Monday, May 19, 2014

Smashwords to Distribute 250,000+ eBooks to txtr

Smashwords today announced a distribution agreement with txtr, an ebook retailing and e-reading platform based in Berlin.

txtr operates ebook stores on the web at txtr.com and through e-reading apps for iOS, Android, the Mac and Windows 8. txtr also powers the ebook store for UK-based retailer Foyles and powers the stores of two Eastern European mobile network operators. 

txtr is currently developing txtr-powered ebook stores for US-based mass merchant retailers though the details of these relationships have not been announced yet. Once txtr is ready to announce these or other exciting developments, I’ll share with Smashwords authors.

Over 250,000 Smashwords titles – which come from many of the world’s bestselling indie authors – will bring txtr’s ebook catalog to over 1.7 million titles.  Smashwords titles join titles from most of the major New York publishers.

The addition of txtr marks an ongoing global expansion of the Smashwords retail distribution network.  Smashwords authors can upload one book to Smashwords and have it distributed within hours or days to a growing number of retail and library sales outlets.

txtr will retail Smashwords books at the price set by Smashwords authors and publishers (no discounting), or at the local currency equivalent. Smashwords will pay authors 60% list after the deduction of VAT taxes, if any (similar to how we pay for iBooks sales).  In the months ahead, Smashwords will also supply preorders to txtr because their platform supports preorders.

Smashwords titles will begin appearing for sale at txtr on or shortly after this Friday. Smashwords authors are automatically opted in to txtr as with all new Smashwords channels, but may opt out anytime from the Smashwords Dashboard's Channel Manager in the next three days to prevent their titles from going on sale (we do not recommend opting out!).  As with all new retail and library partners, we send test shipments in advance of each partner's launch and we always provide an opt-out window of at least 48 hours. You'll see these test shipments in your Channel Manager. 

I’ll send out an email notification on Tuesday to all Smashwords authors covering the txtr agreement and additional important news yet to come (stay tuned!).

14 comments:

MarieKazalia said...

It's wonderful that Smashwords is reaching outward this way expanding , while other platforms do not so much.

Leonore Dvorkin said...

Great news. I hope this helps me and my husband, David Dvorkin, as we have many books published with Smashwords. Those of our many editing clients are published there, too. We are quite happy to see all this networking among various online sellers. - Leonore H. Dvorkin, www.leonoredvorkin.com

Jill James said...

Always excited to see a new distribution site. Keep up the good work, Mark.

Inkling said...

Great to see the overseas distribution network grow. Offer full support of epub 3.0 distribution, and I'll be as happy as can be.

Gary Davies said...

Good news! I am puzzled however by the number of ebooks given (250000+) as Smashwords has over 300000. Does that imply that they expect perhaps 50000 to opt out or what?









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Mark Coker said...

Gary, we only distribute Premium Catalog-approved books, and this number is under 300,000. It's actually higher than 250,000, but I like to be conservative with numbers. I don't anticipate many opt outs. thanks

JM Davis said...

Glad to hear about the expansion. Good work, Mark.

Anna Erishkigal said...

Yay!!!

[*Kermit flail*]

We've been doing some marketing overseas and it's always good to give people another 'local' option.

Thanks!

Louis Shalako said...

This confirms the virality of the medium. Simply by being in Smashwords, books pop up for sale in online stores all over the world. Some of the platforms will never sell one book. Yet I'm seeing sales on Flipkart, and hopefully txtr will do the same.

Jason Matthews said...

Lovin' the expansion!

widdershins said...

Bravo!!!!

Michelle Howard said...

Fantastic Mark

Anna aizic-meir said...

Thanks Mark Coker! If you build it they will write:-)

Anna Aizic

swappster said...

I'm opted in - so why aren't my books (or me as an author) showing up?