Amazon and Apple iBookstore’s serve as the current top two e-readers; however, there are several more top online booksellers where you will want to submit your book and using Smashwords is an easy way to achieve this.
Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords provides his insights into his e-publishing platform and the future of ebooks.
Smashwords is a combination e-book publishing and distribution platform offering multi-platform, DRM-free (digital rights management) ebooks readable on any eReader device.
NOTE: Smashwords does not distribute ebooks to Amazon at this time, but that is in the works, so stay tuend.
For Readers, Authors and Publishers
Smashwords is a great venue for readers to discover new voices in a plethora of categories and genres. Upon registration the site offers useful tools for search and offers new features each week based on customer feedback.
Smashwords gives authors and publishers complete control of their work, including sampling, pricing and marketing. Author contracts are non-exclusive. The author retains all ownership rights to their works and are free to publish anywhere; however, you must be the legal copyright owner of the work; public domain books are not acceptable.
This makes Smashwords an an ideal platform for publishing novels, poetry, memoirs, non-fiction essays and more. Plus it is free to publish and distribute on Smashwords.
About Smashwords and Mark Coker
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