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Doors to Publishing That Were Never Open Before

Last week, Mark Coker, founder of the eBook distributions site Smashwords, posted a blog summarizing his company’s performance over 2011 and made some observations on the explosive trends happening now in the eBook world. Coker started Smashwords only four years ago as a means to change the way books were published, marketed, and sold. He says, “I believed authors should have the freedom to publish directly to their readers without the interference of publishing gatekeepers. My ideas were not unique. The great Dan Poynter has been evangelizing the virtues of self-publishing for over 30 years.”  Now, at the end of 2011, Smashwords has more than 92,000 titles published, up from 28,800 at the end of last year. Continue Reading…

Insights on EBook Trends

I touched last week on traditional publishing’s downfall. I want to share some points I gleaned from the Smashwords eBook seminar I took. Mark Coker started his site just a few years ago in order to provide a site for authors to upload and distribute their books in electronic form to the world. Smashwords is just one distributor “out there” that gets your book into dozens of catalogs worldwide for readers to access.

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Hear That Sound?

Bricks tumbling to the ground, glass shattering? That’s the sound of the traditional publishing industry crashing. We can hide our heads in the sand but there’s no denying it—because of technological trends in the world, it is getting harder than ever for a writer—even a terrific one—to get published, promoted, and become a best-selling author through the old model of traditional publishing.

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