Smashwords Helps Author Publish eBook for Haiti

Social networks, eBook publishing, and POD technology make instant books possible as never before, and enable authors to write and publish in response to current events as they’re unfolding. That’s what happened for author Greg McQueen, who is from the U.K. but lives in Denmark. After the earthquake in Haiti, he wanted to do something to help, and so posted the above call to action on YouTube, and it resulted, six weeks later, in an anthology of 1,000 word stories to benefit Haiti: ‘100 Stories for Haiti,‘ which was published yesterday on Smashwords.

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Smashwords founder Mark Coker praises the project and also notes that it “also provides a hint, I think, of what the future of book publishing might look like…Powerful free online publishing tools, combined with the instant community formation enabled by Twitter and Facebook — allow virtual publishers to spontaneously emerge, collaborate, edit and publish in minutes or days.”

You can pay whatever you want for the book at Smashwords, and all proceeds, minus credit card fees, are donated to Haitian relief efforts. It’s also available in a print edition from Bridge House books in the UK.