Mark Coker

Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Smashwords is changing the way it allows pre-orders on its site for authors. Previously, the entire manuscript needed to be uploaded in order to take advantage of pre-orders, but that is no longer the case. Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced on the company’s blog that preorders are going [...]

Smashwords shares year end report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark Coker of Smashwords has shared a year end review that contains some interesting nuggets for the ebook author and ereader community, in among all the upbeat reporting on his firm’s continuing success. Though as it happens, one of the nuggets is the success of Smashwords – and what [...]

Are indie authors headed for doom and gloom?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

I recently posted a portion of Mark Coker’s keynote speech from the Self-Publishing Book Expo. The first half of the speech was about 10 trends in self-publishing, which sparked some interesting conversations. In the second half of the speech, Coker discussed ways authors can succeed, but he [...]

Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 24, 2014 // 7 Comments

Self-publishing isn’t going anywhere, and Smashwords’ Mark Coker recently took a look at how we got here. The Self-Publishing Book Expo was held in New York City recently with Coker giving the keynote address. Several trends have led to the explosion of self-publishing, and many of those [...]

New Smashwords Survey gives more tips, stats on self-publishing sales

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

As one more contribution to the author earnings and self-publishing debate, alongside the UK Society of Authors, the UK ALCS, and Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings, we have the 2014 Smashwords Survey from Mark Coker’s Smashwords. Available in full via Slideshare, the Survey examines [...]

Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 10 Comments

Funny how quick some people jump to conclusions. On Good e-Reader, Michael Kozlowski slams Smashwords’s new public library program to bring curated lists of its e-books to libraries inexpensively via OverDrive. Kozlowski feels that Smashwords is a slush pile, plain and simple, and it seeks to [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable that his point of view is rather similar to Lilith Saintcrow’s: Amazon is a “malignant [...]

Smashwords’ Mark Coker continues to champion with indie author manifesto

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday’s roundup by Joanna had an interesting post from Smashwords’ Mark Coker. The site’s founder created an indie author manifesto, empowering and highlighting just how far the world of self-publishing has come. Certainly, the freedom of publishing has allowed many more to find their [...]

Smashwords reaches 10 billion published words

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords hit another milestone on Monday. The indie book distributor reached 10 billion words published through its platform. That’s a lot of words. The 10 billion words are represented by 87,000 authors and 288,000 titles on Smashwords. The 10 billion mark is nice, but what it represents is [...]

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker takes a look at the past year and what is planned ahead. Smashwords Year In Review Smashwords continued to see growth in 2013. The site began in 2008 with just a handful of books to give writers (including him) an outlet beyond traditional publishing. Every year, the [...]

Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond

By libertyc
November 16, 2013 // 7 Comments

The largest publisher of independent e-books may not surprise you. Bowker named Smashwords the largest publisher for indie e-books in its latest report “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2007-2012,” after publishing about 90,000 e-books in 2012. When it comes to e-books and printed books, [...]

Smashwords Releases 250,000th Indie E-Book

By libertyc
September 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

One of the first posts I had ever read on TeleRead was about Smashwords. This is going back several years—the post was about Smashwords’ end of the year address. I remember the day clearly. I sat in my car, reading the post on my phone while trying to avoid going to the gym. The post discussed [...]

Smashwords Opens Distribution to India

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Smashword’s distribution network is growing. The company announced it reached a deal with Flipkart.com, the largest online marketplace and bookseller in India. Titles will be on the site within the next three to four weeks, Smashwords stated on its blog. “Flipkart is commonly referred to as the [...]

Smashwords Announces New Self-Interview Tool for Authors

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

After reading a book from a new author or one I didn’t previously know much about, I tend to want to know more about that person. What other books have they written? Where did they get the idea for this particular story? What’s their writing process like? These are just a few of the basic [...]

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site's growth

By libertyc
July 30, 2013 // 3 Comments

Smashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly [...]

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