Smashwords is one of those Love 'Em or Hate 'Em ebook distribution sites.
Smashwords gives ebook writers the ability to upload their ebook for distribution to Nook, Kobo ... and, yes, even Kindle (directly from Smashwords' own site through a mobi download). One upload, chomp, chomp by Meatgrinder, pass into the Premium Catalog, and out into the ereader world. (Okay, pun intended. Hehe.)
It's too hard to prepare the ebook for upload. Meatgrinder -- yeah, right: chomp, chomp spit out an unreadable ebook. It's too hard to get into the Premium Catalog. It takes too long to get my money.
Like I said, Love 'Em or Hate 'Em.
Science fiction writer J. A. Marlow posted Part 1 of his two part post on why ebook authors need to use the Smashwords Distribution Channel . He addresses the most common writer arguments against using Smashwords for distribution.
Part 1 gives you some things to think about and he promises Part 2 will follow.