Friday, August 28, 2009

Barnes & Noble to Distribute Smashwords Ebooks

Smashwords has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to distribute Smashwords ebooks.

As you might imagine, we're thrilled.

Until today, it was difficult if not impossible for many independent authors and publishers to gain such mainstream digital distribution. Now with Smashwords, virtually any deserving author, anywhere in the world, can receive broader distribution for their ebook.

We trust this is good news for Barnes & Noble as well because it makes thousands of new titles accessible to their customers. As any large retailer can attest, you want to carry the broadest possible selection for your customers yet it's virtually impossible to strike relationships with every individual author or publisher who walks in the door.

Even with ebooks, where an online store can offer virtually limitless online shelf space, it's still a challenge to sign on promising authors, because each business relationship requires technical setup, contracts, accounts payable systems, automated data feeds, sales tracking and more. We're an onramp that makes it easy for Barnes & Noble to accept and sell books from indie authors and publishers.

This is an important milestone for Smashwords. 15 months ago when we launched, we were an ebook publishing platform for self-published authors. Earlier this year we opened our services to publishers. And today, we expand our role to that of an ebook distributor as well.

Smashwords ebooks are now distributed via multiple online channels, including Smashwords.com, Stanza (the e-reading app used by 2 million + people on the iPhone/iPod Touch), Aldiko (for Google Android phones) and soon, the Barnes & Noble network (Barnesandnoble.com, Fictionwise, Ereader app, others).

If you're an author or publisher, I invite you to join with us today. We'll make it easy for you to publish and distribute your book to a worldwide audience. Our services are free. As the author or publisher, you keep up to 85% of the net (net = proceeds to Smashwords multiplied by .85). We offer you free social media-enabled tools to help you take control over your marketing and promotion.

As part of this development, we're creating a Premium Catalog, which contains Smashwords titles that meet the mechanical requirements for distribution. We posted a page to inform our authors and publishers about how to gain inclusion in the Premium Catalog: http://www.smashwords.com/distribution. Pardon our dust. These guidelines will surely evolve as we work out the inevitable kinks and bugs along the way.

Stay tuned. We're just getting started.

11 comments:

Alan said...

Well done, Mark - this is fantastic news!

Alan Baxter

meredyth said...

This is wonderful. Great work!

qorvus said...

Amazing news.

Another reason to finish off something that isn't just short stories.

And to learn to make decent covers :)

nizejpodpisany said...

It's a really great news, especially for a Smashwords author from the other part of the world:)

Shayne Parkinson said...

It's wonderful to see Ebooks being taken seriously, Mark. Thanks so much for your work to make this happen.

rjkeller said...

Great news, Mark!!!
Thanks for all your hard work.

Santos Dumont Número 8 said...

Great news, Mark. Congratulations! @cssoares

George LaCas said...

Great news, Mark! As the author of The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue, I'm glad to see my indie title getting a little extra exposure!

Scath said...

I was happy to see this, until I learned about their e-reader, Nook, and it's 'lending' ability.

What information do you have about it?

Mark Coker said...

Scath, once I learn more, I'll update SW authors. Our approach has always been to let our authors decide, so we'll investigate how to give you the control.

Scath said...

Thanks for the quick response, Mark, and excellent! =)