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Another strike against Smashwords

On July 8th, Smashwords said my short fiction collection would be distributed to Kobo’s ebook store. As of yesterday, that still hadn’t happened (just like last year). So, I canceled Smashwords distribution and uploaded directly through Kobo, which meant the books were available for sale in less than 12 hours.

Three and a half weeks: nothing. <12 hours: listed. There's no doubt that Smashwords is less useful all the time. Yes, I could have done what I did in May '13, emailing customer support and asking them to straighten things out, but I'm not willing to do that every. Single. Time I put something in Smashwords's distribution channel. Too much bother. Anyway, the book is now available on Kobo, too, for you international epub buyers.

Cover art for Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy

Cover Art

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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msagara
Aug. 4th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
I will say one thing: I uploaded a book to Kobo, and had to actually go to customer service to get it published. Not sure why.

People have said good things about Draft2Digital as an aggregator as well, but I’m not sure I see the point in using aggregators if you have access to B&N (and you do, because you’re USian).
burger_eater
Aug. 4th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, I go directly to Nook and iBooks already, and now Kobo. D2D provides access to Scribd (which Smashwords has managed to do on its own) and Page Foundry, which is...

Actually, I'm not sure what Page Foundry is. Apparently they make apps for Android devices. Maybe they sell books, too? Not having an Android device, I can't tell, and their webpage is meant for suppliers, not customers.

Also, Smashwords manages to upload my books to other minor players like Oyster.

D2D looks good (and they pay monthly, I believe) but they're still not what I need.
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