Happy Hump Day, WG2E-Land!
Last week, Smashwords announced that Apple had added 18 new countries to their distribution, bringing their total to 50 countries. And every single one of those will be a new channel for Smashword’s Authors!!!
Here’s the article from Smashword Founder Mark Coker:
The new countries include Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, and New Zealand.
Apple now has the broadest distribution for Indie Epublished Books.
Coker goes on to say:
For the month of September 2012, Smashwords authors and publishers yielded fully 46% of their Apple sales from stores outside the United States. With the launch of these 18 new stores, I expect November will easily cross 50%. For the month of September, our largest markets outside the US were Australia, the U.K. and Canada, in that order.
I can tell you, personally, where I fit into his statistics…
I make between $150 and $300 per month on Apple (via Smashwords), with highs at $500+. And between 30% and 45% of those sales are in Apple’s international markets. Australia is first for me, with Canada and the U.K tied for second.
I’m thrilled to be able to reach these global markets and the readers that make up their customer bases.
And I love that international authors can publish via Smashwords, whereas they can’t on Barnes & Noble.
This new development is also another HUGE reason to not go Exclusive with platforms like Amazon KDP Select or Nook First. For example, it takes several months to reach international markets via the Smashwords-Apple distribution channels, and each month you’re exclusive, prevents that progress for another month.
Thanks to the Smashwords-Apple channels, 7 of my books so far have hit Apple’s Bestseller Charts many times for the U.S., UK, Canada and Australia markets.
In 2012, I’ll have made around $12,000 via Smashwords with Apple as the second highest etailer in that total. Only B&N beat it (for the three titles I’d distributed to Nook via Smashwords, prior to Pubit going live).
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: What are your thoughts on this recent development? How many of you are in Apple’s international stores thanks to Smashwords?
The Best of International Ebook Sales Wishes — D. D. Scott
D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing. You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.