Okay, I Surrender


I’m going to do it — I’m going to buy an e-reader. No, I’m not selling out, my printed book purists. It’s just that I want to take advantage of the opportunity to support my fellow indie authors.

Many book are coming out ONLY in electronic form. Also, e-publishing has breathed new life into the short story market. I’d like to be able to read what’s fresh and new and affordable. I’d love to be able to champion new authors.

So, an e-reader will be my next purchase. I’d love some recommendations (or warnings) about these toys. Kindle, Nook, something else? Right now, I can’t decide, but I do know where I’ll be shopping for literature, aside from the Kindle store.

SMASHWORDS (from founder Mark Coker)

What is Smashwords?
Smashwords is an ebook distributor. We make if fast, free and easy for authors and publishers to distribute ebooks to the world’s largest ebook retailers. Authors and publishers retain full control over how their works are published, sampled, priced and sold. If an author wants to give it away for free, they have that freedom.

When was Smashwords Founded?
2008. I first started working on our business plan in 2005, we incorporated in 2007, and we officially launched the business in May 2008. In this time we’ve grown to become the world’s leading ebook publishing platform for indie authors and publishers, with over 130,000 ebooks published.

UNTREED READS (from a 2010 interview with Jay Hartman, Editor-in-Chief, Untreed Reads)

Untreed Reads “is dedicated to bringing the best new fiction and nonfiction ebooks to readers throughout the world.” The Untreed Reads Blog provides news and updates covering “everything in the world of ebooks.” From the publisher: Untreed Reads was started in February of 2010 by Jay Hartman, a twelve-year veteran of the ebook industry and K.D. Sullivan, an author with multiple books in print on proofreading, editing and structure. They are one of very few publishers who place an emphasis on publishing short stories that stand alone rather than in anthologies. In addition, they also publish regular full-length content in both fiction and nonfiction.

OFFTHEBOOKSHELF.COM (from the website)

In 2010, OffTheBookshelf.com was created by Scott Weisenthal. It is a community where independent authors and publishers can forge a more personal relationship with readers, and where technology can enhance the craft of writing.

Authors and publishers can set up their own bookstore, market themselves, sell books at the price they want, connect with like-minded readers, create their own cover art, convert their books to epub FOR FREE and get mass distribution. The site is NOT a vanity press, although authors can self publish, and we are constantly developing new tools for writers and readers in this evolving digital world.

If you know of any other hidden treasures waiting to help me exceed my e-book budget, please share.

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