Smashwords Hits New Milestone – 250,000 Indie eBooks Distributed

SW250k2[1]Smashwords reaffirmed its claim to the title of world's largest indie ebook distributor today. Mark Coker has announced on the SW blog that the 250 thousandth ebook had been uploaded and distributed to Smashwords' partner ebookstores. This milestone comes after a record month for uploads, with over 9,000 books released via Smashwords in the last 30 days.

In comparison, Smashwords distributed only 140 titles in its first year and only 6,000 titles in its second.

Smashwords was launched in 2008 as a result of the frustration experienced by Mark Coker in trying to get his book published. Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of daytime television soap operas, kept getting passed over by publishers.

Mark believed that there was a market for the book that the publishers weren't seeing, so he launched Smashwords to tap into the growing opportunities of the ebook market. Along the way he found that the independent author has greater creative control, a faster publishing cycle, and potentially a significantly larger share of revenues.

 

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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