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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...

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...

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,...