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What would make an Amazon competitor competitive?
October 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

competitionAs 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, Kobo or Apple to be the ideal competition, although together, they may not be too bad. So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace. As a reader This was tough because Amazon does...

Weekend Roundup: No more “Smashwords Edition” Kobo to fix download issue
September 28, 2014 | 11:23 am

smashwordsLee Child on Why He Signed with Authors United (PW) Lee Child, the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels, revealed why he cares about the Amazon-Hachette dispute -- and it's not about e-book royalties. Child wrote, "it’s a thus-far-and-no-further thing for me. I don’t want Amazon to be the only publisher." *** Kobo Promises to Fix eBook Download Issue (The Digital Reader) Kobo has officially commented today on the 4 plus year old issue of Kobo customers not being able to download their purchases. *** James Patterson: Best Friend to Indie Bookshops (GalleyCat) Taking a page from his 2013 announcement to give a cool $1 mil...

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...

Morning Roundup: New art project aimed at book lovers. Lovecraft-inspired collection on Kickstarter
July 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

lovecraft Cthulhu plushieSmashwords CEO on Why He Supports Hachette Against Amazon (Digital Book World) Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords and an indie author himself, is rooting for Hachette in its current business dispute with Amazon. *** London Unveils New Public Art Project Aimed at Book Lovers (GoodeReader) The streets of London are being transformed due to a new public art project that puts a priority on books. Books About Town is a new initiative that celebrates the city’s rich literary heritage. *** H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured on Kickstarter (GalleyCat) The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the...

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?
July 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone screenWhy 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 for Indie Authors (Smashwords) This year, we break new ground with more data, including survey questions that explore preorders and series, two categories of inquiry that weren't possible in prior years. *** This Could be the First Look at the New iPhone's Sapphire Glass Screen (GigaOM) A leaked part provided to a French blogger appears to be...

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...

Overdrive segregating Smashwords books. Disappointed but not surprised
June 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

overdrive logoNate 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 does ship the books to Overdrive. HOWEVER, in order for the librarian to even FIND the books in the list, she had to spend a lot of time researching. None of the usual methods worked: Title, nope. Author name, nope. OH. Turns out there is a box on overdrive underneath some other menu…labeled “Self-published.” Once she FOUND...

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 partners with Overdrive
May 20, 2014 | 9:15 am

SmashwordsMany 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 local libraries using OverDrive, the companies announced on Tuesday. "This is huge news," Smashwords founder Mark Coker said in a phone interview. "It's difficult for self-published authors to get distribution on OverDrive. They (OverDrive) can't take on titles one-by-one. OverDrive would have to invest millions of dollars in technical aspects. "This is something we can offer with an aggregator like Smashwords.” More...

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...