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Partly because I had an accident which took long to recover from, I haven't been following this board for a while, and wonder what the latest consensus is about D2D vs Smashwords.

I have nearly all the same books published on both channels, perhaps more on D2D, which I was planning to shift to. But for the last couple of months, Smashwords has actually paid me more than D2D, and D2D customer service seems not anywhere as good as it once was. Also, I find a couple of books blocked on D2D, but never on Smashwords.  Pardon me for not following this board, but can someone bring me up to date with the latest advice on this?

Thanks, and happy holidays!
 

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Richardcrasta said:
Partly because I had an accident which took long to recover from, I haven't been following this board for a while, and wonder what the latest consensus is about D2D vs Smashwords.

I have nearly all the same books published on both channels, perhaps more on D2D, which I was planning to shift to. But for the last couple of months, Smashwords has actually paid me more than D2D, and D2D customer service seems not anywhere as good as it once was. Also, I find a couple of books blocked on D2D, but never on Smashwords. Pardon me for not following this board, but can someone bring me up to date with the latest advice on this?

Thanks, and happy holidays!
Nook got hacked, and their sales were not showing up on D2D until just recently, so that might be why. Smashwords is better if you write pornography, although I don't and dropped them years ago, when they had an argument with Paypal over allowing it's customers to use their bank to buy pron. SW won, as I recall. SW platform was much harder to format books back then, but I still use their format formula before uploading books to D2D.
 

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Okay thanks, that may partly explain it, on the whole my D2D sales have been better than Amazon in some months, and also better than Smashwords. I wondered if something was changing. Also, the pandemic and the election uncertainty have kept us all, or many of us, glued to "breaking news"--which is so cynically overused.

On D2D, my best sales used to come from Apple and Scribd. Just to be on the safe side, I am keeping both D2D and SW, even though I'm somtimes confused about which to link on my website/social media: the D2D edition or the SW edition.
 

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I use both. D2D has a better setup, but Smashwords has its own store.

My main retailers, Apple, are with D2D currently. The royalty and customer service is a future consideration regarding changing distributors--I've shuffled around a few in the past--but, honestly, I haven't seen a big advantage of one distributor over another.
 
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