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Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:08 am
by wondo
I am currently publishing on Smashwords and Amazon Kindle. Those are the only two that I know of, but since Smashwords submits the ebooks to so many other publishers it may be all that a writer needs. Are there others that are legit and worthwhile?

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:44 am
by Oldtimer
Sorry, wondo, I didn't see this section. It would have been a much better place to post my Smashwords comments. :oops:

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:20 am
by shadowwalker
I know a lot of people use Lulu - can't speak for how it compares to Smashwords personally, but they seem to be pretty close in preference among the self-publishers I'm acquainted with.

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:45 pm
by pls
Lulu is good for low-volume, narrow-interest print endeavors, like our family's history which is available from Lulu. It struck me more like a catalog of short-run books than a publisher, which is not a bad thing at all. Unless I'm mistaken, they do only print books.

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:39 am
by Oldtimer
Talking about Lulu ... Yesterday I received a copy of "Leaving the Planet by Space Elevator" written by Dr. Bradley C. Edwards and Philip Ragan, with a foreword by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, published in 2006 by Lulu. Content aside (fascinating for me) the layout and presentation of text and diagrams looks perfect to my inexperienced eye and it looks as if the only disadvantage of using Lulu instead of Smashwords or Amazon is that you have to pay. Isn't that right? :(

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:45 am
by shadowwalker
There's also CreateSpace - again, not one I know about personally, but that is mentioned by self-publishers. (Hope no one minds that I don't know about these, only posting them as additional avenues to check out. :oops: )

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:19 am
by Oldtimer
I have recently added a gmail address to my Yahoo one. The following message/link appears at the top of my inbox:

Self-Publish Your Book - www.createspace.com - Get Help from Start to Finish + 555 Free Book Promotion Tips Now

I haven't checked it out yet, but probably will before I finish my YA/SciFi story which I hope is on its last edit.

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:56 pm
by gesler0811
I checked out CreateSpacae yesterday after seeing this thread and it seems like it is worth considering. I don't have much experience yet to really compare all the markets against one another but createspace did have a really neat cover designer built right in that lets you select and customize from several different templates and it was not as restrictive as I might have thought. Plus, you get your book on Amazon from what I can tell although I'm not sure if that is an extra cost.

The account is free though.

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:38 am
by Spiderbite209
So, judging by the earlier comments, I was wondering, is it beneficial to me if I submitted the same book to multiple self publishing outlets? After I'm done putting it up on CreateSpace, I'll go ahead and also hit up Smashwords, Lulu, Bookbaby and Booktango while I'm at it. Should I remain exclusive to CreateSpace or am I chasing my tail by being redundant on the other websites?

(sorry for the newbie questions. I've written lots of scripts in the past but this is my first book and I want to make sure it's done right)

Thanks!

--Glenn

Re: Smashwords and Amazon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:09 am
by pls
Consider that CreateSpace is POD in nature, and you get your book on Amazon for free. The others, I believe, are pay-in-advance outlets.