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Offline LexiRevellian Reading A book which I have forgotten to add here
24 Nov 2010, 11:33 AM | Post: #11

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I got all excited about Pubit - then I read:

Who can use PubIt!?
Anyone with a valid U.S. Bank Account, U.S. Credit Card, and U.S. Tax ID can sign up to use PubIt! Your Tax ID can be a Social Security Number (SSN)/ITIN or an Employer Identification Number (EIN).


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Offline Simon Royle
26 Nov 2010, 12:47 PM | Post: #12

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(24 Nov 2010 11:33 AM)LexiRevellian Wrote:  I got all excited about Pubit - then I read:

Who can use PubIt!?
Anyone with a valid U.S. Bank Account, U.S. Credit Card, and U.S. Tax ID can sign up to use PubIt! Your Tax ID can be a Social Security Number (SSN)/ITIN or an Employer Identification Number (EIN).


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Yes I hit the same problem today. Half-way through their sign up process. Sigh. When will these people realize the world is not flat.
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13 Jan 2011, 08:53 AM | Post: #13

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(24 Nov 2010 11:11 AM)Simon Royle Wrote:  
(15 Nov 2010 03:08 PM)LexiRevellian Wrote:  



What is doing well is Pubit. Lot of people reporting good things from there. No reason to go through SW either - just go direct.

The only problem with Pubit is for non US authors. You need a US bank account and ITIN number. I recently emailed them to find out if they were going to go the same route as Amazon and let non US authors in. They said they are working on it and it should be available to us early 2011. I think the more non US authors who email them the better, though: pubit@bn.com
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13 Jan 2011, 06:51 PM | Post: #14

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I know quite a few authors on Smashwords who tell me they hardly sell anything there, but they sell loads on Kindle! It's very strange - no idea why Amazon outsells Smashwords so much!
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30 Jan 2011, 01:18 AM | Post: #15

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I just recently put up my short story collection (Ten Typewriter Tales) on Smashwords for free. I would have preferred to put them on Kindle but Amazon doesn't allow free books yet.

The Smashwords formatting was torture! It took me several hours to get it to pass the meatgrinder (what a terrible name, btw). It's like having someone butcher your child.

As a Canadian author it's the only way to get access to other e-stores (I'm still waiting for Pubit to allow international authors).

I've heard the same from other authors that their sales are better through Kindle rather than Smashwords, but there's no harm in putting your books in all available bookstores.
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30 Jan 2011, 08:54 AM | Post: #16

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RE: Question for Authors

(13 Jan 2011 06:51 PM)Talli Roland Wrote:  I know quite a few authors on Smashwords who tell me they hardly sell anything there, but they sell loads on Kindle! It's very strange - no idea why Amazon outsells Smashwords so much!

As a non-author (yet!) but very enthusiastic reader, can I put my two-pence' worth in? One reason why book sales on Smashwords is so much poorer than Amazon could be the visual layout of the site - it's bl**** awful! Nothing draws you to the books except your own search, whereas on Amazon, the books are presented so that they grab your attention, it's in colour and much more pleasing to the eye. On Smashwords, you scroll through a tedious, difficult to read, list.
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01 Feb 2011, 12:59 PM | Post: #17

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(30 Jan 2011 08:54 AM)Susanne Wrote:  
(13 Jan 2011 06:51 PM)Talli Roland Wrote:  I know quite a few authors on Smashwords who tell me they hardly sell anything there, but they sell loads on Kindle! It's very strange - no idea why Amazon outsells Smashwords so much!

As a non-author (yet!) but very enthusiastic reader, can I put my two-pence' worth in? One reason why book sales on Smashwords is so much poorer than Amazon could be the visual layout of the site - it's bl**** awful! Nothing draws you to the books except your own search, whereas on Amazon, the books are presented so that they grab your attention, it's in colour and much more pleasing to the eye. On Smashwords, you scroll through a tedious, difficult to read, list.

It's pretty awful isn't it? A real pity as Smashwords is an excellent way for non-Kindle owners to get their grubby hands on the books available at Amazon. Here's hoping they spruce it up soon and it stops resembling a Usenet site from the nineties.
Offline A.M.Harte
05 Feb 2011, 07:01 PM | Post: #18

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I actually download a lot of ebooks from Smashwords -- I love being able to buy in different formats. Except then I tried to upload my own book there and... same as all of you, I expect. Drama with the meatgrinder. I think it took 2 months of back and forthing before I got accepted on the premier catalogue.

As someone who doesn't own a Kindle (I have Kindle for PC) I prefer downloading in other formats so I have the choice to read on my computer or on my ereader (which only accepts PDFs and ePubs).

Despite all its failings, though, I think though Smashwords does an alright job. And they can only get better!
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10 Feb 2011, 04:07 PM | Post: #19

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This post was last modified: 10 Feb 2011 04:09 PM by Tamara.
I've found XinXii.com as an alternative to Smashwords and Amazon: On http://www.xinxii.com you can upload and sell your works in 15 different filetypes online - and worldwide. It's free of costs, and you get paid per download (70% royalty rate). XinXii is already established in Europe.

Definitely worth taking a look at! Thumbs Up
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10 Feb 2011, 04:19 PM | Post: #20

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(10 Feb 2011 04:07 PM)Tamara Wrote:  I've found XinXii.com as an alternative to Smashwords and Amazon: On http://www.xinxii.com you can upload and sell your works in 15 different filetypes online - and worldwide. It's free of costs, and you get paid per download (70% royalty rate). XinXii is already established in Europe.

Definitely worth taking a look at! Thumbs Up

Tamara, right now nothing much seems to be happening there with fiction. 137 novels, and no reviews or sales ranks.
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