I’ve been using Smashwords for about a year now and I have to say, they suck…for sales. I’ve sold plenty of books on Amazon. They’re the biggest for ebooks so it makes sense. I’ve sold a few on Barnes and Noble as well. On Smashwords…zero.
For those not familiar with Smashwords.com, they are another place to upload and self publish your work. The site is relatively easy to navigate and their uploader is decent. The only problem is they don’t give me any sales whatsoever. That along with the fact that you have to format your work a certain way and also add a Smashwords.com disclaimer in your book to be considered “eligible” for their premium catalog makes it very hard to like them. In most ebooks, we already place a little copyright message letting people know it’s against the law to redistribute our work without our permission. Smashwords takes it even further, making you practically use the disclaimer they have or no premium catalog for you. With all the hoops I;ve had to jump through with Smashwords, it hardly seems worth the effort. Even with entry into their premium catalog, I’ve recorded exactly no sales from any of my works so why do I keep using it?
I really can’t tell you.
It seems kind of pointless to keep up with it. I do it right now so I can know I have the most exposure for my work, but with no sales generation I am about ready to dump them and just go with Amazon. If anyone can think of a good reason to stick with them, let me know. At this point, I am on my way to pulling all my works from them and just doing Prime Service with Amazon so I can get some free sale days out of them for exposure.
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