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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Smashwords Success Story
Dianna Dilworth on GalleyCat reports that digital publishing site Smashwords has just published its five-billionth word.
Smashwords founder Mark Coker revealed some interesting statistics in a blog post:
“As I write this, five of the Apple’s iBookstore’s top 20 bestsellers are from Smashwords authors R.L. Mathewson, S.C. Stephens and Jamie McGuire (Jamie just sold rights to a traditional publisher). That’s one in four. 12 months ago, those five slots were occupied by the books from traditional publishers. 12 months from now, how many more slots will be occupied by an indie author? That’s up to you.”
AppNewser has more about sales projections: “According to Coker, Smashwords retailers will sell $18 to $20 million worth of eBooks this year.”