. . . because I wanted to try it. And, I admit, my title is misleading. I haven’t entirely given up on Smashwords. Allow me to explain . . .
Smashwords is great, don’t get me wrong.
I’m still hanging out there and uploading my books because, well, availability. And I love Mark Coker’s blog posts from Smashwords. He’s a vewy smart guy. But when it came to distribution and ease of uploading, Smashwords didn’t have the easiest interface for me to deal with.
So many rules!
I had 3 main issues with Smashwords.
1- Some of my books literally took weeks to distribute and I never knew when it would happen, so I had to constantly check all the ebook sites. While I know that this is occasionally the fault of the other retailers, the fact that it happened with every book was discouraging. Three weeks to get to Kobo?
2- Trying to figure out the special copyright page/notice for Smashwords took forever and was a real pain. Although they have the Smashwords Style Guide, I still often became frustrated trying to read through all the print. It’s 27,000 words long.
3- Quarterly payments. REALLY?
1- D2D sends me an email when my book has uploaded to a retail site so I don’t have to go hunt it down. And it published within 24 hours to places like Scribd, Tolino, and Apple. If changes are made to your ebook, D2D uploads changes hourly. HOURLY. It takes me around 10 minutes to upload a book.
2. D2D doesn’t have any extra formatting requirements (and certainly not a 27k manual of suggestions). They do ebook conversion from a word file too (but I have Kella Campbell format all my ebooks cuz she’s amazing.) So all I had to do was upload my ePUB file without tweaking.
I hear good things about their ebook conversion process, too, which is what sets D2D apart from Smashwords.
3. Monthly payments. Bottom line.
A Few Comparisons.
– Both SW and D2D allow preorders with iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
– D2D offers FREE ebook conversion, SW does not.
– You can make coupons on SW, D2D does not have that option.
– You can call D2D for human interaction with any issues or questions you may have.
– Both offer daily sales reporting.
In all my research between these two companies, one of the biggest complaints against D2D was that they didn’t have the distribution list that Smashwords has. Fair enough. Coker has been in this awhile longer. But I’m happy to say that that seems to be rapidly changing.
Baker and Taylor
and other various platforms in other countries, such as Rakuten, indigo, Bookworld, etc.
Barnes and Noble
Clearly Smashwords has the upper hand on distribution, but D2D has proven the past year or so (based on old blog posts I cruised) to work hard at expanding distribution. In the beginning, they only had major retailers like Sony, iBooks, B&N, etc. Now they’re steadily growing out.
When it comes to distribution of my books, I do a hybrid. I distribute through D2D to all the above retailers except Kobo and KDP and Createspace (which I do directly), and then do the rest through Smashwords. Because why not?
Nothing but love, Smashwords. I still distribute through you, my friend. But I just cannot ignore the ease of use and access that D2D affords for the bigger guys.
This is a great article on a guy that leans to Smashwords, but also appreciates D2D.
Sound off, guys. Have you heard of D2D? Ever been frustrated with SW? Nothing but love for both?
As an aside, my next book, Mildred’s Resistance, releases July 15th! It’s the prequel to the Network Series (I’m going all Star Wars and writing this out of order a bit) and is available for preorder across most platforms. #wootwoot. Get your copy today and help spread the word!