Indie publishing is a practical way to enter the market, with electronic readers now available at very reasonable prices. Smashwords.com offers distribution to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Diesel and other e bookstores:-
Smashwords Inc., based in Los Gatos, Calif., is an ebook self-publishing and distribution platform. The company began public operation in 2008, founded by Mark Coker.
Smashwords is a self-serve publishing service. Authors upload their manuscripts as Microsoft Word files to the Smashwords service, which converts the files into multiple ebook formats for reading on various ebook reading devices. Once published, the books are made available for sale online at a price set by the author. Smashwords does not use DRM.
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Join over 37,000 authors and publishers from around the world who use Smashwords to publish and distribute over 100,000 original ebooks (as of February 2012).
At Smashwords there are no setup fees, no packages to buy and no cost to update or revise your book. Smashwords also provide free ISBNs.
Smashwords is an authorized ebook distributor for most major online ebook retailers, including the Apple iPad iBookstore.
Smashwords is a certified Global Apple Aggregator distributing to iBookstores in 31 countries.
Smashwords books are also distributed into the native catalogs of top mobile e-reading apps such as Stanza on the iPhone and iPad (used by 4 million+ people) and Aldiko (over 2 million users) and Word-Player on Android devices.
To publish at Smashwords, you have got to be the original author or the exclusive digital publisher, distributor or literary agent.
Smashwords does not publish public domain or Private Label Rights books, for which see Kindle.
Smashwords is the world's leading ebook distributor for indie authors. Their free service helps you publish, distribute and sell your masterpiece.
Your book will be readable on any e-reading device, including the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble nook, your personal computer, Android devices, and others.
Smashwords authors gain access to free, do-it-yourself sales and marketing tools to help you promote your book. You receive 85 percent of the net sales proceeds from your titles. Affiliates receive between 60 - 70.5% of the list price of sales.
If you're the exclusive publisher of two or more different authors, and you want to list and control your authors' titles on Smashwords, you may upgrade your account for free to Publisher status. This allows you to list and publish all your authors and their titles as multi-format, DRM-free ebooks.
Each publisher is provided a custom-branded online bookstore, and the ability to list an unlimited number of ebook titles from an unlimited number of authors. Publishers receive 85 percent or more of the net sales proceeds from their titles.
Many traditional rules of publishing have been superceded by the long awaited advent of electronic publishing, where books are stored online and available for downloading to read on electronic tablets, such as for the ipad or kindle readers. These days it is possible to upload in thirty languages using Smashwords.com and books may even be read on mobile phones with the right application, such as Android. E-book stores such as Diesel Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Sony list thousands of easy to find titles at realistic prices.
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