Friday, February 22, 2013

Smashwords and Other e-book sites... are they worth it?

YA writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts on what it's like going indie in today's publishing world.

Welcome to the next instalment of the YA Indie Carnival "Indie Author Series". Today we are all talking about whether it's worth having your books on multiple book sites.

I admit that Amazon is my biggest seller. They are very reader friendly. I buy most of my books through them as that "buy with 1 click feature" totally rocks.

In saying this, as an author, I think it's important to have my books on as many sites as possible. So I publish through Smashwords, which then distributes to multiple e-book chains for me. I've come to see that my next big sellers are: Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony and Kobo.

I think it's important that we give our readers choice so I think it is worth using multiple book sites. Sure, it does take away the advantage of being able to use KDP Select, but I have heard varied opinions on that system and for now, I'm happy to stick with having my books everywhere.

What do you think?

If you'd like to hear what the other YA Indie Carnival members think, then you can check out their sites below.

You can also check out the YA Author Club for the latest updates and news on what we're all up to.

1.Laura A. H. Elliott2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series4.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga
5.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog6.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
7.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter8.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
9.Ella James10.Maureen Murrish
11.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings12.A Little Bit of R&R
13.Melissa Pearl14.Terah Edun - YA Fantasy


  1. As a reader and online book promoter, I appreciate you having multiple formats available. eBooks are very common place now, but we all have our preference of devices. It is frustrating and limiting on tours, events, giveaways, reviews, etc when only one format is available. It cuts out entire audiences and potential fans. I do wish Smashwords would update their look. For me, even though the exact same book can be found on other sites, it 'feels' to me like I'm getting lesser quality. Idk. That's off topic and personal preference. lol I do think the coupon option for authors is better than what Amazon and B&N have to offer and it doesn't cost you.

    1. Excellent comment. I totally agree! Like you, I do wish Smashwords would update their site a little. I love the coupon code, but as a reader, I would never browse on that site.