Digital Self-Publishing

A new service was launched a couple weeks back called Smashwords. It is a self-publishing site but with a focus on the digital book. In an interview at teleread the creator of the site said he developed the site thanks to his own experience with publishing:

I found it frustrating that a publisher could stand between an author and their potential audience, especially in today’s age where print on demand and the Internet are such forces for disintermediation.

When a reader clicks on one of the available titles at the Smashwords they get the following information:

  • Description
  • Tags
  • This book is available in:
    • PDF format
    • RTF format
    • Kindle (.mobi) format
    • Plain Text format
    • Palm Doc (PDB) format
    • Online Reading (Javascript) (sample the first 40 percent!)
    • Online Reading (HTML-only)
  • Purchase this book in order to read it.
  • Reviews
    • Write a Review Add a Video Review
    • Stars: (out of 5) 1 star 2 star 3 star 4 star 5 star
    • Report This Book

Smashwords site
Interview at teleread