Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Smashwords: Smashwords and Flipkart to End Distribution Relati...

Whew! Another one gone.
Panzer made a trip over to the Smashwords Blog today. Our telepathic kitty discovered a new post by Mark Coker.

According to Mr. Coker, India's FlipKart ebook sales site is ending their distribution agreement with Smashwords. It appears FlipKart doesn't have a large enough structure yet to accommodate Smashwords distribution needs.

Turns out, when authors joined Amazon's KDP Select program and cancelled their distribution to other e-tailers through Smashwords, FlipKart couldn't remove the ebooks fast enough for Amazon. Authors where finding their ebooks removed from KDP Select and threatened with losing their KDP accounts because their ebooks were still listed for sale on FlipKart in violation of the Amazon exclusivity clause.

This also means authors won't have ebook distribution in India through Smashwords and will have to use Amazon for that.

Panzer says, "Just shows the ripple effect Amazon has on the ebook world."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post, so you'll need a r-i-v-e-r of tea and a m-o-u-n-t-a-i-n-sized muffin, while you read.

To read the post, tootle over to Smashwords: Smashwords and Flipkart to End Distribution Relati...:

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