More independent authors will be connecting with library patrons, thanks to a new agreement between Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of self-published eBooks, and Overdrive, the world’s largest library eBook platform. This comes close on the heels of previous deals where Smashwords placed indie eBooks into the subscription systems of Scribd and Oyster.
“We’ve been trying to crack the library market for the last couple of years,” Smashwords’ Mark Coker told Good e-Reader. “We know that libraries have access to hundreds of millions of readers but they don’t have massive budgets, we know that traditional publishers have been unfriendly to libraries, and we know that indie authors’ books are becoming some of the most popular books in the world. We have all these authors at Smashwords who are pro-library, and want to serve libraries.”
The deal makes 200,000 self-published titles from 80,000 independent authors available for public libraries in OverDrive’s global network.
“We’re thrilled to make the Smashwords catalog available to libraries and patrons in the OverDrive network,” says OverDrive’s Steve Potash. “OverDrive helps to connect readers with authors and titles, and with Smashwords content, we are offering new voices, great interest and emerging self-published authors, including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.”
To streamline collection development, OverDrive and Smashwords are creating curated lists of Smashwords bestsellers and popular genres, such as the top 1,000 bestselling Smashwords romance titles, or the top 1,000 bestselling mysteries and thrillers. Readers may borrow each eBook an unlimited number of times on a one copy/one user model on a perpetual basis. Alternately, patrons can purchase the eBook from the library website and support their local libraries through OverDrive’s “Buy It Now” feature. Readers are also able to recommend titles to their library from the Smashwords catalog.
Among the Smashwords authors planning to provide their full indie catalogs to Overdrive include Amy Miles, Brian S. Pratt, Chanda Hahn, Colleen Hoover, GJ Walker-Smith, Jamie McGuire, JD Nixon, Kirsty Moseley, Kristen Ashley, Lauren Blakely, Melody Grace, Natasha Preston, Quinn Loftis, R.L. Mathewson, Randolph Lalonde, Shayne Parkinson, and T C Southwell.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video on a single platform. OverDrive supplies a secure lending platform for 28,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). Recent enhancements to OverDrive’s platform include multilingual user interface support, eReading Rooms for kids and teens, in-library touchscreen services for browsing and instant sampling of eBooks or audiobooks, and OverDrive Read, the company’s EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.OverDrive.com.
Founded in 2008, privately held Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of self-published eBooks. Smashwords has helped more than 90,000 authors, independent publishers and literary agents release more than 300,000 titles. Smashwords authors gain free access to a full suite of professional publishing tools including multi-format eBook conversion; centralized metadata management; preorder distribution to iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo; Series Manager for enhanced series discovery, Pricing Manager for simplified price changes and custom library pricing, and rapid distribution to a growing network of global retail and library partners. Smashwords distributes its titles worldwide to iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Oyster, the Smashwords.com store and to public libraries via library aggregators such as OverDrive. Smashwords provides public libraries with free co-branded publishing portals that allow library patrons to publish locally and distribute globally. Learn how to publish and distribute with Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/about/how_to_publish_on_smashwords.