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Monday, 17 December 2012

Amazon KDP v Smashwords

Well, we've spent a few weeks now configuring, adjusting and re-editing books to accommodate Smashwords' rather severe content guidelines, but has it been worth it in contrast to the more easygoing Amazon KDP requirements?

In a word, yes.

As hinted at in an earlier post, Smashwords not only care about the quality of the formatted material they allow users to submit, they also provide their own guidelines and help documents, with unambiguous information and helpful tips to correct editing which actually work. My guess is that once you've been through the SW grinder a couple of times and finally gotten a book approved for their .epub distribution, you'll know pretty much every possible formatting and layout mistake that you could ever make, and how to fix it, in the unlikely event you ever make it again in future. It's a learning curve, this digital formatting business, but one that's definitely well worth pursuing (at least until these platforms are able to provide full PDF document support, which may never come). SW's user stats and tools are infinitely superior to KDP's basic weekly and monthly reports, with daily graphs and all the cool, helpful info you could ever want.

In any case, Maranatha has now joined Malaria 9 in our growing SW catalogue, under its original ebook ISBN which was assigned to it under Amazon's KDP but which Amazon never seemed bothered about listing.

In other news, I'm not sure if it's simply due to the 'adult content' filter being turned on under our profile (so that we can actually view our own books, which, while hardly being 'over the top', were never designed to be kiddie-friendly), but there seems to be a heck of a lot of seriously gross-out porn freely available on SW. Perhaps it's just because there's an awful lot of it, but it's a slightly disturbing trend nonetheless, and not something I particularly like my own material to be associated with (although there's no accounting for potential buyers' browsing habits). I'm no prude and am pretty open-minded when it comes to adult material, but some of the titles alone in the viewers' and purchasers' lists makes me want to squirm. Well, as I always say: if you don't like it, don't look at it. I don't, so I won't, and that's all we have to say about that.


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