My book "Adventures of a Lightworker: Dead End Date" is out in print, and I am looking to make it available via electronic means. I was looking to do Amazon/Kindle, but after hearing about Smashwords and their new agreement with Kindle and their in-place agreements with B&N, Sony, etc., it seems like that might be the way to go. It looks like there might be a little bit of a delay in getting on Kindle as the agreement is new, but that, overall, this would be the simpler choice. Any thoughts on this? What conclusions have you reached?
Caroline A. Shearer
While that is a simpler one-step process to just go through Smashwords to get on Amazon, the delay since I don't know if Smashwords has started sending stuff to Amazon yet, may make it easier if you use Smashwords to get into the other platforms and just do Kindle yourself.
I use Smashwords to sell via their site, B&N, Apple and Sony but opted out of allowing them to put my book on Kindle since I set my own titles up on Kindle via the DTP site that Kindle/Amazon has. It's quicker than allowing Smashwords to do it.
Hi, Caroline! I've done both. I have my book available on Amazon (Kindle) and on Smashwords with the Amazon distribution option turned off and the other options (Apple, Sony, kobobooks) turned on. My thinking: one less hand in the broth for Amazon sales and its easy enough to upload book to Amazon. Not sure if you did the Amazon distribution option via Smashwords if/how your categories / keywords would carry over. You also only get 200 character description on Smashwords. You get 2000 characters with Amazon . Although if you chose Smashwords you could always go directly into Amazon update page and lengthen description afterwards probably.
Thanks, y'all. I'm sort of getting to what I'm looking for here.
Let's say, hypothetically, that Smashwords has the Amazon/Kindle agreement up and running within the next couple of weeks. Would there still be a benefit to using Kindle separately via Amazon?
Also, of note, It sounds like royalties all-around are better at Smashwords.
Caroline A. Shearer
There was a press release awhile back that said something to the effect that at the end of June Amazon was raising it's royalty to 70% with some caveats (book price must be between $2.99 and $9.99, etc). You can find more info about it at: