Smashwords: A Cross-Platform E-Book Publisher Part-1

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 7th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In my last article I spoke about the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing e-book publishing platform. Today I want to tell you about Smashwords, an e-book publisher that allows you to publish your e-book in several different formats. Smashwords is one of the new kids on the block but there are many good reasons to select Smashwords over many of the older, more-better known e-book publishers.

An Overview of Smashwords.

Since its beginning in 2008, Smashwords has published over 80,000 titles by more than 30,000 author/publishers. Smashwords has rapidly become the largest indie e-book publisher in the world today. Smashwords distributes published e-books to all the major e-book retailers—Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and other major e-book sellers. Published e-books are distributed by Apple alone in 31 countries. Smashwords publishes e-book in nine different formats.

Why choose Smashwords over another e-book publisher?

There are many good reasons to choose Smashwords over other e-book publishers, but four of the most important ones are—FREE ISBN numbers, FREE e-book conversions to nine different formats, FREE unlimited updates to books and metadata, and FREE exclusive marketing and selling tools i.e., Smashwords Coupon Manager!

Free ISBN Registration.

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is the standard used globally for locating books. The ISBN has always been required to sell books through bookstores or to place them in libraries. In recent years, someonline book marketers, like Amazon dot com have started requiring them for e-books before they can be placed for sale on the site. Most publishers required the author/publisher to purchase the ISBN themselves which can become quite expensive. A single ISBN will cost the author/publisher $125. they become cheaper the more you purchase. Buying them in groups of 10, 100, and 1000 will cost a total $250, $575. and $1000 respectively. Smashwords is one of the few publishing houses that I know of that will provide you with an ISBN free of charge for each e-book you publish with them.

FREE e-book conversion in 9 formats.

No matter what format you compiled your e-book in, Smashwords will convert into the Kindle format, the Nook format, the Sony format,or any of the six other popular formats for distribution and sales world wide. There is absolutely no charge for this service.

FREE unlimited updates to books and metadata.

With Smashwords you can revise your published e-book as often as you like without being charged for the service. The same applies to the metadata. The metadata is the data describing the book yet not part of the book itself.

With Smashwords there are no up front charges.

There are no set up fees or one time publishing fees for each book published by you on Smashwords. You pay nothing unless you e-book sells. For each e-book purchased, Smashwords takes a commission of 15 percent. You, the author/publisher takes the lion's share, the remaining 85 percent,of each sale.

Sign up for a free account

Signing up for a free account is easy, just go to the new account registration page and fill in the required information. Once you have filled in all the required blanks click on the “Sign Up” Button.

Confirm registration.

The confirmation message screen appears sending you to check your email for a final confirmation link.

Welcome to Smashwords

Your welcoming email will look similar to this.
Simply click on the confirmation link to confirm your account.

You are an official member of Smashwords

You are signed up and ready to go.
In part two of this article I will explain how to publish your first e-book on Smashwords.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar johnnydod
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Good one Jerry, I agree with all you say, I have two books published on Smashwords

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Johnnydod. I have a series of e-books on electricity for the DIY electrician in the planning stage and I plan on publishing the completed series on Smashwords,
Thank for the read and the kind comment, Johnny.

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author avatar Buzz
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Jerry, for this information that will be extremely useful to me later on as I go along.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Jan 2012 (#)

I'm glad you find it useful. I try hard to write quality, useful article, opting to publish quality rather than quantity.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks gerry - looking forward to the next part as thats where I will need the help :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Faith. Part 2 will be coming shortly.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Great information, thanks Jerry:0)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Delicia, for the read and the kind comments.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks so much Jerry! Bravo on your star page that convinces me to sign up! :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Rama devi nina.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
9th Jan 2012 (#)

this adds to my budding interest on ebooks...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Much more to come, Cowboy. I will be having several multi part article running simultaneously, side-by-side on Wikinut on the topic of e-Books.

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author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
9th Jan 2012 (#)

great work sir! ^_^

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author avatar Mavicity
9th Jan 2012 (#)

I shall try this. Thanks!

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
9th Jan 2012 (#)

Jerry, has anyone told you that you are amazing today? This is fantastic. As an author in the middle of two ebooks I was wondering which way I was going to go with publishing them. thank you so very much for this.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2012 (#)

My pleasure, Melissa.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Now how did I miss this page. Lordy! I am not at this point yet but, when I am, you know I will be going to your well written pages for advice. Another gem Jerry. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Jerry, I do not see a email in my box from you. Since you did have a problem with getting one to me a few weeks back, I just thought I would let you know, just in case you sent it. If not, then when you have time, I will be looking for it. Well I hope your day is doing well. :)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Just sent it a few minutes ago.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Absolutely outstanding Jerry. Your professional style of presentation is an inspiration to us all, and this information is just great. I have self published a few books on several topics. In all cases, the content and style was modeled on other good sellers, with regard to composition, SEO density and format but hardly sold a thing. I am very inspired by this article, and am rushing over to join Smashwords. Thank you so very much dear friend, for this article.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Excellent smashwords info...thanks!! :-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Interesting. Now I'm off to study Smashwords. It might be a good option for my novel.
Decided to follow you too. Hope you might take a look a little old me!!

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author avatar MaryAnneSimpson
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Absolutely fine tutorial!

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author avatar Michelle Devon (Michy)
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I'm afraid I have to correct you on two small points: 1) Amazon.com doesn't require an ISBN for Kindle Direct Publishing. They assign an ASIN to your product. They only require the ISBN if they are selling a print hard copy. 2) You say most publishers make the author pay for the ISBN and this is incorrect as well. Most SELF publishing or VANITY press publishers make the author pay for the ISBN. A legitimate publisher who makes a contract to publish an author's book pays for everything, from editing to cover creation to formatting and ISBN and marketing and distribution and more. It's only self publishing companies and vanity presses that charge for these things. It's important aspiring authors know that it is not necessary to spend money to be published through a traditional trade publisher.

Choosing to self publish is a-ok in my book, pun intended, but at the same time, it's important that people who don't know the industry well realize that there are other options besides self publishing and that the money should flow to the author not away from the author when choosing these other options.

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