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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 details payment plan for authors using Oyster subscription model
October 29, 2013 | 2:30 pm

oysterIt’s been dubbed the “Spotify for ebooks,” which sounds great for booklovers. But how were authors going to benefit from Oyster, a monthly subscription for an unlimited amount of books? Smashwords recently revealed its payment terms for Oyster, and GigaOM had the info. Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker sent an email to authors and publishers with details: “As a Smashwords author or publisher, you’ll earn 60 percent of your book’s retail list price whenever an Oyster subscriber reads more than 10 percent of your book, starting from the beginning of the book forward. It’s an author-friendly model. That’s the same rate Smashwords...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords beta testing Kindle and Dropbox Integration; Amazon’s Quiet Time; more
October 1, 2013 | 11:00 am

Smashwords is Now Beta Testing Kindle and Dropbox Integration (The Digital Reader) If you like supporting indie authors and you like to buy DRM-free ebooks then chances are you’re probably buying at least some of your ebooks from Smashwords, and I have some good news for you today. *** The Times, They are a Changin---or are they? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Ask pretty much anyone in scholarly publishing – or, indeed scholarly communications more generally – to describe the last few years and the chances are that they will use adjectives such as, “disruptive”... *** Does Amazon's Quiet Time Infringe on Kobo's Patents for Reading Mode? (GoodeReader) Amazon...

Morning Roundup: Netflix for ebooks; goodbye nightly reading; more
September 12, 2013 | 8:46 am

New Smashwords Series Manager Improves Book Discovery (Smashwords) Smashwords today released a powerful new tool called Series Manager that makes series books more discoverable. Series Manager allows series writers to attach their books to series, and manage multiple aspects of their series metadata. *** I Really Like Oyster...but... (The Digital Reader) So a new Netflix for ebooks launched last week. Oyster promises access to a 100,000 title catalog for only $10 which includes titles from some major publishers. I finally got around to trying it today, and I love. *** Five Startups to Watch from Kaplan's TechStars-Powered Ed Tech Accelerator Demo Day (GigaOM) Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator...

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...

Back to School Week, Part 2: Where To Get E-Books for Your Kids
September 6, 2013 | 11:46 am

e-bookIn my "Back to School Week, Part 1" post, I talked about some books for parents. Today, I'm talking about books for kids. Where can you get them? The library is one obvious answer. So is the store which came with your device—Kindle, Kobo, Sony, etc.. But what if you are, like me, only purchasing DRM-free books these days? Where can you get quality stuff which is appropriate for your kids? Here are some off-the-beaten-path recommendations: 1. Public Domain Repositories Most of us already know about Project Gutenberg. But for children's books, where graphics and layout matters, The Internet Archive Children's Library is a wonderful...

Oyster Launches ‘Spotify for e-books’
September 5, 2013 | 4:40 pm

We've known it was coming. Someone was going to finally launch an "all-you-can-eat" plan for e-books, and no, the Kindle Lending Library wasn't it. Today, Oyster launches with its subscription service and app for the iPhone. iPad and other platforms are "coming soon." So far, it looks good. They say they have over 100,000 e-book titles available from publishers such as HarperCollins, Workman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Smashwords. I've been meaning to get my own books into more stores, and I have planned to research Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital and make a decision. Oyster could make me lean heavily toward Smashwords, once...

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, 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...

For one author with bipolar disorder and PTSD, self-publishing was the ultimate therapy
August 20, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Roni Askey-DoranBy Roni Askey-Doran When I decided to write a book called "I'm Bipolar And I Know It," documenting my experiences with bipolar disorder and PTSD over four decades, I knew I would instantly be smeared with the unflattering “crazy” label by countless people who fear things they don't understand.  Taking seemingly insane risks, however, is not new to me. I've done that my whole life, from leaping off cliffs while attached to a flimsy piece of silk connected to bits of string in a sport known as paragliding, to publishing a satire magazine called Istanbullshit in the middle of an emerging Islamic democracy. In these...

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Do You Pre-Order Your E-Books?
July 29, 2013 | 10:00 am

pre-orderOver the weekend came the news that Smashwords is rolling out the ability to pre-order its titles in the major bookstores. Yay? Or meh? Before we get too excited, Michael Kozlowski asks the necessary follow-up question: Do people actually use this shopping method? Do you out there in Internetland actually pre-order books? Kozlowski acknowledges that surely, some people do pre-order, or there wouldn't be a demand for offering it. But he adds that booksellers have been less keen to exploit some of the incentives that movie, music and video game companies have for shelling out early. From the article: "If you order an album...