Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of eBooks. Many authors choose to go with Amazon’s Kindle publishing program, but there appear to be some excellent reasons for going with Smashwords.

Kindle offers only one eBook format for its various Kindle readers while Smashwords offers all formats, so that one can purchase and download books for any eBook reader including iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, B&N Nook, Kobo, of even one’s computer. Broader distribution channels is a very practical reason for not wanting to go exclusively with Amazon. Philosophically, it represents a choice not to contribute to another big corporation’s attempt at monopolizing a given market.

A third option appears to be going with both. I read about this on the CreateSpace Community Forums. Many authors apparently publish on both venues to take advantage of Amazon’s higher royalty rates for its own authors, plus take advantage of sales to other eReader owners. Care must be taken in selecting sales channels on Smashwords, but it seems to be a popular way for authors to go.

So why am I blogging about eBooks? Am I going to publish an eBook edition of 5 Acres & A Dream The Book? Or perhaps upcoming Critter Tales? No, I tend to include a lot of photos. eBooks do best with text, so I will continue to publish my homestead books as paperbacks. What’s happened is, I have found myself researching this for a different author. I figured I might as make a record of what I’m learning and share it with others as well. So stay tuned for my take on what I find out.

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2 Responses to Smashwords

  1. farmer liz says:

    Hi Leigh, I agree, if you have lots of photos and diagrams, they do not suit the ebook layout. I prefer my ebook as a pdf, but some people want to read on kindle, so I published it as an ebook as well. It doesn’t look as nice in that format, you have to remove all tables and formatting, but the words are still there. It was something I had in mind as I was writing, to make sure it was suitable for ebook. In the end I think ebooks are better for fiction or books with no pictures.

    • Leigh says:

      Thanks Liz! I appreciate the information. Actually the pdf idea might be a good one for me too. I just bought a kindle and can convert a pdf to mobi with calibre, so I may check it out (just out of curiosity). I hope your book sells well. It’s the kind of information folks are looking for.

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