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Making Simple eBooks and Making eBooks Simple

Making Simple eBooks and Making eBooks Simple
Presented by: Mark Coker, Founder & CEO, Smashwords

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  • 1.  
  • 2. What is Smashwords?
    • Ebook distributor
      • Serves 29,000+ indie authors, agents and small presses
      • Distribution to Apple, B&N, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, Stanza, Aldiko, others
      • Free ebook publishing and distribution tools
      • 6,800+ titles released in last 30 days
  • 3. Indie ebooks published at Smashwords 140 6,000 28,800 75,000 (9/26/11)
  • 4. How do we do it?
  • 5. Rumors abound we employ a vast army of super-ninja banjo-playing Jedi warrior squirrels
  • 6. Not true. They’re squirrelly and expensive.
  • 7. Our clients start with this (over 100,000 copies downloaded!)
  • 8. Next, they upload their formatted Word .doc to…
  • 9. Smashwords Meatgrinder
  • 10. Meatgrinder offers
    • Fast and free multi-format conversions
    • High-quality outputs for straight narrative & narrative + images
    • Flexible, unlimited updating
  • 11. Meatgrinder ebooks support …
    • Reflowability across any device
    • Custom paragraph styling
    • Intra-book hyperlinks
    • NCX navigation
    • Automated correction of common formatting errors
    • EPUBCHECK compliance
  • 12. Meatgrinder limitations
    • Requires adherence to Smashwords Style Guide (~70 pages)
    • Requires use of Microsoft Word or other word processor
    • Doesn’t support direct .epub/.mobi/.pdf/ etc uploads of pre-formatted files
    • Drop caps weak
    • Support for bullets and numbered lists needs improvement
  • 13. What’s Next for Meatgrinder?
    • Continued evolution to close gap between automated and artisan
    • Smashwords Direct
      • Today (beta): Direct bulk uploads of pre-formatted .epubs from large publishers
      • 2012: Single file Meatgrinder bypass and replacement
  • 14. Go forth and publish! Connect with Mark Coker: Web: www.smashwords.com Blog: blog.smashwords.com Twitter: @ markcoker Email: [email_address]