQ and/or tutorials.
  • Click on the Live Help button on the left menu of this FAQ or any TeachOutLoud page - We don't offer Live Help 24/7 but we're on it quite a bit and it's a great way for us to help you out.
  • Call us at 1-800-550-6070 - We generally answer the phones 9 AM- 5 PM PST Monday through Friday (although occasionally you can catch us in at 3 AM on a Sunday morning :). If you call and can't get through leave us a voicemail and we'll respond to you as soon as possible.
  • Contact us via e-mail at TeachOutLoud@learnoutloud.com - We'll do our darnedest to get back to you quickly as we can.

As part of creating your product page we recommend that you upload your (audio) titles directly to our site. If you choose not to upload your audio directly through TeachOutLoud you'll need to send us copies of your masters for us to use. More detalis for this are covered immediately below.

 
Q: I need to send in copies of my masters. How do I do this?
A: If you choose not to upload a product audio file of your title then we must receive a copy of your masters of your product in order to sell your title. Along with the masters, please include the product name.

Send masters to:

LearnOutLoud.com Attn: Masters 1322 2nd St. Suite #32 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Unfortunately we cannot return masters so please do not send us anything that you need to receive back. We will notify you via e-mail when your title is live on our site.

 
Q: What is the purpose of an author page?
A: An author page serves two primary purposes. First, it gives information about the content producer including a biography, credentials/experience and contact information such a website URL. Second, it provides a place where all of the content producer's material can be seen. An example of an author page can be seen at https://www.learnoutloud.com/marktwain. Here you can see a short biography of Twain along with links to all of the Twain's titles that we have here at LearnOutLoud.com.
 
Q: I've just recorded a lecture. I'm not really an "author" am I?
A: We use the term "author" to generically refer to someone whose audio content is on our site. We realize that this definition might not be technically accurate for non-written content but it seems to work and is a less of a mouthful and less boring than "content producer."
 
Q: My title has multiple authors. What do I do?
A: Go ahead and create your first author for your first author. You can come back and create your next author after your done with the process. You'll also have an option to do this when you are creating your product page. You may an unlimted amount of authors in your account (in theory) but there is a maximum of three authors that can be assigned to a given title.
 
Q: Do I need to fill out all this information?
A: Nope! The only fields you need to fill out are first name and last name. And if you don't want to create an author page you don't have to as author is not a required field when creating a product page. Having said all that we would recommend for you to fill out as much information as possible for your author page. It's a great way for people to get to know you!
 
Q: What is a "TeachOutLoud Custom URL?"
A: We want to give you an easy way to direct people to your author page. The TeachOutLoud Custom URL allows you to do that. Let's say your name is "Mark Twain". You could create a custom URL of https://www.learnoutloud.com/marktwain and use this to promote your author page. You don't have to create a custom URL but it's highly recommended. Please note that we manually approve and publish all custom URLs and may ask or advise you to change your custom URL for one of several reasons (e.g., it might be reserved for future use internally)..
 
Q: What do I need to know about uploading an author image?
A: First off, it can either be an author photo or some other image that represents the author or the author's work. We accept the following file formats for your image: jpeg, jpg, gif, bmp, or png. It's best if you can upload an image that is 170 pixels wide by 200 pixels high. If your image is of a different size that's fine, we just may need to resize it for you so it fits the product page. You'll be able to edit your image later so if it doesn't look perfect right away that's fine.
 
Q: What do I need to know about including an author bio?
A: This section is up to you but we generally recommend to include some background on the author including any relevant credentials, experience, certification, degrees, etc. The key here is to establish credibility with your audience. Usually a few paragraphs is best but you are welcome to include as much or as little here as you want.

 
Q: How I can include web or e-mail links within my author bio?
A: You can insert links and other formatting with our description text editor. If there is something that you would like down with your author page that you can't do please contact us and we should be able to help you out.
 
Q: How do I modify an author page?
A: The next time you log into your account you'll see a button in the TeachOutLoud section entitled "Add or Modify Authors". Click that button and you'll have the ability to change author information.
 
Q: What is the purpose of a publisher page?
A: Publisher pages are great if you want to post content from different authors. It's a great way to bring all the content together in one spot and promote your company (if you have one) at the same time. An example of a publisher page on LearnOutLoud can be found at www.learnoutloud.com/nightingale. You can see here that information about Nightingale-Conant is included here along with a listing of their titles on LearnOutLoud. Your publisher page can look similar to this.
 
Q: Do I have to create a publisher page?
A: Nope. Many people who use TeachOutLoud won't have a need to create a publisher page. In general, it's best to create a publisher page if you have content for multiple authors and/or have your own publishing company that you would like to promote. If you're just posting your own content you may not find this necessary as most or all of your information will be on your author page.
 
Q: I don't have an actual publishing company. Does this mean that I can't/shouldn't create a publisher page?
A: Not at all. You don't have to have an actual publisher company to create a publisher page. If you think you would benefit from having a publishing page by all means create one!
 
Q: Can I create more than one publisher page for my account?
A: The likelihood of someone needing to do this is pretty rare so we do not currently have this functionality. If you have titles from multiple publishers you will likely be better off creating multiple TeachOutLoud accounts. If you would like to discuss this with us, please contact us

 
Q: What should my "Publisher Name" be?
A: This should be the name of your publishing company. If you don't have a name for your publishing company then add a descriptive name here. While this can be your name it's best to come up with a name is more representative of a publishing company. For instance, if your name is Tom Jones rather than having a Publisher Name of "Tom Jones" you might want to have it be "Jones Publishing" or something of that nature. Just be sure to do a quick search to make sure a company with that name doesn't already exist!
 
Q: What is a "TeachOutLoud Custom URL?"
A: We want to give you an easy way to direct people to your publisher page. The TeachOutLoud Custom URL allows you to do that. Let's say your Publisher Name is "Nightingale Conant". You could create a custom URL of https://www.learnoutloud.com/nightingale and use this to promote your publisher page. You don't have to create a custom URL but it's highly recommended. Please note that we manually approve and publish all custom URLs and may ask or advise you to change your custom URL for one of several reasons (e.g., it might be reserved for future use internally).
 
Q: What do I need to know about uploading a publisher image?
A: First off, it can either be a company logo or some other image that represents the publisher or the publisher's collection of work. We accept the following file formats for your image: jpeg, jpg, gif, bmp, or png. It's best if you can upload an image that is 200 pixels wide by 75 pixels high. If your image is of a different size that's fine, we just may need to resize it for you so it fits the product page. You'll be able to edit your image later so if it doesn't look perfect right away that's fine.
 
Q: What do I need to know about including a publisher description?
A: This section is up to you but we generally recommend to include some information about the company history, type of content specialized in and/or best-selling titles. The key here is to establish credibility with your audience. Usually a few paragraphs is best but you are welcome to include as much or as little here as you want.
 
Q: How I can include web or e-mail links within my publisher description?
A: You can insert links and other formatting with our description text editor. If there is something that you would like down with your publisher page that you can't do please contact us and we should be able to help you out.
 
Q: How do I modify a publisher page?
A: The next time you log into your account you'll see a button in the TeachOutLoud section entitled "Modify Publisher". Click that button and you'll have the ability to change publisher information.
 
Q: What is the purpose of a product page?
A: Product pages are the heart and soul of the TeachOutLoud service. They give you a very professional way to showcase your products. They can include a product image, a description, an audio sample and additional details such as the price and running time of your title. You should create one product page for each title you plan to sell on LearnOutLoud.com.
 
Q: Do I have to add an author for my product?
A: No. While we would encourage you to add an author in most cases there might be situtations in which designating an author isn't appropriate. You are welcome to bypass this step if you would like.
 
Q: What if my title has more than one author?
A: Click on the button "Add Multiple Authors" for as many authors as you would like to associate to the title (a maximum of three authors can be assigned to each title). Then choose the authors from the drop-down boxes. If some or all your authors do not appear in the drop-down box please refer to the next FAQ.
 
Q: What if I need to add an author for my title?
A: You'll need to first add the information for that author. Click on the button "Add a New Author" and enter in the appropriate information for the author you would like to add. Once you've added the authors you need you'll be returned to your main TeachOutLoud Account, click "Add or Modify Titles", click "Add a New Title" and then choose the appropriate authors from the drop-down box.
 
Q: Do I need to add a subtitle?
A: No. This is an optional field. It can be helpful to add a subtitle but it's not necessary.
 
Q: How do I assign my title to categories and subcategories?
A: Assigning your title to appropriate categories and subcategories is an important step because it helps visitors to our site to locate your title. The first step in picking an appropriate category is to familiarize yourself with the categories and subcategories we have set up at LearnOutLoud.com. You'll see them listed in the drop-downs or can browse them in our Catalog. Another great way to determine appropriate categories and subcategories is to search our site using keywords for your title. This will allow you to see which categories and subcategories we've assigned similar titles to.

Once you've figured out the most appropriate places to list your content you can choose the categories from the first column and then choose the appropriate subcategory from the second column (or alternatively just find the appropriate subcategory directly from the second category). If you'd like you can simply assign a title to a top-level category without choosing a subcategory. However it's usually best to assign your titles to subcategories whenever possible so that users can more easily locate them.

 
Q: What if I don't know the running time of my product?
A: No worries, it's not a required field. Having said that it's always better to take a guess at the running time rather than leaving it blank. Remember that you can change any of this stuff in the future so if you find out the exact time you can come in later and fill it in.
 
Q: What is the purpose of the short description?
A: The short description is the description we use to feature the title in our Catalog. It should consist of two or three sentences that summarize your title and can contain a maximum of 200 characters. Often times you can just use the first two or three sentences of your longer description.
 
Q: What is the purpose of the long description?
A: The long description gives a more detailed summary of your title. This is a great opportunity to establish your credibility and let a potential customer know what benefits they will receive from listening or watching your content. You can include as much as you would like in your long description but in general a few paragraphs usually works best.
 
Q: Can I include HTML in my short or long descriptions?
A: Currently we don't allow HTML within the short or long descriptions (it can cause some nasty formatting issues if done improperly). We will soon have a tool in place that will allow you to add links and some basic formatting. In the meantime if there is something that you would like down with your product page that you can't do please contact us and we should be able to help you out.
 
Q: What options should I choose on this page?
A: Currently our only format option is Digital Download of audio. More informations about the audio formats are included in the FAQs below.
 
Q: I've already had CDs created with my own packaging. Can I ship those to you to sell through LearnOutLoud?
A: Unfortunately at this time we only sell CDs through our wholesalers. If you've already produced CDs you have, you can have us link through to whereever you are selling your titles (e.g., your website). We take no commission in such a transaction and do this as a service to you. If you would like us to link to you for CD sales please send an e-mail to TeachOutLoud@learnoutloud.com. (Note: We cannot accomodate every request of this nature.)
 
Q: How should I price my products?
A: It's important to first make it clear that pricing of your products is always up to you. Having said that, we're more than willing to try to provide guidance to you. Content can very in price quite a bit depending on its nature but a typical recommendation would be to charge between $5 and $10 per hour of content. That's just a general guideline and some people do very well selling content quite cheaply (under $5 per title) while others do well by charging more.

Downloads are typically priced lower than physical product. Often a download is priced at 60-70% of the cost of the CDs. For instance, a 2-disc CD set selling for $15.95 might be priced at $9.95 as a download.

 
Q: Is there a minimum price for products that I sell through TeachOutLoud?
A: No, feel free to upload audio titles and offer them for free through TeachOutLoud.
 
Q: Do I need to upload a product image?
A: No, this is optional. An image is automatically created for you using the name of your title and your author name. Having said that it is highly recommeded that you upload your own product image. It's the most important visual element of your product page and can help attract attention to your title in our catalog. If you currently don't have a product image you may wish to find an image that represents your content. Please remember to only upload images that you own the copyright for or that are in the public domain.
 
Q: What kind of image can I upload and how do I upload it?
We accept the following file formats for product images: jpeg, jpg, gif, bmp, or png. We recommend that you upload a jpeg file that is 120 pixels and 150 pixels high. If your image does not fit those parameters it will be automatically re-sized by our system.

To upload your image, click on the "Browse..." button and locate the image on your computer's hard drive (it might be a good idea to locate the image and write down its location before browsing here). After you've located the image click on the "Upload" button. The image will upload to our server and you'll see it displayed here. You will be able to edit this image later if it does appear correctly the first time you upload it.

 
Q: Why should I upload my title rather than sending it to you in the mail?
A: The short answer is that it's easier for you and it's easier for us. By uploading your title directly it'll be up more quickly on our site and you'll avoid the expense and hassle of packaging and shipping. That being said, if for any reason you don't want to or are unable to upload your title directly you are always welcome to send us a copy of your master. Instructions for doing that can be found in the one of the FAQs below.
 
Q: What type of audio file(s) should I upload?
A: Currently MP3s are the only files we allow for uploading and we encourage uploads at a bit rate of 32 kb/s which is a good bitrate for listening to spoken word. For more information on recording audio properly, check out our tutorial "How To Begin Home Recording" which gives additional details.
 
Q: How do I upload my audio file(s)?
A: Start by clicking on the "Upload Audio Files" button. This will launcher our uploader application. Choose the number of files that you wish to upload and click the "Apply" button (if you're only uploading a single file you can skip this step). Click the "Browse" button and locate the audio file(s) on your server. Click the "begin upload" button. Note: Uploading can take a while depending on how big your files are and how fast your Internet connection is.
 
Q: Should I record my title as one long file or break it up into multiple files?
A: A lot of this depends on the length of your title. Titles under an hour are probably fine as most people will listen to them in one shot. However, if your title is longer (say over an hour) it's probably best to break it up into multiple tracks. This makes it easier for people to listen to in chunks and it also helps with the download process as people can download smaller files individually if they wish. Additionally if someone is planning to burn your title to CDs it will be a lot easier to do so if it's broken down into files of approximately one hour in length.
 
Q: How should I upload my title if it consists of multiple files?
A: If your product has multiple files then you can upload them all together and the page will refresh with arrows for you to arrange your audio files in the proper order.
 
Q: How does it work if I wanted to send in masters of my CD?
A: If you choose not to upload a product audio file of your title then we must receive a copy of your masters of your product in order to sell your title. Along with the masters, please include the product name.

Send masters to:

LearnOutLoud.com Attn: Masters 1322 2nd St. Suite #32 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Unfortunately we cannot return masters so please do not send us anything that you need to receive back. We will notify you via e-mail when your title is live on our site.

 
Q: Do I need to upload an audio sample?
A: This is another one of those things that is highly recommended but not required. Your sample gives potential customers an opportunity to preview your content and having a sample on your product page will likely result in more sales.
 
Q: What do I need to know about uploading an audio sample?
A: First of all, your sample can be whatever length you wish but in general samples of 5-10 minutes work pretty well. As with the upload of the audio files for your title we can only accept the MP3 file format and we recommend a bit rate of 32 kb/s.
 
Q: What is "supplemental material?"
A: Supplemental material refers to printed content that you might want to bundle with your audio title. For example, you may wish to include a PDF document containing exercises along with your audio files. We accept doc, txt, pdf and zip files here. If you have multiple files you can include them all in a zip file. Note: Uploading any sort of virus, worm, trojan horse, etc. is a violation of our Member Agreement and will result in the immediate termination of your account. Be nice. Please don't make us do that.
 
Q: What do I do to upload supplemental material?
A: To upload supplemental material click on the "Browse..." button and locate the file you wish to upload. Next, click on the "Upload" button. The upload may take a while depending on the size of your file and the speed of your Internet connection. Once the upload is confirmed you'll see the name of the file listed on the page.