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Outskirts launches a self-publishing platform for iBooks
March 6, 2014 | 2:18 pm

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 announcement made via the London Book Fair. How this offering differs from the current "iPad/iPhone Premium Edition with Private Label iBooks Distribution" package available off the Outskirts website for $699 is not clear. The product blurb for the package outlines what it can achieve but not how it works - such as whether Outskirts undertakes to edit a manuscript delivered to it,...

Smashwords books in Scribd: All available later this week
March 3, 2014 | 12:55 pm

smashwords books in scribdI 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 books if you want to take a look at the selection. If you are an indie author and are concerned about piracy on Scribd, I'd strongly suggest you start distributing your books to Scribd using Smashwords. Here's why (from the email): One of the advantages of distributing through Smashwords to Scribd is that you'll be...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords Read an eBook Week promotion. Books-a-Million pleased with Espresso pilot
March 2, 2014 | 11:28 am

read an ebook week promotionIs Genre Fiction Creating a Market for Lemons? (Dear Author) Two decisions have converged during the rise of ebooks to make low-production-value, low-priced books much more commonplace. The first is the original decision by the Big 6 publishers to conspire illegally to set and maintain high prices for their ebooks. The second is the decision of authors to self-publish their books and price them much lower than Big 6 books in order to gain market share. *** Smashwords Announces Author Promo for Read an eBook Week (GoodeReader) Dubbed Read an eBook Week, a campaign that runs from March 2nd through 8th, the event offers...

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,...

Morning Roundup: iPad dominates business tablet usage. Smashwords updates eDelivery service
February 14, 2014 | 8:52 am

ipadSelf-Published Books: The Surprising Data from Amazon (Boing Boing) I think that there are a couple of important points that Howey skirts, if not eliding them altogether. *** iPad Dominates Business Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) Contrary to the oft held belief that the iPad suits more for entertainment than anything else, the Apple tablet has topped the charts among tablets used in the enterprise scene. *** Dangerous Ruling In Germany Makes Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement On Website It Registered (Techdirt) It's worrisome when a third party who had no direct involvement in the actual infringement can be blamed for it. Yet, in the legacy entertainment industry's...

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."...

Five rather odd trends in self-publishing for 2014
January 8, 2014 | 4:23 pm

self-publishingI 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, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. Under the headline "5 Key Trends in Self-Publishing for 2014," the article, by Carla King, "author, a publishing consultant, and founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp program," purports to pinpoint "the news that I think mattered most to self-publishers in 2013 and will continue to shape the industry this year." Only,...

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...

Scribd and Smashwords Author Compensation: Why It’s Confusing
December 27, 2013 | 10:47 am

scribd and smashwords author compensationTwo weeks ago, we covered the new Scribd/Smashwords partnership, and one of the things I noticed when I read the announcement was how complicated were the Scribd and Smashwords author compensation terms. I've already covered the first part of my interview with Andrew Weinstein, VP of Content Strategy at Scribd where he discussed piracy. When we finished that subject, I asked him about the compensation terms. You may remember that while Smashwords authors receive payment from Oyster when a reader completes 10% of the book, it's different for Scribd. The short version is that authors are paid in full when a reader completes...

Scribd to Partner With Smashwords. Adds More Than 225,000 Titles
December 19, 2013 | 9:45 am

scribdAs an author, Christmas has come early for me. Although I'm still writing the article detailing my experience, I decided last month to distribute my books through Smashwords. One of the reasons was the partnership with Oyster, and I was crossing my fingers that Scribd was to come. And today it has. Scribd just announced their partnership with Smashwords, and there's a lot to like, both as readers and authors. For readers, the number of books is close to on par with Oyster, who has already partnered with Smashwords. Unless I'm missing a partner, that gives both services basically the same book...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords Has a Major Website Redesign, Extend Amazon Prime if Package Is Late
December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

smashwordsSmashwords Unveils Major New Website Redesign (Smashwords) Smashwords today unveiled our first major website redesign since our launch in 2008. We made hundreds of changes large and small.  We also made technical changes behind the scenes that will lay the groundwork for us to introduce many new tools and features for authors and readers alike in 2014. *** Get Your Amazon Prime Membership Extended if Your Package Runs Late (Lifehacker) Here's a little-known fact about Amazon's Prime membership: The company guarantees your package will be delivered at the promised time. If it's not, Prime members can get a one-month extension of their membership. *** EFF's Reading List:...