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New Smashwords Survey gives more tips, stats on self-publishing sales
July 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

Smashwords Distribution NetworkAs 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 "aggregated retail and library sales data of Smashwords books," amounting in this period to "$25 million in customer purchases  aggregated across Smashwords retailers," over the period April 2013-March 2014, with one or two updated insights, and then parses the results "to identify Viral Catalysts ... anything that makes a book more discoverable and more enjoyable to readers." The key...

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale starts now!
July 2, 2014 | 12:24 pm

smashwordsGood 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 the good people South of the equator, who are now in the middle of winter? They deserve to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! That's the story behind our Summer/Winter promotion..." Readers can scope out the deals via the banner on the Smashwords homepage. There are both free and discounted books in multiple...

Smashwords adds daily sales reports
June 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

swchartsSmashwords 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 reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote on his blog. “Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.” This type of information will help authors and publishers learn what marketing campaigns work best. Blog tours, discounts and or...

Full of dross or not, Smashwords still a boon to libraries
June 3, 2014 | 5:58 pm

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 convince libraries to throw their money away on poorly-written, badly-edited rubbish. Libraries are going to feel ripped off that they have bought titles that no one will read and if they do, will likely be very vocal about the poor writing quality and in the end, libraries will feel like...

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair
May 27, 2014 | 4:37 am

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 monopoly” engaging in predatory pricing, bullying Hachette, and so forth. Joe Konrath and pseudonymous guest blogger William Ockham have a different point of view. Konrath posted an essay to his blog in which they demolish Stross’s arguments point by point. Most of it is the same argument/counter-argument we’ve been hearing over and...

Smashwords delivers titles quicker to the iBookstore
May 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords 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 iBookstore. “We’re working to provide our authors and publishers faster retailer deliveries and faster metadata updates with the highest possible accuracy and reliability,” Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker wrote on the company blog. “We’re now shipping five times daily seven days per week to iBooks, and in the months ahead we’ll push that envelope further.” Part of the...

Smashwords’ Mark Coker continues to champion with indie author manifesto
April 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

Indie Author Manifesto 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 voices and given them a bigger platform to be heard. Some of the points from Coker’s manifesto include: - I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing - I have a right to publish - My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book. The manifesto is...

How do you solve a problem like Astounding?
March 18, 2014 | 7:18 pm

20140318_190042_HDRA few days ago, I recalled a short story, called Early Bird, by Theodore R. Cogswell and Theodore L. Thomas. I wanted to share that story with a couple of friends and co-writers on a shared Internet fiction setting that uses a number of the same tropes. So I went to see where I might find it. And the answer was…nowhere. Well, not completely nowhere. It was published in one single place: a 1973 anthology honoring the late John W. Campbell. I couldn’t find it online anywhere else—not for sale via Smashwords, not published in a magazine I could...

Smashwords reaches 10 billion published words
February 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords 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 more important. Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker addressed some of this in his blog on Monday. It took a little more than four years for the first five billion words to get published through Smashwords. The second five billion mark happened in fewer than two years. It took some time for self-publishing to catch on,...

Why doesn’t Smashwords buy Nook?
January 13, 2014 | 4:37 pm

SmashwordsThis 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 nine-week holiday period," digital content sales falling 27.3 percent and devices and accessories 66.7 percent. "The big question for B&N is whether there is a profitable ebook and digital content business to be pulled from the mess of Nook," Purcell concludes. "For too long, the digital content side of the business has been a slave to the device side."...

Smashwords reviews the past year while predicting publishing trends for 2014
January 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

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 site has gotten bigger and bigger, becoming one of the most influential distribution outlets in the e-book market. In 2013, 25,000 new authors joined Smashwords bringing the total to more than 83,000 on the site. In addition, it added more than 85,000 book titles. Smashwords authors found success as well. Record revenue - Our...

Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital: My Choice and Why
December 27, 2013 | 2:10 pm

smashwords vs. draft2digitalI 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 Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital. There's lively debate on various indie publishing communities about the advantages and disadvantages of each, but I wanted to do my own research, based on my main criteria, which was maximum distribution. eBook formatting options were less important since I'd already hired someone...