The news comes in time for these authors to participate in the 6th annual Smashwords End of Year sale, which promises to be our biggest ever. The sale kicks off December 15 and runs through January 1.
This important milestone marks the successful completion of the first phase of a three-phase roadmap following Draft2Digital's acquisition of Smashwords which completed in March of this year.
It's the first step in a dramatic transformation to come.
In phase 2, during the first half of 2023, we'll port Smashwords' industry-leading book marketing tools over to Draft2Digital, and in phase 3, scheduled for the second half of the year, we'll migrate all Smashwords authors and publishers over to Draft2Digital.
The completion of phase 3 will transform Smashwords from a primarily author-facing site into an a reader-facing store front. It will allow us to create a cleaner, simpler, and more enjoyable bookstore experience for readers.
This is also the first time that Smashwords has allowed the books from other distributors into our store. It won't be the last. Later in 2023 we hope to open the store to other other ONIX-capable distributors and publishers of DRM-free ebooks.
As new books and authors flow into the store, they bring with them more readers who can then discover our already-amazing selection of 600,000 and growing independently published ebooks.
The Smashwords store is on track to close out 2022 with our sixth consecutive year of sales growth. It's an impressive testament to the quality, diversity, and desirability of independently published ebooks.
You can read the full announcement over at the Draft2Digital blog.