I love Smashwords. And so should you. If you’re not familiar with this juggernaut of independent publishing let me bring you up to speed.
Smashwords is an independent eBook publishing platform that makes it super easy for a writer to self-publish.
Established in 2008 by Mark Coker, Smashwords has grown to be home to over 70,000 independent authors who together have published 310,000 eBooks to the largest retailers on the planet. We’re talking Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Apple, Diesel, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor Blio, Library Direct, Baker-Taylor Axis 360, Flipkart, Oyster and Scribd and of course, Smashwords itself.
In six short years, Smashwords has re-written the playbook. It’s no longer seen as a vanity project to self publish but as a valid way to take back control from greedy publishers. Authors are finally understanding they can hire their own editors and designers and put together an eBook that looks as good as anything the majors can build.
Increasingly, author’s are realising if they have a large email list, they already have a direct line to their readers. With savvy use of social media, authors can nurture and grow their fans and success. Just ask Smashwords authors Joseph Lallo and Brian Pratt.
So, that’s the Smashwords universe and it’s about to get a whole lot bigger following Tim Cooks’ announcement of OS8 for iPhone and iPad.
Smashwords already ships to Apple iBookstore – which is a fantastic bonus for Smashwords writers. Apple OS8 will make Apple iBooks part of the operating system instead of a stand alone App. This will potentially put your eBook into the pockets of 1 billion readers making Apple OS8 and Smashwords a killer combination. Incredible!
If you are not already publishing on Smashwords, I highly recommend you move your books onto the platform to be lined up for when OS8 goes live in a few months. With inbuilt series control, ePub conversion, free ISBN number, pre-order control, a single dashboard for distribution control and shipping to Apple AND Amazon, Smashword’s and Apple iBookstore are already a winning combination.
It’s an exciting time to be an independent writer and publisher. With the new integration of iBooks right inside OS8, it just got a whole lot better.
So, I love Smashwords. You should too. You can read Mark Coker’s blog on the announcement in full right here.
What do you think of the announcement? Please leave a comment below.