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Selling ebooks: Smashwords and Amazon

I joined Smashwords in 2011 after I had published my second book. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and it probably was. Smashwords provided free ebook file conversions for the many ereading devices that were just being produced by companies such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Sony. Each had their own […]

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Must we come to terms with money?

Ebooks can be given away very easily, Smashwords has a simple setting for this and even allows it specifically for libraries while other users pay whatever non-zero price you’ve decided on. Amazon’s Kindle, similarly, allows all sorts of ways that pricing and royalties can be adjusted. What is transferred from producer to consumer is, after […]

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Loving a book

Objects are meant to be static and to occupy a single place in the world. We think of the things that surround us as being testable, probable, picked-up-and-examined-able. We turn them over, look at their various angles, set them down, and go on our ways. Normal, everyday interaction. Yet some objects give us a little […]

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Smashwords freebie week

Smashwords is running a sitewide promo from the 5-11th this month; drop by to pick up my books for free and see what else you can find! https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/andrewoberg

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9 Tips to Help Ensure E-Book Success

This week is our second installment from James A. Rose on self-publishing and marketing tips. Be sure to check out his post last week too in case you missed it. Thanks James! We’ll be back to our usual stuff next week with a look at author intentions. Indie e-book publishing has exploded in recent years […]

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Ebooks: Bastard children of the digital age

An Austrian friend of mine who is a decades long resident of Brazil once remarked to me that ebooks are a joke and that he doesn’t know any Europeans or Brazilians who own any or would even want one. Given their popularity in the Anglophone world that’s an interesting perspective. I’ve written on ebooks here […]

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Your book in the world

“A book may be written and remain unchanged; but with the world, and all potential readers, changing around it, can the book remain the same?” The above is taken from the delightfully well-written and very interesting PhD dissertation called “The Ways Hypothesis: An alternative approach to Society” by Athanasios A. Kastritis (DPhil in Social and […]

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The gods favor us

When I first read the title of Will Gompertz’s entertaining piece on the BBC a couple of weeks ago (‘The “mummy porn” author and the suburban bookshop’), I thought to myself, ‘Mummy porn? I can imagine undead vampire sex but mummies…’ Then I of course realized that I was being an idiot and it was […]

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Promo report

As I briefly posted on, Smashwords ran a site-wide sales promotion last week that authors could choose to participate in or not. If you did want to make your work(s) part of the discount campaign, you could do so at 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% off. (However, if the cost of your ebook would fall […]

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