You might have heard of, but you may not know what it is, or why you should care. Never fear, I’m here to tell you!

For Readers:

Smashwords has an extensive selection of ebooks with authors whose experiences are as varied as their works. Available Ebook categories include Adventure, Children’s books, Drama,Erotica, Fantasy, Humor, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, Biographies, Reference books, Inspiration, Parenting and more.  with a Vampire)

Aside from variety Smashwords is also a good place to find eBook deals. Many books (like my Shades of Gray and 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire) are available to “set your own price”, meaning you pay exactly what you think the book is worth.  And, for the frugal shopper, there’s a huge variety of free reads.

But, I think the absolute best thing about Smashwords are the multiple file types. eBooks are available as

Most smashwords books are also available at iTunes,,, among others, however, the set your own price does not apply on third party sites like those.

For Authors:

To start with, Smashwords is free, and, as I mentioned above, it automatically turns your uploaded document into several different formats, so that nearly every eReader on the planet can open it.  And, if your document passes the formatting standards for Premium catalog inclusion, you can opt in for distribution through other sites. Current distributors are Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Amazon, Sony and Diesel.  Or, if you prefer, you can opt out of any, or all, distributors. For instance if you use Amazon’s dtp service you may want to opt out of Kindle, or if you use Barnes and Noble’s new publishing service you may want to opt out of them.

Smashwords doesn’t do any advertising for you; they’re a distributor and YOU are the publisher. You own all the rights and you can simultaneously publish with as many other companies or POD’s (print on demand) as you like. You can also take your book off the market whenever you want without breaking a contract. Smashwords also allows you to update your files (both your cover file and your interior files) as many times as you need to.

If you want to know more, check out, or stop by their FAQ page.

And, here’s a really cool video that will probably explain things much better than I ever could!

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  1. Amanda

     /  November 29, 2010

    Awesome post, Jo.

    I may use smashwords, if I ever write a book.

  2. Thanks for this, sounds like a great thing.

  3. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the info on them. 😀

  4. Thanks for schooling me in Smashword. I should make it part of my future.

  5. Dark and creepy website:) Good to see fellow Smashwords authors getting the word out. I did the same. The ease of Smashwords is great. And if it is tough for some, contractors can be hired to help out.

    Just wanted to swing on by to see what some of the Smashwords folks are up to. Swing on by my site sometime. I always enjoy a knocking on my castle door!

    • Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Yeah, It just doesn’t make sense to me not to go through smaswords, even if you’re also going through one or more places. Smashwords just has so many different formats available with just a single document!

      Just checked out your site! The book(s) look good 😉 Tried to comment on your blog but it said I wasn’t signed in!

  6. bonnie mutchler

     /  December 1, 2010

    good explanations! You make it all easy to understand. I have three book s on smashwords and I’m quite pleased with it. Anyone who likes poetry, be sure and stop by and check them out 🙂


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