Kindle Direct Publishing vs Smashwords

Kindle Direct Publishing
Publish your books independently with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) on the Amazon Kindle Store. Make changes to your book at any time. Publish once and reach readers worldwide. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes. Your book appears on Amazon within 24 hours. Make your book available on Kindle devices and on free Kindle apps.
Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers. We provide free tools for marketing, distribution, metadata management and sales reporting. At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.

Latest news about Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords:

05.12.17. Kindle Create is now available to all authors. Kindle Create is a new free conversion tool that aimed to be “push of a button” easy when it comes to generating a polished, formatted ebook. It works much in the same way that Microsoft Word does, offering authors a comfortable, familiar system for adding touches like formatting themes and tables of contents. Now, Kindle Create is out of beta and available to all authors. The design lets you work straight from your Word doc and preview the finished product without having to go through the conversion process. Rather than a process or dashboard for your publishing needs, this software works on your desktop and lets you manipulate your file as much as you need to before the upload process. Once you take the finished document to the KDP dashboard, you’ll still have the ability to convert it to a MOBI file. Even better, Kindle Create lets you format a “print replica” ebook for a professional look and feel.

11.09.15. Kindle Scout Publishing platform expands internationally. Amazon announced that it is expanding Kindle Scout, its reader-powered publishing platform, to more authors and readers around the world. Now, in addition to the U.S., authors in locations such as Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, India and more may submit never-before-published, novel-length English-language manuscripts and be considered for publication in 45 days or less under Amazon’s digital publishing banner Kindle Press. Readers around the world can now also preview excerpts from never-before-published books, nominate the stories they want to see published and receive a free early copy of every book they nominate that is released by Kindle Press.

23.06.15. Smashwords allows authors to offer preorders without final ebook files. Popular self-publishing platform Smashwords now allows authors to begin selling preorders of their titles up to one year before uploading the final assets—a finished manuscript and cover image—to its system. Smashwords has offered preordering capabilities for over two years, but so far only for titles whose files are ready and finalized. Smashwords says 67% of its top 200 best-selling titles began as preorders on the platform, yet less than a tenth of Smashwords’s more than 100,000 authors and indie publishers use preorders, largely because those final files weren’t available until shortly before their titles were ready to go on sale. The change is meant to help more Smashwords users begin earning revenue on their titles earlier. The company calls the new feature the most ambitious feature ever.

15.10.14. Amazon launches reader-powered publishing program Kindle Scout. Amazon officially rolled out Kindle Scout - the “reader-powered” (crowdsourcing) publishing program. Kindle Scout will be driven by readers’ feedback and results in book contracts for chosen authors. Amazon’s letter to authors today laid out the terms. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions, and featured Amazon marketing. We will be inviting readers to join and nominate books in a couple of weeks. The Kindle Scout homepage currently features a call-out for English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres.

08.09.14. Amazon unveiled kids book creator software for Kindle Direct Publishing. Amazon is expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children’s books authors through a new program it’s calling “KDP Kids.” Along with the program, which is aimed at helping authors prepare, publish and distribute books in the Kindle Store, Amazon is also releasing a new tool, the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. This tool will allow budding children’s book authors to create chapter books and illustrated children’s books that are able to take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups, explains Amazon in an announcement about the new services. After the book is finalized, authors can also use the tool to upload the book to KDP while also stipulating the category, age and grade range filters needed to get the book listed correctly. The book creator tool doesn’t just have to be for new authors looking for a way onto Amazon’s Kindle platform, however, but could also support established authors looking to convert their books into a Kindle format in order to expand their reader base.

13.06.14. Smashwords partners with Overdrive to bring more self-published books to libraries. Self-published ebook site Smashwords expanded to more libraries in deal with Overdrive, the country’s largest digital library distributor.  Through the partnership, Overdrive library clients — the company works with about 28,000 libraries and schools worldwide — will be able to purchase about 200,000 ebooks by 88,000 Smashwords authors and lend them out to their patrons. Because so many libraries work with Overdrive, however, and because Overdrive supports Kindle e-readers while its competitors do not, this partnership has the potential to bring Smashwords authors’ titles in front of more readers globally.