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Friday, 4 May 2012

The Quest for Premium Status

After publishing via smashwords, I have been hoping to secure the illusive premium status, which will allow my book to sell via Apple and Barnes & Noble, etc...today I think I discovered what I had done wrong.  So, I will keep my fingers crossed and hope it will get accepted soon.

I have to admit that I debated publishing through Amazon as well,but I am confused.  I don't want to sell via the KDP scheme.  I self-published to maintain control, not to lose it!  Also, I think I need to purchase an ISBN number (even though it says it is optional - can anyone clarify this point?) which is $100. So, again, why would I want to do this when I get one for free at Smashbooks?

Also, you can download onto any media via smashwords - you can only download to Kindle via Amazon.  Is this true?  Again, does this smell of monopoly to you?

I guess if all I cared about was sales, Amazon is the place to be?  Or, is it? 

I think more people will have an ipad as they see what an excellent tool it is.  And personally, I love to read books on it. It's bigger, better and clearer.  Then again I recently bought a Kobo and again was surprised at how easy it was.  WiFi enabled, with access to the internet at £75 - a bargain.  So, why would you buy a kindle at over £100?

Am I missing the point?

Anyway, add comments to my musings and have an excellent weekend...
Vanessa :)


  1. The beauty of formatting for smashwords Premium is not only does your eBook get shipped to Amazon but it also is shipped out to Sony,Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Diesel and Baker-Taylor. Yes you get into Smashwords Premium and you go into 7 major eBook stores and it does not matter what type of reader they have, if you are in Smashwords Premium every reader will be able to read your eBook.

  2. Thanks for the comment, but I have been reading the fine print! It does not get shipped to amazon unless you make sales of $1000. They recommend you publish on amazon until then...this is why I also chose to publish on amazon...thanks for the comment! Vanessa :)

  3. Vanessa,
    Found your blog via WW and your comments on my last post. I published with Smashwords first as it included an ISBN which I could use anywhere.
    I waited a while to get into Premium. When nothing happened - around January this year - I asked them why. They admitted a glitch and quickly put it right.
    I omitted Amazon from their option and did it with KDP myself

  4. Thanks for that...I have just sent them a few emails. I'll wait and see...as you can see from the blog I also published via kdp...

    Nice to see you here :)