Smashwords adds daily sales reports

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The [...]

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 partners with Overdrive

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many successful self-published authors and small presses have found success using Smashwords‘ distributions network. They are able to get their e-books on about a dozen platforms. Smashwords has just announced one more. E-books on Smashwords have the opportunity to be checked out through [...]

Smashwords delivers titles quicker to the iBookstore

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords has taken steps to improve delivery to Apple’s iBookstore, the company announced on Sunday. Published e-books have appeared as quickly as the same day when submitted through Smashwords’ distributions network recently. Previously, the items would take several days to show up in the [...]

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 [...]

Outskirts launches a self-publishing platform for iBooks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Denver-based Outskirts Press, which claims to be “the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm,” has just launched a self-publishing platform for authors targeting the iBooks platform, with an iPad/iPhone standard edition package for $299, according to an [...]

Smashwords books in Scribd: All available later this week

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 3, 2014 // 6 Comments

I received an email from Smashwords over the weekend informing me that books are being uploaded into Scribd. They all should be available by mid-week. Sadly, mine aren’t available yet, but the placeholder is there, so I’m sure they will be there soon. There’s a direct link to [...]

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 [...]

Why doesn’t Smashwords buy Nook?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 13, 2014 // 6 Comments

This piece was prompted by a post on Eoin Purcell’s blog, entitled “Some Thoughts on B&N’s Nook Problem,” and breaking down the fairly abysmal news from Barnes & Noble’s Nook segment, which saw a 60.5 percent fall year-on-year at $125 million “for the [...]

Five rather odd trends in self-publishing for 2014

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

I just came across a rather curious article on MediaShift, which “explains how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are changing with digital disruption.” And this post, once again, made its way right to the top position of Publishing Talk Daily, [...]

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 [...]

Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital: My Choice and Why

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 27, 2013 // 18 Comments

I admit I’ve been lazy. I’d been meaning to sign up for an eBook distribution service for a while now, but something else always came up that seemed more important. I finally got around to it, and I thought some of you might be interested in what I found as I researched my decision of [...]

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