If you want to sell your ebook to Kindle readers, is it better to go through Smashwords, or directly through Amazon? The answer: Both!
I found Smashwords very easy for converting my out-of-print romance novel, Falling for You, into all the various formats needed for different ereaders. They also have a distribution system for getting your ebooks onto major online bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, iBookstore, etc. Once you upload your book at Smashwords, it has to be reviewed. When it’s approved, it will go into the Premium Catalog, and will eventually show up on the major sites. (It took three weeks for my book to show up at BN.com.)
But what about Amazon? Should you have Smashwords handle getting your ebook on that site? No. In order to qualify for the 70% royalty with Amazon, you need to upload your file directly to them through their Digital Text Platform. Not only will this get you the higher royalty rate, it will get your book up for sale on Amazon much faster
Step by Step Instructions
- Go through the whole Smashwords process. (Previous post on this topic.)
- When Smashwords asks if you want a Kindle version, keep that box checked. Yes, you want a Kindle version available to Kindle readers on your Smashwords page. You do not, however, want Smashwords to distribute the Kindle version to Amazon. Again, because Amazon wants you to use their publishing platform, so you have to use it in order to qualify for the higher royalty.
- Once your ebook is on Smashwords waiting for distribution, click on “Dashboard” on your Smashwords page, then “Distribution Channel Manager” (in the left sidebar), and “Opt out” of the Amazon distribution.
- Go to the Amazon Digital Text Platform and upload your file directly to Amazon.
Copyright Text Debate
There has been some debate among authors about how to handle the copyright page. When uploading a file to Smashwords, you definitely need to have the word Smashwords somewhere in the opening text. Either “Smashwords Edition” or “Published by Annie Author at Smashwords.” But, some authors choose to remove all mention of Smashwords before they upload the file to Amazon. I left mine the same and had no trouble. (You can see how I did my copyright page by downloading a free sample HERE.)
So that’s it for today, my intrepid friends. Please let me know how your journey is going. Have you already re-released one of your Out-of-Print novels as an ebook? If so, post a link in the comments. I’m serious. I wanna see. And keep your comments and question coming. What is the one thing you are most dying to learn about this whole print-book-to-ebook journey?