The new agreements with Odilo, Tolino and Yuzu span three continents and will allow over 300,000 Smashwords titles to reach new readers at retail, in higher education and at public libraries.
Here are details for each the three agreements:
Odilo brings Smashwords expanded library distribution in North America, South America and Europeannounced a deal with the ministry of culture in Spain to provide ebook services to over 15 million library card holders in Spain. The company is also running preliminary pilots to expand into Australia and New Zealand. About 40% of Odilo's ebook sales are books in English, 40% Spanish, 15% French and 5% German. Odilo's Smashwords catalog will exclude erotica. With the addition of over 200,000 titles from Smashwords, Odilo's offering to public libraries will grow to over one million titles. Smashwords authors and publishers will earn 45% list from Odilo sales, the same as from Smashwords library aggregators OverDrive and Baker & Taylor Axis 360. The Odilo announcement follows Smashwords' announcement of a library distribution relationship with Gardners' Askews & Holts library service in October. Similar to Gardners, but unlike OverDrive, Odilo will support FREE as a price at which libraries can acquire certain Smashwords books. At Smashwords, authors and publishers set the price of their books, and many have used the Smashwords Pricing Manager feature to provide libraries lower pricing, including pricing books at free for libraries that ordinarily carry a price at retail. Learn more about Odilo at http://www.odilo.es/
Tolino Brings Smashwords Books to Multiple Major German Ebook RetailersThalia, Welbild, Hugendubel, Der Club, Buch.de, Bücher.de, and eBook.de, among others. It's estimated that Amazon is the largest ebook seller in Germany, followed by the Tolino network of retailers, followed by other players such as iBooks, Google Play and Kobo which are estimated to be smaller in Germany. With the addition of Tolino, Smashwords authors and publishers now reach the German market with Tolino, iBooks and Kobo. Tolino markets its own dedicated Tolino-branded e-reading device through the brick and mortar stores of its retail partners, which tether the retailer's ebook store to the device. Learn more about Tolino at https://www.tolino-media.de/home
Yuzu® Brings Smashwords to Higher Education Markethttps://yuzu.com
Initial shipments to these partners will begin in early January. Smashwords authors who wish to opt out of any of these channels (not recommended!) may do so in their Dashboard's Channel Manager. Authors and publishers who have chosen to proactively opt out of new channels will not be able to reach these new partners unless they visit their Channel Manager and manually opt in. All other Smashwords authors and publishers will receive automatic distribution of their Premium Catalog titles to these new platforms, with the exception of erotica titles which are excluded from the the Odilo channel.
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