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In case no one noticed yet, check out the Smash words blog. Mark and team have launched Smashwords Direct as of 12-31-12.

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co-signed about updating B&N, I figure by now we can give up hope on November or December being added to our balance come next pay period. I know it's not smashwords fault, but they could tell us what's going on, at least.
 
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Yes! That should make using it a lot easier (and give more predictable results.)
 

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As I mentioned in the other thread about this, I'm seriously unimpressed. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I don't understand the point of this "feature" when we still have to have a SW specific copyright page (which means potentially more work and yet another file) and it only replaces or works for the epub version. If you want to have other formats, you still need to have the doc file. Am I just missing something here?
 

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I agree with NRWick, I'm underwhelmed at their 'efforts'. I'd been waiting for a long time of SW to implement a change, but meanwhile I found that I could submit my epubs to XinXii and Draft2Digital without problems and that their customer service and general attitude are much more professional than that of SW. I think SW has become a bit complacent with their success and are now scrambling to stay ahead of the competition.
"Gee, is it December 31st already? Maybe we better get that epub upload stuff done like we promised..."
 

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In my view, the only purpose to using Smash at all is for aggregation to itunes and if you're not in the states, to B&N. So to me, the epub is the only thing that matters anyway. I don't mind the direct sales, but it was getting to be more pain than it was worth and I was considering going direct to Apple or using Lulu.

I have a pretty solid system for producing epubs either straight out of Scrivener or through Word/Mobi. They have a correct html and ncx table of contents. They have full metadata which supposedly some stores use for their searching. They also look a lot better than the meatgrinder ones. There are page breaks where there should be, like between the title page and the book and before chapters. I put a little tiny (6 points) space between paragraphs, despite using indents. Adding in the smashwords disclaimer is a whole lot easier than dumping it all into a xp/2003 word doc and then reformatting.
 

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I've not yet ventured onto Smashwords for publishing but was a bit put off when I reads their guidelines a while back. I thought this seemed more hopeful at first but it seems it may be giving you more to do to publish? Format the Word doc, then format it again for epub?

Perhaps I'll wait a little longer and see if things change again...
 

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Tell me again why we need Smashwords?


Umm... for selling erotica.  ;)

I withdrew my thrillers from there about a month ago. I've had more borrows on them today in Select than I had in the whole month of November on the other sites.  :p
 

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If you publish to iBookstore via Smashwords can pen names actually remain 'secret'? Since it is technically 'sold by' Smashwords?
 

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So far as I know, Smashwords is the only way to go free at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon only price matches if your book is either:

free at Barnes and Noble
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not on Barnes and Noble and free at Kobo or iTunes.
 

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Cherise Kelley said:
So far as I know, Smashwords is the only way to go free at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon only price matches if your book is either:

free at Barnes and Noble
or
not on Barnes and Noble and free at Kobo or iTunes.
That's not necessarily true. My book Bad Vibrations is free on iTunes and Kobo, but not on B&N because I go direct, and Amazon still price-matched it.
 

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Cherise Kelley said:
So far as I know, Smashwords is the only way to go free at Barnes and Noble (…)
I went with Draft2Digital both for paid and free on B&N and iStore.

Uploading an epub took all of ten minutes (if that) and went through without a hitch.

You can choose to get paid by PayPal, EFT or cheque.

And no SW-like branding either.
 
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