I’m back on #Smashwords (want to know why?)
Some people swear by Amazon, especially Kindle Select. Some won’t touch Amazon with a barge pole. I don’t fit either of those models. I don’t like the idea of Amazon becoming a monopoly and frankly, I like Adobe Digital Editions (free here) and the way it displays epub content. So when I was forced to self publish (the story is here) I decided to go for Draft 2 Digital, which allows me to consolidate sales to several outlets in one place. I’d never made many sales at Smashwords anyway, so I made that choice. Here’s the story.
What changed my mind? Two things. I noticed a few searches on my blog for epubs by me. And secondly I went looking for a book myself; Jack McDevitt’s Echo, for those interested. It was published a year or two ago, but I’d missed it. So I ended up at the Amazon site, where I’d bought McDevitt’s later book, Firebird. Mind you, I’d winced at the price. $7.99 for a paperback and around $12 for an ebook? The major publishers need to take a long, hard, serious look at themselves – but that’s another story. To my absolute consternation, Echo was not available in kindle. Don’t believe me? See here. So I went to the Penguin site, where I couldn’t buy through Paypal and was expected to give my street address even though it wasn’t needed. Then I went to Barnes and Noble and after several tries which resulted in system errors, discovered I couldn’t buy the book because I don’t live in America. FFS, didn’t we go through all this? Isn’t it time publishing caught up with the rest of the world???
So then I did a Google search – ‘Jack McDevitt epub’. And received a flood – a deluge – a tsunami – of pirate torrent sites offering free downloads. This got me to thinking. Maybe if I wasn’t an author myself I would, in desperation, have downloaded a free book. Maybe people don’t know that Nook, Sony, Kobo etc all offer epubs that should work on any platform that supports epubs. If people put in ‘greta van der rol epub’ I’d rather they found Smashwords than a pirate site. So I loaded my books back on Smashwords. I still publish to Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Apple through Draft 2 Digital. I’ve found ‘Channel Manager’ on Smashwords, which allows me to opt out of distributing to outlets that already have my books. But they’re there on Smashwords for you to enjoy. Here’s my page.
And here are a few SPECIAL deals
You’ll see a list of my other books down the left hand side of any of those books.
For those interested, I DID find Echo as an ebook on Amazon (Here it is) Please note there are no reviews on this novel. There are lots on the other editions. Maybe Penguin made an oopsie.