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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Ebook Cover Image Requirements Coming to Satisfy Higher Resolution E-Reading Devices

By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
June 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

  Heads up.  Effective on or about July 15, Smashwords will begin requiring higher pixel counts on ebook cover images. Why the change?  Starting in August, Apple will require that all new [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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