Flipkart may be exiting the ebook business

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Flipkart may stop selling ebooks in India. The company recently announced that it is reviewing its digital options, telling Medianama: “Currently, we are evaluating our eBooks strategy and are working towards redefining our digital offerings to our customers.” Flipkart introduced ebooks to its [...]

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 [...]

Happy Day Against DRM!

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2015 // 7 Comments

As numerous blogs are reporting, today is International Day Against DRM and many of our favourite DRM-free publishers are offering deals and specials. Here are two good ones: 1) O’Reilly Press This publisher of technical books is 50% off with with the coupon code ‘DRM2015’ and 60% [...]

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 [...]

TIPM Publishing Service Index tracks fall of KDP, rise in CreateSpace, Smashwords

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to self-published authors. Rather than tracking scammers like Author Solutions and its various offshoots, [...]

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 [...]

What would make an Amazon competitor competitive?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 21, 2014 // 10 Comments

As all and sundry go round and round about Amazon/Hachette and the end of author royalties as we know it, I stopped to consider. I believe the eBook marketplace is healthier with competition, even if Amazon is right now a pretty darned good company to do business with. I do not consider B&N, [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?

By Joanna Cabot
July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why We Still Need Publishers (Book Riot) I was surprised to get this response, because I’ve always been vocal about the fact that, yes, we need publishers. I want to clear up the idea that I’m egging people onto the anti-publishing bandwagon. *** 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities [...]

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale starts now!

By Joanna Cabot
July 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good news for both authors and readers: the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale starts now! From the author enrollment page: “Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer.  Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about [...]

Overdrive segregating Smashwords books. Disappointed but not surprised

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 19, 2014 // 9 Comments

Nate at The Digital Reader has a story about an author discovering that books from Smashwords have been segregated in the Overdrive system. According to the article, author Maria Schneider made the discovery when she talked to a librarian friend to make sure they were available. Well. Smashwords [...]

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