Articles by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords

Jonathan Maberry On The Convergence of Indie and Traditional Publishing

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
July 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

  JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries. Besides writing [...]

Smashwords Publishes 5 Billion Words

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
July 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

  Smashwords today released its 5 billionth word. From your fingertips to reader’s eyes. The number is difficult to grasp.  These words form 138,071 books. If you typed at 25 words a minute without pause, it would take 200 million minutes to write 5 billion words.  3.3 million hours.  [...]

Smashwords signs distribution agreement with Page Foundry

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Smashwords today announced a distribution agreement with Page Foundry, a developer of mobile ebook store apps for Android tablets and smart phones.Below I’ve inserted images of how the app looks, using a test example of Phoenix, a YA fantasy novel by Smashwords author Jennifer Mason-Black, [...]

Smashwords Delivers Faster Shipments to Apple and Kobo

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
June 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

  Until recently, Smashwords ‘shipped’ new book releases, new book updates and metadata updates to Smashwords retailers (Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Baker & Taylor, etc) on a once-weekly basis.  As promised in December, in the last couple weeks [...]

Can Ebook Data Reveal New Viral Catalysts to Spur Reader Word-of-Mouth?

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
April 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

In my new best practices ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, I explore at great length a concept I callViral Catalysts.  Think of viral catalysts as the virtual knobs, dials and levers attached to an ebook that an author or publisher can tweak to increase reader word-of-mouth.  Viral [...]

Does Agency Pricing Lead to Higher Book Prices?

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
March 28, 2012 // 12 Comments

According to a March 9 story in the Wall Street Journal, The U.S. Department of Justice is considering suing Apple and five large US publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of ebooks. At the heart of the issue, I suspect, is concern over the agency pricing model. Agency pricing allows [...]

The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
March 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

I released a new ebook tonight, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. It’s priced at FREE. The book represents my attempt to distill, organize, package and share the best practices of the most commercially successful Smashwords authors. The book is organized around 28 different [...]

PayPal revised policies to allow legal fiction

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
March 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

In a victory for free speech, PayPal today announced plans to revise their content policies to allow Smashwords writers full freedom to publish and sell legal ebooks. I met with PayPal at their offices yesterday in San Jose. They outlined their proposed policy changes for me. I was impressed. This [...]

Smashwords Surpasses 100,000 Indie Ebooks

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
February 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Today we announced an important Smashwords milestone. Over 100,000 ebooks are now published and live in the Smashwords catalog, thanks to the efforts of over 36,000 Smashwords authors and publishers around the world. This month also marks our fourth birthday. Four years ago we unveiled Smashwords [...]

Smashwords: Smashwords Year in Review 2011

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
January 3, 2012 // 5 Comments

Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review. 2011 was another strong year for Smashwords and our authors. We’re ending the year with over 92,000 titles published, up from 28,800 at the end of last year. In my 2010 year in review post, 75,000 was my stretch goal for this year, so we beat [...]

Smashwords Authors Experience Blowout Christmas at Barnes & Noble

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
December 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

It looks like it was a blowout Christmas for Smashwords authors at Barnes & Noble. I’m looking at the early sales results for December 25 and December 26 for the titles Smashwords distributes to Barnes & Noble. For these first two days, sales are running about 225% higher than the [...]

Smashwords Introduces New Ebook Gifting Feature

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
December 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

Smashwords yesterday released a new ebook gifting feature. Because Smashwords books are available in multiple ebook formats, our books are readable on any e-reading device.Simply click to the book you want to gift, and click the “give as gift” button. The shopping cart will ask you for [...]

Smashwords Style Guide Translated to Italian (Guida allo Stile Smashwords)

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
November 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Smashwords Style Guide is now available in an Italian translation, Guida allo Stile Smashwords. The Italian translation is thanks to the generous volunteer effort of Giuseppe Meligrana, an Italian publisher at Smashwords. Giuseppe is also planning to translate the Smashwords Book Marketing [...]

Smashwords style guide translated into French and German

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
November 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Ebook publishing is now more accessible to more writers around the world thanks to new French and German translations of the Smashwords Style Guide.Guide des Styles Smashwords and Der Smashwords Formatierungleitfaden are now available for free download at Smashwords, and will soon be available at [...]

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