We just hit 150 million words of original indie ebooks published at Smashwords, up 50 percent from only seven weeks ago.
I believe in big goals, so here's crazy one: Come join with Smashwords as we strive to reach one billion words by the end of 2010.
It took us 17 months to get where we're at today. Can we grow 700 percent in 15 months? Sure, why not, let's go for it.
As Smashwords grows, it opens up exciting new opportunities for our authors and publishers to connect with readers around the globe.
Please encourage every author and publisher you know to upload their books to Smashwords. We offer free, easy and instant ebook publishing, and free distribution to major online retailers. No hidden fees or packages to buy. 85 percent net back to the author or publisher.
To learn how to make your books available to a worldwide audience in minutes, visit this link for How to Publish at Smashwords.
Update - November 3, 2009: We hit 200 million words today, up 33% in less than one month.
Update - January 7, 2010: We hit 315 million words today, up 57% in two months. Only 685 million words to go.
Update - April 14, 2010: We hit 500 million, halfway there!
Update - June 4, 2010: We hit 600 million
Update - September 10, 2010: We hit 872 million. Wow. Over a quarter billion words in three months, almost 100 million per month.
Update - October 23, 2010: Goal reached ahead of schedule!!! See the blog post here.
Update - December 27, 2010: With five days to go in the year, we hit exactly 1.25 billion words at about 1:20 Pacific time today.