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Are indie authors headed for doom and gloom?
November 26, 2014 | 12:25 pm

indie authors doom and gloomI 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 started with the idea that self-publishing is getting more difficult for a number of reasons including more quality works being published and an over-supply of books. The Smashwords founder recently posted the second half of that speech on his blog (saving me the trouble of transcribing it). What Coker says is right, there is sobering news...

Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo
November 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

logoSelf-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 reasons have allowed Smashwords to grow into a leading distributor of e-books. Here were Coker’s 10 trends in the self-publishing marketplace: 1. Rise of ebooks When Smashwords was incorporated in 2007, e-books accounted for one-half of one percent of the market, according to Coker. Amazon brought a lot of attention to the ebook market and it starting...

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...

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’ 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...

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,...

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...

Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond
November 16, 2013 | 12:50 pm

NielsenThe 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, Amazon’s CreateSpace comes in at number one with 131,000 published ISBN registrations, more than double than what it did in 2011 (59,000). Bowker based the data on ISBN registrations, which is handled by Bowker. More than 50 publishers were mentioned in the report. Author Solutions was another name that popped up often with divisions or imprints of the company often...

Smashwords Releases 250,000th Indie E-Book
September 9, 2013 | 4:28 pm

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 the growth of the company, and how indie authors had a place to upload books. This was around 2010, and I was amazed. I didn’t know much about digital self-publishing at the time, and couldn’t believe there was a site out there like Smashwords. I...

Smashwords Opens Distribution to India
August 29, 2013 | 9:14 pm

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 Amazon of India. To be fair to Flipkart, Amazon would probably kill to become the Flipkart of India someday,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote. Coker also notes that Flipkart has told him that according to Nielsen BookScan Retail Panel data, Flipkart holds 80 percent market share for online book sales in India. Flipkart offers reading apps for...

Smashwords Announces New Self-Interview Tool for Authors
August 21, 2013 | 8:20 pm

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 questions I tend to ask myself, and yet when it’s a self-published author I'm interested in, I don't often find the answers. Google can only do so much. Smashwords, however, has developed a new tool—it's called Smashwords Interviews—that allows the authors on its site to give readers that...