We have decided to remove “Light a Fire Under Your Sales: The Amazon Kindle/iPhone Explosion” on publishing to the Kindle Marketplace from sale this week for a number of reasons:
- There have been so many important changes (on at least a monthly basis) in the realms of Kindle (and ebook) publishing that we could not update the ebook quickly enough to include those changes, nor is it our focus at the SWBN.
- We have recently been introduced to a service that takes the all the stress and complications out of publishing to the Kindle and other ebook marketplaces.
Some of the important changes you will probably have seen over the past year include:
- Amazon releasing the Kindle reader internationally
- Smart phones getting “smarter” and striving to match the iPhone in usability and applications
- In fact, many mobile and tablet devices emerging to challenge the Kindle with their own publishing requirements
- “Normal” people buying and using mobile devices in their millions
- new (and less complicated) formats being devised to make publishing easier
- Apple announcing the release of the iPad (launches this Saturday)
The service that we have been introduced to that really takes the strain out of ebook publishing is called Smashwords.
Why is it so good?
- It publishes across multiple platforms for you (from one upload) including the new iPad
- It handles all the royalties and payments for you
- It allows affiliates to sell your books (Amazon removed that option on Kindle) who earn 11% of sales (or you can choose to offer better commissions to them for your book)
- Compared to the Kindle publishing system, it’s easy to format and upload your ebook. They provide the clearest free guide to publishing that anyone can follow – no more Kindle formatting headaches! I read their style guide, re-formatted and proof-read my 1100 word ebook, created a new cover image, and uploaded it to Smashwords all in a matter of 2 evenings (although I highly recommend you do follow their guidelines exactly – including cutting and pasting to notepad and then back to Word to ensure you totally strip out any hidden formatting).
So, there really is no need for our ebook on formatting your ebook for Kindle, since they handle it all (I actually feel Amazon missed out on a great opportunity to make their system easier to follow and available to International publishers).
The only main difference is that you cannot publish public domain or Private Label Rights books like you could in the Kindle. Nor will they accept what they call “Internet Marketing” books i.e. “make money” books. I can’t blame them (although it’s a shame for the quality material in this genre). As predicted, Amazon was flooded with these kinds of ebooks and have had all sorts of problems as a result.
So, my advice is to get over to http://www.smashwords.com, read the style guide to the letter and upload your ebooks there.