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Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

Mark Coker | Posted 09.22.2014 | Home
Mark Coker

Amazon is asking authors to roll the dice and play a game of craps. A few lucky players will win big but the broader community of authors will lose. The odds are controlled by Amazon, opaque and ever-shifting.

The Indie Author Manifesto

Mark Coker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Home
Mark Coker

Over the last few years, book publishing has witnessed a dramatic change in attitudes regarding self publishing. Much credit goes to indie ebook authors and the readers that have embraced them.

10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

Mark Coker | Posted 05.07.2014 | Home
Mark Coker

The 10 trends above underlie my prediction that indie ebook authors will capture at least 50 percent of the U.S. ebook market in next seven years. Go ahead, call me crazy or delusional. I don't mind.

2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions -- Increased Competition Between Traditional Publishers and Indie Authors

Mark Coker | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Mark Coker

What does 2014 hold in store for ebook authors, publishers and readers? Today I bring you 14 book publishing industry predictions.

eBook Preorders Help Indie Authors Hit Bestseller Lists

Mark Coker | Posted 10.20.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

Self-published ebook authors now have a powerful new merchandising tool to make their books more discoverable and desirable to readers: Preorders at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Should We Worry About the Big 6?

Frederic Colier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Home
Frederic Colier

Should we worry about the survival of the six main publishing houses? This question has been occupying lots of minds, given the massive change in technology and arrival of new players.

Art Of Indie Cover Design

| Posted 05.31.2013 | Home

By Terri Giuliano Long for With self-publishing settling into the mainstream, fierce competition has upped the ante for indie autho...

New Smashwords Research Helps Authors and Publishers Sell More Ebooks

Mark Coker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

Don't let data-driven decision-making cause you to make stupid decisions. If the data shows (and it does) that shorter book titles might give you a slight sales advantage, don't change your title to two words if the absolute best and necessary title is seven words.

Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals

Mark Coker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

With your help, libraries around the globe have a bright future as the nexus where writers, readers and authors come together to create, celebrate and enjoy books.

5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales - Listening to Readers

Mark Coker | Posted 05.05.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

One benefit of ebook self-publishing is that the author can evolve their book over time. Unlike static print books of yesteryear, your ebook is a dynamic, living creature.

21 Book Publishing Predictions for 2013: Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge

Mark Coker | Posted 02.22.2013 | Home
Mark Coker

It's that time of year when book people polish their crystal balls and make predictions for the year ahead. I bring you, my dear reader, my epic predictions for 2013.

The Battle Cry of the Romance Authors

Elise Sax | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Elise Sax

It was a battle cry. A declaration of war from authors to traditional publishers if they didn't get with the program and do what the authors want... more marketing, a bigger cut of the profits.

Why The Kindle Is Better Than The Nook

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

By David Gaughran for It has become common within the publishing industry to complain about Amazon’s dominance, with many incorre...

PayPal Takes Controversial Stance Against Sex

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
Andrew Shaffer

On February 18, PayPal contacted Smashwords with an ultimatum: Remove the "edgy" erotica, or face deactivation of their PayPal account. Since PayPal is integrated into the Smashwords website, Smashwords had no choice but to comply.

How Will We Read: A Book by You?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
C. M. Rubin

Write, edit, design, publish, market, sell your own book and book rights with highly experienced publishing staff assisting you? The self-publishing opportunity has changed significantly.

What Authors and Readers Need to Know About eBooks

Anne Hill | Posted 06.17.2011 | Home
Anne Hill

The smart money says that things will get worse before they get better. Publishers will have to start thinking more like software start-ups. Are you ready for some aspirin yet?

Think Top eBook Buyers Are In Big Urban Areas? You'd Be Wrong

Mark Coker | Posted 05.30.2011 | Home
Mark Coker

Have you ever wondered where the most voracious ebook readers live? I wondered, so I crunched Smashwords ebook sales data. Some of the numbers are surprising

Meet Mega Bestselling Indie Heroine Amanda Hocking

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tonya Plank

Amanda Hocking is really something of a wunderkind. At only 26 years old, the Minnesota native has written a total of 17 novels. Since self-publishing...

Can Technology FIX Publishing?

GigaOM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

While paper books are still the norm, e-books now account for up to 20 percent of book sales in categories like romance and sci-fi. The shift in publi...

Would You Read An eBook In Installments? The Founder Of Smashwords Wants To Know (POLL)

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Coker

I wonder what Charles Dickens would think of serialized ebooks. The topic has been on my mind recently as I re-evaluate the policy regarding serial ebooks at Smashwords.

Does Digital Self-Publishing Threaten Traditional Industry?

The Wall Street Journal | Geoffrey A. Fowler and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books. In July, the 49-year-...

Apple Tells Publishers What Price To Charge For iPad eBooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The so-called agency model is a "mirage" with Apple dictating to publishers what they can charge for books sold via the iBook Store on Apple's iPad, a...

Publish Your Own Book On Apple's iBooks

Macworld | Dan Moren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A huge number of people think they might write a book some day--back in 2002, a survey pegged it at 81 percent of Americans. But what happens after yo...

eBook-Only Publishers Cropping Up Everywhere

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A recent article from Publishers Weekly announced the launch of Carina Press, a new imprint of romance publisher Harlequin that will exclusively publi...

Book Publishing 10 Years From Now: Smashwords Founder Mark Coker's Predictions | Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today, we had the opportunity to ask Mark Coker of Smashwords what his predictions are for the year 2020....