Interesting News From Smashwords

Wizard’s Tower books are not available via Smashwords. There is a very simple reason or this. They don’t allow you to upload a finished book. They insist, instead, that you upload a Word document which they put through a really crappy automated converter (and, based on a few examples I have seen, insert legal language banning you from selling the book anywhere except through Smashwords). I’m proud of the books I produce. I don’t want Smashwords producing substandard versions of them, and I want to be able to sell them through many different stores.

Yesterday, however, Smashwords announced that they are finally beginning to test a system for direct upload of epubs. See Liz Castro’s post for details. Once that is up and running I’ll be delighted our books for sale through Smashwords.

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4 Responses to Interesting News From Smashwords

  1. Kaye Brennan says:

    Cheryl – we want to nominate your blog for the Blog of the Year Award! The rules and more are here: http://wtcampaigns.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/blog-of-the-year-award/

    • Cheryl says:

      That’s very kind of you, but that’s not an award, that’s a gamified exercise in mutual link spam. Please don’t associate me with that sort of thing.

  2. I don’t think the text saying “This is a Smashwords edition,” etc., is actually required (or inserted by SW). It’s strongly suggested. However, I haven’t bought anything from Smashwords in ages and didn’t pay attention at the time, so it’s certainly possible they’re inserting something…

    As a self-published author, though, I am also looking forward to epub uploads.

    • Cheryl says:

      All I know is that I’ve occasionally been sent books to put in my bookstore and had to send them back as they contain an “only to be sold through Smashwords” message.