Notes from An Alien

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Is Amazon The “Only” Place To Publish An E-Book?


Some folks, those who’ve spent some time exploring the new publishing options, might read the title of this post and wonder how I could ever say something like that.

Other folks, who haven’t yet looked closely at the array of e-book options, just might be led to believe Amazon is the only place, or maybe the only place worth putting an e-book.

And, before I go on to promote one particular e-book publishing option—other than Amazon—I need to either let you know or remind you that there are a ton of free e-books at Project Gutenburg!

Now, let’s get one thing out of the way—Amazon is a pretty good place to have an e-book available.

Some folks go there and publish straight through Amazon’s site.

I decided, with my book, Notes from An Alien, to use FastPencil so I could have print and e-book editions—they also distribute it to Amazon, as well as Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Ingram—all for $300.

So, I have a second book on the way—a collection of short stories that synchronizes with Notes from An Alien—but I want to publish the individual stories as I finish them. (BTW, you can grab a free copy of Notes from An Alien)

Once all the stories are individually published, I’ll publish the Collection through FastPencil.

While I was researching the options for publishing single short stories, I looked over Amazon’s programs but didn’t feel quite right about any of them (perhaps I’ll blog about that another day).

Then, I remembered Smashwords

In fact, yesterday, I blogged about publishing predictions for 2013 and one of the predictors was Mark Coker, the Founder of Smashwords :-)

One of the advantages of using Smashwords is that the publishing and distribution process is completely free (E-books Only) and allretailersthey do get them out to all the major retailers (except Amazon—another story to maybe blog about another day); and, the royalties you can earn are nice and high.

Just the other day, Mark published the article, Smashwords Year in Review 2012 – The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors.

And, just before I share some of the info from that article, I need to share the link to Coker’s free book, Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.

Here’s just a bit of what Mark says in the article:

What’s driving the rise of indie ebooks?  There are multiple factors, chief among them include:

Indie authors are learning to become professional publishers

It’s a game of numbers

Retailers welcome indie ebooks

Ebook Self publishing is simply a superior method of publishing

Reading is moving to screens

Ebook retailers expanded their global footprint in 2012,
and will expand further in 2013

Stigmas of traditional publishers are increasing as self-publishing gains street cred

So, my summation for this post is:

Go ahead and publish your e-book on Amazon, if you feel it can work for you; but, don’t you dare ignore Smashwords :-)
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11 responses to “Is Amazon The “Only” Place To Publish An E-Book?

  1. Karla Telega January 2, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I love Smashwords’ comprehensive guide for formatting. Mark did an excellent job of putting it together. More importantly, Smashwords has what they call the “meat grinder.” You put one file in, and it formats for most every kind of eReader out there. You can download Kindle compatible, Nook, ePub, Apple devices, .pdf … at Smashwords, and yes, they do make it available to all the retailers (except Amazon). I’m definitely a convert.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

      My, my, it’s the Box of Rocks lady, come over to this little blog for a visit and sayin’ such nice things about Smashwords :-)

      Ya know folks, Karla has a Great Blog, well worth visiting Oh, I’d better say something to her

      Karla, I’m so glad you stopped by ’cause I haven’t been getting updates from your blog in my email—anyway to fix that??

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      • Karla Telega January 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Weird. You’re still listed as a subscriber on my site. When you look at your WordPress subscriptions, is Telega Tales still marked for sending notices of posts?

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        • Alexander M Zoltai January 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          It wasn’t :-( I’m gonna try to fix it

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  2. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen January 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

    The most important advantage of services like KDP and Smashwords is that freshly uploaded ebooks become available almost at once. Although I sold most ebooks via a less well known German retailer I hate their system of loading up the files on an FTP-server run by a distributor and then waiting for almost a fortnight until they get the ebooks into the retailer’s onlineshop.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Well, Martina, if Mr. Coker is right the e-book retailers will be expanding their global footprint in 2013—but, you could publish in German or English on Smashwords—wondering if folks in Germany are sufficiently aware of Smashwords??

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  3. lynnbiederstadt January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for this, AZ! I’m definitely going to have a look into this!!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Wonderful, Lynn :-)

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  4. elizabethparadise January 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Smashwords is something I have been considering. Good post. Thanks.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Excellent, Elizabeth :-)

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