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Libraries Win Again; And, So Do Writers . . .


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This makes the 42nd post about Libraries on this blog and the 35th post about Smashwords—and taking those last two links will show this post at the top of both lists of posts…

But, this is the first post I’ve done about Bibliotheca’s cloudLibrary

Bibliotheca’s site says:

“The world’s leading eBook and audiobook solution, cloudLibrary is designed to be accessible to library users wherever they want to read or listen.”

So, the big news was on Smashwords’ blog:

Smashwords to Supply Nearly 300,000 Titles to Bibliotheca cloudLibrary.

In case you were unaware, Smashwords “…is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.  [They] make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks…”

And, here are just a few excerpts from that Smashwords’ blog post (those who are or want to be self-published writers really should read the whole post…):

“…bibliotheca, operator of the cloudLibrary™ digital lending platform…serves over 3,000 public libraries in the US, Canada, U.K. and Australia.”

“Smashwords offers indie authors and small independent presses unparalleled distribution to approximately 30,000 public and academic libraries around the world.  With the addition of bibliotheca, the Smashwords distribution network reaches most major library ebook platforms including OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Gardners UK (Askews & Holts and VLeBooks) and Odilo.”

“The cloudLibrary service is made available to library patrons as an app.  The app supports desktop and mobile devices including PCs, Macs, iOS devices, Android, Chrome and some Kindle devices.

“Patrons download the app at yourcloudlibrary.com then select their country, state and local library, after which the patron enters their library PIN code into the app.”

“Libraries will also have the option to expose the complete Smashwords catalog to patrons so patrons browse the full catalog and suggest titles their library should add to their collection.”

Any librarians reading this can check for further information here <—

As recently as last October, one of the most savvy folks on the book-beat said  that libraries are “…one of the last remaining channels that remains fairly difficult for an indie author to access.”

It certainly seems Smashwords is changing that situation
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15 responses to “Libraries Win Again; And, So Do Writers . . .

  1. The Story Reading Ape February 7, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks!! :-)

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      • The Story Reading Ape February 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

        Welcome :D

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  2. Stevie Turner February 7, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Yes, I’m waiting until each KDP term ends, and then publishing my books on Smashwords also.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Good for you :-)

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    • Audrey Driscoll February 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      I wish more indies would publish through Smashwords rather than clinging to Amazon. For one thing, those of us who have refused to buy a Kindle might buy your books. I have found Smashwords to be a friendlier outfit to deal with than the Big “A.” But many swear by the benefits of exclusivity in KDP Select.

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      • Alexander M Zoltai February 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        And, Audrey, as I scan the BookWorld news, I see many folks showing cause to avoid Exclusivity with Amazon…

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      • Stevie Turner February 8, 2017 at 2:17 am

        KDP Select’s ‘pages read’ keeps the ratings topped up, but I’d like to see how it affects book sales if I publish through Smashwords as well. So far I just have 2 short stories on there, but during 2017 I’ll be adding more.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai February 8, 2017 at 9:13 am

          Well, all I can say, briefly, is that Amazon may sell a lot of ebooks but Smashwords puts a book in many more places :-)

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          • Stevie Turner February 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

            Yes, I realise this now.

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            • Alexander M Zoltai February 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm

              Ah, good for you :-)

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  3. patriciaruthsusan February 7, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for this helpful information. :) — Suzanne

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      You’re Very Welcome :-)

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  4. Let's CUT the Crap! February 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Wow. Super interesting. :-P

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    • Alexander M Zoltai February 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      It Sure is! :-)

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