Amazon.com sold more than 1 million Kindle e-reader devices per week in December 2011 (Business Wire). Sales of the Nook reader from Barnes and Noble are up 70% over last year, and hundreds of thousands of Kobo readers have been activated every day since Christmas Eve (PR Newswire). That’s not counting all the tablets and smartphones with e-book readings apps on them. Sales of eBooks have skyrocketed, and already outstrip sales of print books in some categories.
The eBook revolution lowers the barriers to publication while offering better royalties than print books and drastically reducing the production and distribution costs associated with producing physical products. Flexible pricing structures put an end to the requirement to wait until you have 50,000 words or more to publish, allowing you to be timely and topical.
Mark Coker will cover:
- How to publish, distribute and sell an eBook
- How to package your smarts into a scalable, sellable eBook product
- The best practices of the most commercially successful eBook authors.
Mark Coker founded Smashwords–an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers, agents and readers–in 2008 to change the way books are published, marketed and sold. Today, ebooks are one of the hottest trends in the publishing industry. Coker promises to demystify an unfolding world relevant to writers regardless of genre and form. Bring your notebook and questions!
Mark is co-author along with his wife, Lesleyann, of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the behind-the-scenes world of daytime television soap operas. It was Mark’s experience trying to get Boob Tube published that inspired him to start Smashwords. He believes Smashwords holds the promise to make publishing more enriching for authors, readers, and publishers.
In the three years since its launch, Smashwords has grown to become the leading ebook distributor serving indie authors, small presses, and literary agents. Over 40,000 authors from around the world have published more than 120,000 books at Smashwords. In June 2010, The Wall Street Journal named Mark one of the “Eight Stars of Self-Publishing.” Mark is a contributing columnist for the Huffington Post, where he writes about ebooks and the future of publishing.