Smashwords Inks Distribution Deal with Barnes & Noble


By Jason Boog Comment

swlogo.jpgLate on Friday, the digital self-publishing company Smashwords announced a new distribution agreement with Barnes & Noble, as the bookselling giant agreed to sell e-book titles produced by the online digital book publisher.

Smashwords helps publishers and authors create, market, and sell e-books online, giving back all authors 85 percent the net proceeds from book sales. The company’s current collection contains 2,600 titles, and Smashword titles should be listed on the Barnes & Noble site in the next thirty days.

Smashword’s distribution model also includes this new “premium feed” feature, aimed at widening distribution channels for their authors: “This new catalog is distributed to major online retailers and other distribution outlets that have higher mechanical standards such as requiring quality book cover images, books with copyright pages, and other requirements outlined below.”