I'm a little confused with Smashwords. Do you automatically publish on Nook and Pubit and all those others if you publish on Smashwords? Also does everybody need to get a number to sell to more places?
Hi Kimberly,Kimberly Van Meter said:Smashwords was a huge waste of time on my part. I know there are people selling and doing well with that platform but I'm not one of them and when I think of how I nearly tore out every strand of hair as I tried to figure out the kooky formatting, I wonder why I even bothered. Kindle has been the best thus far for me. Like Smashwords, Pubit has been similarly useless in terms of sales. *sigh* Live and learn!
Yes, there are some seemingly helpful things at Smashwords, alas, none seemed to work for me. I ran a coupon, posted it on FB and Twitter, and I have a free read on SW, yet my sales have ground to a halt. It's a disappointment for sure, but I'm pleased with my Kindle showing so at least I have some movement.Todd Russell said:Like if you want to use them for coupons and distributing to the Apple iBookstore. Unless you buy your own ISBN and have a newer Apple machine Smashwords is currently the most cost effective way to get there. Smashwords will also automatically remind anybody who has bought your book to please write a review. That in itself is a handy feature. You can also have free books at Smashwords if you want which you cannot do at Amazon.
Add to that a nice Summer sale promotion going on right now...
I have everything on Smashwords and sell to the other outlets through them, except for Kindle, of course. I sell more on Kobo and Sony than I do on either Apple or B&N. I have no idea why that is.modwitch said:I use Smashwords as a reader service. I have enough readers that are international or want .pdf format that it's an easy way to meet their needs without selling ebooks on my site. I don't use premium distribution - I go direct to B&N and apple, and pretend the others don't exist .
You just restored my faith in Smashwords. I'll continue the tedious process of editing according to their format.TheSFReader said:I personally try and find a Smashwords version of each and every book I buy before going and buying it elsewhere.
Well, I must say it's more :
Is there a Direct sell link ? (author or publisher) ? Yes ? buy
Is There a Smashwords link ? yes ? Buy
Is it at B&N or Amazon ? If yes check DRMs. If DRMed check again the motivation. If still OK, buy it and get rid of the DRM.
With Smashwords, I know 2 things : No DRMs, and I give some money to an Amazon concurrent, hence trying and balance the market.
Huge untapped market right there. You wouldn't believe the number of uni students that do their readings on their phones. The upcoming generation have absolutely no attachment to paper and read quite happily on anything with a screen.K. A. Jordan said:That's 90 million potential readers.
I read even more on my Iphone than I do on my Kindle these days. I always have my phone with me and if I get stuck in a checkout line, I pull it out and read.Herc- The Reluctant Geek said:Huge untapped market right there. You wouldn't believe the number of uni students that do their readings on their phones. The upcoming generation have absolutely no attachment to paper and read quite happily on anything with a screen.
Do you think that a sample downloaded equals a lost sale, though?catjournalist said:Is sampling mandatory with all e-book publishers? At Smashwords, seems many samples do not necessarily translate to sales. Would it be better to request this be changed? Any thoughts would be appreciated.