In the last week, Homepreneurs published step-by-step guides for using SmashWords and Kindle for creating eBooks. I used a previously written piece of fiction for both SmashWords and Kindle to record and document instructions. The same, unmodified work was used for both to view formatting and learn about results with one notable difference: the SmashWords version was initially offered for free – the first several days – then a price of $.99 was applied. Wish Kindle, a price of $.99 was immediately applied after the eBook was published.
I can now say that I am both a published author with sales in addition! Once again, if I can do this, so can you!
This post is a simple report on results noted thus far:
– SmashWords – work submitted 10-18-12 – 168 downloads, all free. Price added 10-24-12. None purchased as of 10-27-12.
– Kindle – work submitted 10-26-12 – 1 unit sold as of 10-27-12.
Because of the difference in free vs. charged, no firm conclusions are made about which service is better. Also, this was a work of fiction published under a random, unknown pseudonym. One can conclude however, that both services are very easy to use and will potentially make money for an author, provided the topic and price are in-demand.
Future tests with eBooks are forthcoming and publishing parameters will be the same. Stay tuned for updates!
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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