All About Smashwords- Q&A on Why (or Why Not) to Use It.
What is Smashwords?
Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform, serving authors, publishers, readers and major ebook retailers. Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, personal memoirs, poetry chapbooks, short and long-form fiction, and non-fiction. If it’s written, Smashwords wants to help you share it and read it!
What does Smashwords offer readers?
Smashwords offers book lovers an opportunity to discover thousands of independently published ebooks. They offer affordably priced ebooks for immediate sampling,purchase and download. Most Smashwords books are readable on any e-reading device. One purchase and you gain access to multiple formats.
Below are ways various eReaders can access Smashword eBooks.
How can I read a Smashwords ebook on my desktop, laptop or tablet computer?
EPUB – Download the free Adobe Digital Editions (for PCs and Laptops). Adobe Digital Editions is great for Smashwords authors who want to inspect their files. For Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, download the free Apple iBooks app, or consider other great free apps such as Stanza or Bluefire (all available in the Apple App store).
PDF – Use Adobe Acrobat. Most computers come pre-installed with Adobe Acrobat (if not, click here to download it for free).
RTF – Read in any word processor.
After you install one of the above apps, simply return to your Library, click to the book you want to download, then click to download the appropriate file format. Your web browser should ask you if you want to use the app to read immediately, or if you want to download the book to your computer (if you download to your computer, the Desktop is a good location to drop the file so you can find it. Please note there are many third party e-reading software applications, and Smashwords cannot provide you customer support on how to install or use them. Most have online help files.
How do I download books to my Kindle?
You’ll find links to all your purchased books in your Smashwords Libary. Plug your Kindle into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kindle. This makes your Kindle appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you purchase the book, from the book’s book page click to download the “Kindle” format. Next, navigate to where you see the Kindle show up as a hard drive on your computer. Next, just drop the book’s file (it should end in file name of .mobi) to the Kindle’s “documents” folder. Then disconnect the Kindle from your computer and the book will be ready to read. If you already downloaded the .MOBI file to your computer, here’s a helpful YouTube video that shows how to drag the file from your desktop to the Kindle’s documents folder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UPOgXDYj3M (video not produced by Smashwords)
Amazon’s support page provides additional options at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200140600, including the option to email a file to your Kindle (Amazon charges a small fee for this).
Kindle books from Smashwords: SUPER EASY!! When you set up your Kindle device, you get an email address. Once you buy a book from Smashwords, you just email the MOBI file to that free Kindle address and your book is fully-loaded on your Kindle device the next time you turn it on. Like magic
How do I download books to my Kindle from my Mac?
First, go to your web browser’s Preferences and click Downloads. Make sure to click on the box that directs your browser to ask you where you want to save downloads. If you don’t do this first step, your files may go to your Downloads folder, and then it will be difficult to move them to your Kindle. Next, connect your Kindle to your Mac using the USB cable that came with your Kindle. Next, click to your Smashwords Library to find the link for your purchased book. Then click to download the .MOBI file. When your browser asks where you want to save the file, navigate to your Kindle’s “Documents” folder, and drop the file there. After a few seconds, unplug your Kindle’s USB cable and you’re ready to read.
How do I add an ebook to my Kindle App on Android?
Download to the .mobi version of your ebook to your computer (remember where you put it). Plug your Android device via USB into your computer. On your Android device set it to ‘USB storage’ this may be a pop up query, but you may have to activate it from you device settings. Navigate from your computer to the /kindle folder and copy the .mobi file here. Eject or dismount your phone safely from the computer before disconnecting the cable. And don’t forget to uncheck the ‘USB storage’ button on your Android device (Thanks to Smashwords customer Darold Dickey for contributing this FAQ).
I have a Kindle account. Isn’t that a better option to buy from than Smashwords?
It depends. Buying direct from Amazon/Kindle store allows you to read you eBook on your Kindle and on Kindle apps for iPad and smartphones seamlessly. If you buy from Smashwords, you can read your book on even more devices, although you’ll likely have to move the book files manually to each different device. It’s a matter of personal preference. List prices are the same for either option.
How do I download books to my iPhone or iPod Touch?
Stanza is a great e-reading app that offers full integration with your personal Smashwords library. Just download the free Stanza app, then using the Safari browser, log into your Smashwords account. You’ll see a convenient link on the home page that allows you to import your Smashwords library directly into Stanza. This way, whenever you purchase a book at Smashwords, it’s instantly readable in Stanza. In addition to Stanza, you can also download the Kobo app, where you’ll find thousands of Smashwords books available for sale (this, however, cannot integrate with your personal Smashwords library, as can Stanza).
How do I download books to my iPad?
Download Apple’s iBooks app, if you haven’t already. Next, use the iPad’s web browser to visit the Smashwords book page, then download the EPUB version of the book. The iPad will give you the option to load the book into your iBooks library. If you have other favorite e-reading apps installed, it may also give you the option to open the books in your other e-reading apps as well.
I enjoy reading samples on my Aldiko reader on Android, but I’m getting an error on the purchased book
Before you download the full purchased version, try deleting the partial sample from your Aldiko reader. This usually solves the problem.
How do I download books to the Sony Reader?
Sony is an authorized Smashwords retailer, so you can find many Smashwords ebooks in their store. You can also purchase directly at Smashwords and download them to the Sony Reader. The Sony Reader supports the EPUB format. Here’s the step-by-step: 1. Plug your Sony Reader into your computer using the USB cable that came with your Reader. You’ll know the Sony Reader is connected when you see the Reader Library software pop up on your screen. 2. Go to your web browser, and click to the Smashwords Library where you can click to the book page for the book you want to download. Scroll down the page to the table of download options. 3. Click to download the EPUB version. 4. Your browser should pop up a window asking if you want to open the file with the Reader software, or if you want to save the file. 5. Select the save option, which will allow you to download it. 6. Next, navigate your system directory (PC users: Click My Computer), where you’ll see your Sony Reader appear as a hard drive labeled as READER: E (or some other letter), then click READER, then click the directory for Database, then click the directory for Books. This is where you’ll save the file. After you save the file there, wait about 30 seconds and then you can unplug the Reader from the USB cable and your book is ready to read.
How do I download books to the Barnes & Noble nook?
Barnes & Noble is an authorized Smashwords retailer, so over 40,000 of the books you see at Smashwords are also for sale at B&N. (The Economy of One: CODE for Free Agents is availabe at B&N’s nook store in a special “nook edition.”) If you buy the book from Smashwords and want to put it on the nook, just attach the nook to your personal computer via the USB cable (makes it appear as a hard drive), and then download your books directly to your nook’s My Documents folder. B&N calls the process “sideloading.” Here’s a video on the process: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/video.asp?bnit=H&bnrefer=EBOOKS&cds2Pid=30195#vid2
I have a Nook account. Isn’t that a better option to buy from than Smashwords?
It depends. Buying direct from Banes & Noble/Nook store allows you to read you eBook on your Nook and on Nook apps for iPad and smartphones seamlessly. If you buy from Smashwords, you can read your book on even more devices, although you’ll likely have to move the book files manually to each different device. It’s a matter of personal preference. List prices are the same for either option.
How do I download books to my Kobo Reader?
Connect your Kobo Reader to your computer using the USB cable and then drag and drop books to add them to your library. After you connect your Kobo Reader to your computer using the USB cable, tap Connect on your Kobo Reader screen. When Windows prompts you for an action, select ‘Open folder to view files.’ A window should open, showing the contents of your device. In another window, go to the location of your ebooks on your computer and drag and drop then into the Kobo library window. These instructions are excerpted from Kobo’s online documentation. If you have better instructions, please contact us via the “Comments/questions” link above.
Do I get charged for reading a sample?
No, samples are free.
How do I review a book?
Anyone who has purchased a Smashwords book is able to review it by clicking back to the book page. Below the different file format options is a link where you can review the book. Remember to select a star rating as well. Once you review a book, a link to your profile page appears in your review, and your review also appears on your personal profile page. If a book is free, anyone can review it. If you do not see the review link, it means you haven’t purchased the book yet. Authors are not able to review their own books.
How do I buy The Economy of One: CODE for Free Agents?
To order an E-book in virtually any electronic format for virtually any eReader or your PC, order direct from Smashwords by clicking http://smashwords.com/b/88681 (to see all E-books available from Elizabeth, click: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ElizabethAllenCODE ) To receive a Eof1.com store discount price of $6.99 use coupon code PQ27K at checkout.
If Smashwords isn’t for you, you can buy the Economy of One: CODE for Free Agents at many other retailers in print or eBook through our virtual eStore.
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