Monday, May 14, 2012

Self-Publishing: Amazon KDP vs Smashwords


If you haven't used either of these epublishing platforms, you may be interested to know a little bit more about them, especially if you're a writer planning to publish your own work sometime in the future. Well, luckily for you, I'm guest posting today about both Amazon KDP and Smashwords over at Rach Harrie's blog. Just one more click and you can be there!



10 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, I'm interested, will definitely pop over. Thanks.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Thanks for the info!!! :D

Andrea Teagan said...

Thanks this is great info. BTW, I adore the covers to your Creepy Hollow series. They look like great books (I'm going to check them out!) Do you work with a specific cover artist?

Amdrea

Abby Minard said...

Awesome- heading over there!

J.L. Campbell said...

Moving right along.

Melodie Wright said...

Congrats on your engagement - LOVE the ring. Good luck w/ your wedding.
And your covers are so gorgeous. If I ever self-pub, you are my model for the right way to go about things. Thanks for the post over at Rachael Harrie's. Great info!!

Brooke R. Busse said...

I read the post. Very through, Rachel. And glad to see you reaching so many people through others blogs.

I've left you a blog award: http://brookerbusse.blogspot.com/2012/05/paper-mountain-awards-1.html

Helen said...

I read this article soon after it was posted and decided to publish with Smashwords which I have now done. I'm now re-reading the post with more understanding, but I'm still confused over whether you have to unpublish completely with Smashwords before you can publish with amazon or if you just uncheck the mobi

Rachel Morgan said...

Helen,

You only have to unpublish with Smashwords if you want to publish on Amazon's KDP Select program. (That's where your ebook is made available in the Amazon Prime Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and each time your ebook is borrowed you get a certain percentage of an overall "pot" of money)

If you're not going to enroll in KDP Select (just normal Amazon ebook upload), then it's fine to leave your ebook on Smashwords. You don't have to uncheck the mobi format either. What you can do is go to the Channel Manager, scroll down the page and tick "opt out" underneath the Amazon option. I don't think it's compulsory to do that, but it's not necessary to ship a version to Amazon if you're publishing separately on Amazon.

Hope this helps :-)

Helen said...

Thank you Rachel. You have given me the exact information I need. Now I will have to get to work to publish on Amazon.