NEW FEATURES ON PLATFORM, MORE TO COME
Ten-year-old eBook platform Smashwords can now boast more than 500,000 total released titles, from more than 100,000 authors and publishers.
When I founded Smashwords ten years ago, the mission was simple: I wanted to democratize publishing. I wanted to make it fast, free and easy for writers to self-publish ebooks like a pro.
-Mark Coker, Smashwords founder
In the same announcement, Smashwords founder Mark Coker also revealed that the service has redesigned its website, deprioritizing its habit of featuring every single new title on its homepage. Other updates to the site include an algorithm update to their "Highest Rated" lists (to prevent some authors from gaming the system), and enhanced controls for readers searching for adult content.
In the lengthy post, Coker also revealed:
Over 90% of our authors’ sales have always come from our distribution to our awesome retail partners such as Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Scribd, as well as to the library outlets we supply.
Another interesting item revealed in the announcement: The Smashwords eBook store earns the majority of their sales through third-party retailers. Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd and library outlets contribute to more than 90% of Smashwords author sales.
Looking ahead, Coker says that Smashwords has a “long list” of improvements still in the works for the store. In the months ahead, they plan to continue to add new shelves and other enhancements based on reader and author feedback.
”Although we're excited about the improvements,” Coker said, “we've only scratched the surface of what's possible.”