Smashwords said it now publishes and distributes more 4,800 original e-books from 2,200 independent authors and about 80 small independent publishers. The service launched in May 2008 with a focus on self-published authors, and then in May 2009 expanded its offerings to support publishers as well.Publishers Weekly had news that writers will be especially interested in:
Similar to its deal with Shortcovers, Smashwords will pay authors and publishers 42.5% of the digital list price (set by the author) for book sales through Amazon.Smashwords expects to begin shipping e-books to Amazon on November 25 and the books will begin appearing in the Kindle store some time in December. You can opt-out if you don’t want your books on Kindle.
Having your book available in e-form does not mean you’re anti-print. For those who want to be in both digital and print or those who want to be in digital form only, this gives you another avenue to reach readers. I also think we’re closer to a format that will be compatible with all e-readers, which is vital to the longevity of this “new” way of reading.